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10 Downsides to Open-Concept Living You’ve Never Considered

Over the past decade, open-concept homes have steadily increased in popularity – but some experts are forecasting a decline in the popular floor plan design in the coming months and years. From open office plans to individual homes, will the current state of the world truly impact how we view open-concept spaces going forward? Some are predicting homeowners will return to multiple rooms and clearly defined spaces in an effort to quell the spread of germs and provide more privacy. While there are certainly upsides to an open-concept floor plan, especially for families, will people decide that a more traditional closed-concept home is ultimately the better choice? Either way, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons before moving or tearing down walls. Here are some drawbacks to keep in mind.

Published January 14, 2018, Updated June 5, 2020

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