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Seven Reasons Why Buyers Consider Open Floor Plans in Their New Homes in Bucks County

Categories: Bucks County Homes, Floor Plans | Posted: September 18, 2019

An open floor plan offers homeowners a number of options when it comes to decor and design, making it an extremely desirable layout for modern lifestyles. As they continue to rise in popularity, more and more builders are offering what was once a luxurious option as a standard layout.


What is an open floor plan? You’ve probably heard the term numerous times as you are searching for your new home in Bucks County. While this trend seems to becoming a must-have in any home, it actually originated in 1886, beginning with making the kitchen more of a social room, rather then just a place to serve the family meal. These new designs provided flexibility for growing families and turned usable space into a high commodity. The concept has evolved over the years to include multiple floors and many rooms, all to provide as much flow and function as possible.


Many of the new homes in Bucks Countythat are on the market today feature open floor plans. Most commonly, an open concept means the main floor of the house contains multiple rooms in one large space. The kitchen, dining room, and living room can be combined and visual markers, such as an island or other large pieces of furniture, are used to visually separate each space.


The Many Appealsof an Open Floor Plan


For homes of any size, an open floor plan provides numerous benefits. What started as a trend now seems like the norm for newly constructed homes. This desirable design aesthetic is popular for a number of reasons including:


  1. Increases Natural Light: With fewer walls, natural light from windows can stream into the house, making the new space feel airy and bright all year long.


  1. Creates More Space: An open floor plan maximizes the square footage of a property giving homeowners the freedom to create a natural flow while making the most out of the space available. With little to no walls, doors, or pillars the visual and physical flow is enhanced throughout the space.


  1. Combines the Interior and Exterior: An open concept combined with large windows and glass doors, makes it easy to bring the feel of the outside in. A porch or patio can visually become an extension of your indoor living area while allowing easy access to your dining or living room without it feeling too secluded from the rest of your house.


  1. Better Communication: Make dinner while your kids play in the living room or work on homework in the dining room. With fewer obstacles to hinder communication, it’s so easy to hold conversations and keep an eye on everyone. An open concept allows for each member of the family to attend to their individual task and still spend time together.


  1. Ideal for Entertaining: If you love hosting informal get-togethers, upscale soirées or holiday events, an open concept is ideal. Guests can mingle with ease, areas for seating are expandable, and you can host without the hassle of wondering what is happening in separate rooms.


  1. Flexible Layout: With minimal or no walls impeding the space, you can change around rooms as needed. While there is no clear distinction between rooms, this creates options for multifunctional family living and allows owners to use the space in a way that fits their needs best. A simple desk area creates an at-home office or a place for the kids to dive into home work. A sunroom can be designated as a place to relax or become a breakfast area for informal meals.


  1. Enhances Aging in Place: Open concept living can allow residents to stay in their home longer. Fewer hinderances like walls, columns or doors allow ease of movement throughout the home. The ability to rearrange furniture to accommodate a walker or wheel chair creates an advantage over a traditional home layout.



The Arbors at Hilltown: Eight Gorgeous Open Floor Concepts


Hallmark Homes Group grasps the open concept for homebuyers with eight gorgeous open concept floorplan layouts available at their newest community, The Arbors at Hilltown in Sellersville. These new homes in Bucks Countyare not your run-of-the-mill dwellings as evidenced by three popular home designs; The Jefferson, The Monroe and the Roosevelt.


The Jefferson4 bedroom, 2-1/2 bath layout presents the ultimate in open concept living. Entering the home, a two-story foyer opens on the left to a living area and, to the right, a large formal dining area is designated by elegant columns. Beyond the main entry, an expansive kitchen opens into the breakfast area and two-story family room where a soaring wall of windows invites the outdoors inside. A second stair open into the family room leads to the privacy of the upstairs level.


The Monroe, the most spacious option at The Arbors at Hilltown, is a home with approximately 3,600 square feet, four bedrooms, and three and a half bathrooms. A two-story foyer and open turned stair are flanked by living and dining areas that flow from one space to another. The airy two-story family room allows for a dramatic wall of windows and is open to a gourmet center-island kitchen and sunny breakfast room. Upstairs and down, The Monroe presents owners with the best of both worlds; expansive open concept living along with private, personal spaces including a large owner’s retreat and an in-law suite option.


The Rooseveltwith 3,391 sq. ft. of living space, 4-bedrooms, and 2 1/2 baths exudes a dramatic open feel combined with the finest features all under one roof. As you enter the home, a striking split stairway opens front-to-back creating an immediate connection of the more formal open dining and living space in the front of the home to the airy living space beyond. This view-inspired stair overlooks the heart of the home – a spacious island kitchen that flows into the two-story family room. Like the Monroe layout, personal spaces in the Roosevelt include a private study and a grand owner’s retreat with cathedral ceiling, sitting room, and lavish bath.


Best of all, this extraordinary level of luxury and openness can be experienced both through a virtual touronline or a visit onsiteto the Roosevelt decorated model home at The Arbors at Hilltown.


Explore Open Concept Living First-Hand


With stunning open floorplans that provide luxury and function beyond expectations,

Hallmark Homes Group answers to the lifestyles of today’s families. If you are in the market for new home and an open concept design fits your lifestyle, visit The Arbors at Hilltown.



Connie Sweeney

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