Is Open Concept Finally Over?

Homebuyers might finally have had enough of the open concept floor plan. For more than a decade open concept floor plans have been in huge demand among homebuyers who wanted to have options when it came to deciding how to use their home. And that makes sense. Families change in size and now it’s common to have at least one person in the home working from home so space needs to be flexible in order to meet the needs of the people living there.

But people are now realizing that open concept space, while it looks great on Pinterest and Instagram, is really not fun to live in. Adults are tired of trying to throw dinner parties and having people watching them cook or starting at the mess of the cooking process while they eat. Parents are realizing that it’s loud and distracting to have kids watching TV and playing in an open concept kitchen with an attached family room. People are once again longing for walls and closed off space.

Open concept homes in Leduc are still something that lots of buyers are looking for. But be prepared for that trend to start to shift towards closed off kitchens and separate living spaces over the next few years. Within a decade the open concept trend will be long gone and once again buyers will be searching for closed off kitchens and homes with lots of separate dedicated living space for things like a home gym or a home office.

That’s good news for sellers of older homes or vintage homes who have been overlooked by buyers for many years. Once again, the trend of home dining and closed in kitchens will be back in a back way and vintage style homes that have closed off separate kitchens and dining rooms will be in high demand. Well kept-up vintage homes will become very popular so homeowners that think they might want to sell in the next few years should start investing in updating their vintage homes but leaving the closed kitchen and separate dining room intact to attract buyers who in a few years will be gravitating towards vintage sensibility instead of open concept floor plans.

Craftsman style homes, which are always popular, will become even more in demand as people look for smaller homes that will require less energy to heat and cool. The open concept huge family homes with tons of space but not a lot of useable space are definitely beginning to fall out of favor with Millennial homebuyers and Generation Z homebuyers who want smaller, energy efficient, affordable homes that won’t cost a fortune to maintain. Empty nesters also are looking for smaller, luxurious and closed off homes that they can enjoy their retirement in. 

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