Oct 03, 2019 Floor Plans

The Great Debate: Open Concept vs. Defined Rooms

Open concept floor plans have risen in popularity, but some are advocating for a return to more traditional layouts with defined rooms. Where do you stand on this Great Debate?

Open floor plans can be great to keep everyone in the conversation or to keep an eye on young kids. Many of our homes have open concepts where the kitchen and great room are one room. Some of our floor plans even have the kitchen, great room and dining room/breakfast room all together. Kids can sit at the kitchen island and do homework while other family members relax and watch TV or make dinner. The same is true for entertaining–you can have a lot of people in different areas, but all together.

On the other hand, a more defined layout creates separate spaces for eating and living. Many Wayne Homes have defined spaces, such as formal living rooms and dining rooms, in addition to open rooms. Private office nooks create a separate space for studying or working at home. Some of our floor plans have the kitchen and great room separated, which has a big bonus–your guests won’t see the mess in the kitchen if you don’t want them to!

Let’s break down the pros and cons of each:

Open Concept Floor Plans


  • Better traffic flow
  • Great for entertaining
  • Shared light throughout the rooms
  • Increases your home’s value to prospective buyers due to current popularity
  • Easier to watch kids
  • Layout flexibility–easier to reconfigure furnishings
  • Spaces can be multifunctional


  • Large, open rooms with high ceilings can be costly to heat or cool
  • Poor sound control–no walls to block noise
  • Lack of privacy

Popular Open Concept Floor Plans:

Cedar Hill 3 bedroom floor plan from Wayne Homes Hampton 2 story custom home from Wayne Homes Providence II 3 bedroom ranch custom home from Wayne Homes

Defined Spaces


  • Easier to heat and cool due to lower ceilings and confined spaces
  • Good for formal entertaining
  • Better sound control–room walls can block noise
  • More privacy


  • Harder to direct traffic–have to state which room for guests to go to
  • Less shared light throughout the house
  • Can be harder to watch young kids or connect with guests
  • Less flexibility within the layout–each room has a designated purpose

Popular Floor Plans with Defined Spaces:

Hartford II custom 2 story floor plan from Wayne Homes Princeton II custom 3 bedroom floor plan Wilmington 4 Bedroom 2.5 Bath Custom Floor Plan from Wayne Homes

What’s your favorite? Here are some popular Wayne floor plans for some that feature both!

Ranch Custom Home from Wayne Homes AlexandriaCovington Floor Plan: Two-Story Master Down Home - Wayne Homes

Whether you prefer an open concept or more traditional defined spaces, Wayne Homes has a floor plan that has exactly what you are looking for. Browse all of our floor plans or contact us with questions.

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