Open Concept or Traditional Floor Plan? How to Choose

As a custom home builder in Tampa, our goal is to collaborate with our clients to bring their luxury home dreams to life.

To do this, we work closely with our clients to educate them and provide the information needed to make decisions that complement their lifestyle and vision.

A common point of discussion during the planning process is choosing between an open concept floor plan  or traditional floor plan.

In order to answer this question, it’s important to get a better understanding of each and their respective pros and cons.

In this blog post, we’ll do just that.

Open Concept vs. Traditional Floor Plan

An open concept floor plan combines two or more rooms to create a large, “open” layout. An example of an open concept would be the common option which combines the kitchen, dining room, and living area in one space.

Conversely, the traditional floor plan has more defined spaces as rooms are separated by walls.

Now that we’ve established the difference, let’s look at the pros and cons of each to help you determine which you’d prefer if you were to build a luxury custom home in Florida with us.

Pros and Cons of an Open-Concept Floor Plan


  1. An open-concept floor plan is perfect for people who like to entertain and also for those  in charge of the daily cooking duties. That’s because in this layout, the living room where people watch TV and the dining room where homework is sometimes done would all flow with the kitchen to create a large open space that encourages sociability.
  2. Without walls to separate rooms, it’s easier for homeowners to reconfigure the layout. This gives them the opportunity to have the living space grow with their needs. Let’s say, for example, you created a sitting area. But, after the pandemic began and schools closed, you needed to create a space in your home for your kids to do their homework. With an open-concept floor plan, you’d be able to transform this space into an area where your kids can do their school work and you can keep an eye on them while you’re doing other things like cooking dinner, for example.
  3. An open floor plan typically invites more light into the space as natural light from one room can encompass other areas which makes the space feel bigger and brighter.


  1. Open-concept floor plans lack privacy. Although the increased sociability that comes with this floor plan can be seen as a positive, in some instances it can be viewed as a negative. And, as more people find themselves working from home, they might need a designated space they can go to for quiet and privacy in order to get their work done.
  2. The space can feel cluttered since it’s home to various rooms that serve different functions. It takes a certain level of design skill to seamlessly define the spaces in an open-concept floor plan.
  3. Noise can be an issue with this type of layout because there aren’t interior walls to block sound which again can create a problem for those seeking quiet and privacy.

Pros and Cons of a Traditional Floor Plan


  1. With a traditional floor plan, every room serves a specific purpose, and as mentioned before, as more people find themselves working remotely, having a designated home office can be crucial for privacy and productivity.
  2. To build off the latter point, homeowners have a bit more creative freedom to build out their design ideas with this floor plan. As opposed to an open concept where design elements require a level of fluidity and cohesion, a traditional floor plan lends itself to a bit more creative flexibility.
  3. Unlike an open concept, a traditional floor plan gives homeowner’s the ability to control the temperature in individual rooms which in turn reduces energy costs.


  1. While this layout creates a sense of privacy, it can also make things feel cramped and isolated. This might be especially noticeable when entertaining as guests might be crowded in one room.
  2. A traditional floor plan could negatively affect the resale value of a home. That’s because in today’s society, many people are looking for some level of an open-concept floor plan.
  3. If you love bright spaces, this floor plan might make it hard to capitalize on natural light.

Just like with most things in life, there are pros and cons that factor into every decision, and deciding on an open or traditional floor plan is no exception.

But, as a luxury custom home builder in Tampa, our clients can expect to see and feel the Waterstone difference to make the right choices that will transform custom home dreams into reality.

Interested in learning more about the custom home building process in the Tampa Bay area? If so, contact our team at Waterstone City Homes today.

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