[font=times new roman]Open Home Floor Plans Can Breed Too Much Togetherness
"Great Rooms" and other shared spaces are being replaced by more walls and private retreats.[/font]
"After two decades of pushing the open floor plan--where domestic life revolved around a big central space and exposed kitchens gave everyone a view of half the house -- major builders and top architects are walling people off. They're touting one-person "Internet alcoves," locked-door "away rooms" and his-and-her offices on opposite ends of the house. The new floor plans offer so much seclusion, they're "good for the dysfunctional family," says Gopal Ahluwahlia, director of research for the National Association of Home Builders."
[font=times new roman]I mean, just considering the rise in popularity of home entertainment solutions, multimedia, fabulous flat panel displays and the http://www.... will that change how we see/design our living spaces?[/font]
Like in the 1980s, the cool thing was to start 'knocking' walls all over the place.... will the opposite happen now, with people making lots of little private cells?
Brian O' Hanlon.