I'm surprised this morning that there's even a debate about open plan living. I can't imagine anyone wanting a kitchen and living and dining area separate, and ideally also spilling out into some sort of outdoor entertaining area. Sure a separate formal lounge can be lovely, as can a separate entertainment room, and you absolutely need privacy in bedrooms and bathrooms, but open plan living areas are fantastic for having lots of light and a communal space that people can enjoy together. As long as its not too big then heating/cooling and noise isn't really a problem is it?
Who doesn't like open plan houses?
This seemed the most sensible perspective from the article:
"To date, we have not had a client who has wanted the kitchen, living and dining areas completely separate from each other. I think it is a key feature in the quintessential ideal Sydney lifestyle of indoor/outdoor living. Without a doubt this is how I would design my own home.
We often segment out TV rooms and playrooms for the kids or a study space for adults to work or read and get away. Having these “private” spaces allows the “public” open plan living to be a space for people to come together and often entertain.
Space is at a premium and everyone is always trying to maximise space and light in their renovations or new builds, and having less walls and a more open plan layout allows us to achieve this."
I don't think I could live in a totally open plan house or apartment, like a warehouse, but it makes sense for kitchen and living areas. They are the centre of the house these days and where all the activity happens.