It was such a cute house, with a tiny little open concept kitchen, dining and living space - all facing the lake. The second bedroom and sole bathroom were tucked behind the kitchen, off a tiny hallway, but the master bedroom was behind the living room. It could be closed off from the main living area with huge sliding barn doors that, when left open, provided a beautiful view of the lake from the bed. Dreamy, right? It was a cleverly designed home but it was so small - and I'm convinced that only having one bathroom is a leading cause of divorce (I'm kidding...mostly). Interestingly, the couple who ended up buying that house supposedly did get a divorce and the couple who own it now have actually built a massive addition which, if they're wise, boasts another bathroom...
One of the reasons we pounced on our house the way we did was that the size and floor plan felt so perfect for us. I loved that the living, dining and kitchen were open to each other and faced the lake, but I appreciated that the bathrooms and laundry room were tucked away in the back of the house. The only alteration I would have made would have been to create a sliding wall between the living room and bedroom so that the bedroom could enjoy a lake view too - just like that little house I toured, all those years ago.
Nearly three years later, do I still love our open concept floor plan? That's a question I'm asked quite often.
Short answer: SO MUCH!
But (there's always a but!) - there are a lot of pros and cons of open concept living to consider. As trendy as an open concept floor plan is, I don't think it's the right choice for everyone. In an article for The Comfortable House, I've done my best to flesh out the pros and cons of open concept living for anyone who is on the fence, or just nosy (like me).
The points I've addressed are largely based on our lives, but it's a really in depth read and I've done my best to explain how our lifestyle, family situation, and preferences impact how we use and enjoy the space. I've also tried to think about how other couples and families might benefit from - and be irritated by - an open living space. I'd love to hear your thoughts!
It was a really fun article to write because I got to reflect on our life here in the lakehouse and try to remember a time when living here seemed like something that would never happen. I can see that little lake house I toured so long ago from my dining room! I drink my tea and look at it, thinking about just how interesting life's journey is sometimes.