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  • Writer's pictureConnor Grieb

Open-plan Living is the New Lifestyle Trend

Updated: Dec 14, 2022

The majority of our clients request open-plan living in the homes we design and build for them. Approximately 80% of our waking hours in our homes are spent in the kitchen, breakfast room, and family room. It makes sense that this core area of our homes are spacious, bright, and comfortable. The idea of a separate kitchen cut off from family room activities no longer appeals to most of today’s young families.

The Colonial project shown above is a perfect example of how we implemented the open-plan living design. (

This classic home with a modern interior offers an unobstructed view that is open to fabulous sunsets and an open loft-like plan. The kitchen, breakfast room, and family room are one large and open area with large windows on three sides, french doors to a large wrap-around deck, and great versatility. This one large core family area has great circulation with direct access to both staircases and all the other rooms. A gracious entry court with specimen plantings that we carefully preserved welcomes all on arrival. The house presents as a beautifully detailed colonial-style house, yet the interior has an open modern plan with nine-foot ceilings and large windows and doors opening toward a magnificent view, deck, and private stone-walled property.

Abundant daylight, a custom chef’s kitchen, and crisp detailing create a stylish setting for casual loft-like living in the main spaces. Formal yet unpretentious dining and living rooms open to a main stair hall for entertaining. Myriad custom built-ins such as a wet bar, butler’s pantry, custom vanities, and fine finish materials give this comfortable residence great value.

Are you ready to design and build your open-plan home? If so, contact Riverside Design and Build, LLC today at

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