August 16, 2017 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm #1340900
Do millennials have a stronger desire to buy homes with open floor plans than previous generations?
Thank you 🙂August 17, 2017 10:30 am at 10:30 am #1340974
Mrs. CTL is a designer/builder/realtor
I asked her your question…………..
This is true of Generation Xers
She has found that Millenials:
#1 are less apt to buy, they are swamped with student debt
#2 tend to entertain at restaurants, not their homes and don’t want the large entertaining spaces
#3 find security in compartmentalization>>>goodbye Great Room and breakfast bar leading from kitchen to family room. Hello formal dining room, a kitchen that is closed off so guests don’t see the mess and smell what’s cooking while visiting
The days of the McMansions are over, house size has been decreasing for a decade. Millenials don’t want to care for 2-5 acres of land and a 5 Bedroom 5 bath, 3 car garage home.
Mrs. CTL and I have 5 children, all are married. No child has more than 4 children (so far). Only the youngest who just married is living in a house with an open floor plan, and she didn’t choose it, we gave her the use of MIL’s home next door, as we moved MIL in with us this year for health reasons. She is the almost millenial, born in 1997. She is already asking about renovating the house, closing off the kitchen and creating a formal dining room.August 17, 2017 11:15 am at 11:15 am #1341092JosephParticipant
CTL, much of what you said is because millennials, overwhelmingly, choose urban areas of living, such as NYC, LA, SF, Chicago, etc., over suburbia. And land and space is at a premium in urban areas.August 18, 2017 6:08 pm at 6:08 pm #1342649Neville ChaimBerlinParticipant
I wholesale dismiss this entire idea of generational personality theory.
Open floor plans are stupid. If someones is being noisy in the kitchen, you can’t concentrate anywhere in like 60% of the house.August 18, 2017 6:31 pm at 6:31 pm #1342678apushatayidParticipant
As long as the bedroom and bathroom have doors that cloae, I’m good.August 19, 2017 9:39 pm at 9:39 pm #1342706
I watched one of those house buying shows and the couple said that they were looking for a house with walls, and definitely didn’t want an open floor plan. The show host said that they might be the first young couple, or couple their age, that isn’t looking for an open floor plan.
I thought about it. I definitely like the idea of a Great Room. Closed kitchens make it easier for me to eat more, and feel isolated, which facilitates more eating.
On the other hand, I do like rooms where I can work and then shut the door. It’s nice to be able to separate spaces with those boundaries. At the same time, not too many rooms or walls. But this is just me now, as one human. Who knows for later,
Thank you 🙂August 19, 2017 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm #1342724👑RebYidd23Participant
Millennials live in open floor plans because their apartments are so small, if they put in a wall, it would take up the whole apartment.August 19, 2017 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm #1342766
Nothing of what I said is because some millenials live in large cities.
Mrs. CTL and I live in suburban Connecticut. This is where she does business, not in large cities. Tons of Millenials live here and commute to NYC, that’s why Fairfiled County is made up of so many bedroom communities. Many towns still have minimum multi-acreage requirements for single family homes (something that makes it tough for Frum people).
Our neighborhood is older and has only a 1/2 acre requirement (although we have 2+ acres), three blocks away starts newer developments that have 3 acre minimum zoning.August 20, 2017 11:33 am at 11:33 am #1342916
Thank you. ☺ Yes the question is about preferences and tastes, disregarding home size. Just what is their dream house?
When they search for their dream home, starter home, whatever home, what do they want to see? What floor plan do they most like? Hope for? Pray for?August 20, 2017 11:33 am at 11:33 am #1342901kitovParticipant
Homes with open floor plans are difficult to heat in the winter and cool off in the summer.
Just one drafty window or door can allow all the heated or air conditioned air to escape.August 20, 2017 6:57 pm at 6:57 pm #1343177
The floor plan is not the problem. Fix the window and/or door. No reason for drafts and air-leaks.
The biggest problem is using non-custom engineered HVAC systems in new construction. Plan and spend more in the beginning and save over the yearsAugust 20, 2017 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm #1343235
Kitov: When the person from the power company came to my home to give me tips on how to be more energy efficient, I was told to keep all of my doors open, so the A/C would flow from room to room.
On the contrary, having to cool and heat compartmentalized spaces requires more work for the ducts to reach each room’s nooks and crannies.
Maybe in some homes where there are unused rooms, and less ducts? But for me, the more open my spaces, the more efficient my central air system – B”H for central air!
Thank you 🙂
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