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Should You Make Your NOTTINGHAM Home Open Plan? Pros and Cons

Should You Make Your NOTTINGHAM Home Open Plan? Pros and Cons

An open-plan home with shared living, dining and kitchen spaces can have many benefits. It can even help give your home an edge when it comes to selling it later down the line.

But there can be cons as well as pros. It’s important to weigh up your options and consider both negatives and positives to determine what’s right for your home.

If you’re thinking about whether you should make your NOTTINGHAM home open plan, here’s a summary of the pros and cons to help you decide.

What are the Benefits of Having an Open Plan Home?
1.   It’s Sociable

Since open-plan homes have shared dining, living and cooking spaces, it’s easy to see how it makes your home a more sociable space. Preparing food in the kitchen as the host of a dinner party doesn’t have to mean you’re cut off from the conversations. Plus, you can chat with the family wherever you are on weeknights.

2.   It Maximises Available Space

Open-plan living means knocking down walls, which doesn’t just give the illusion of more space, it actually increases your available square meterage. With shared living, kitchen and dining areas, you can maximise your space and make a smaller home look bigger.

3.   It Boosts Sunlight

No matter which floor plan you opt for when opening up your home, you’re bound to boost the natural light in all your key spaces. A healthy dose of sunlight can easily make a space appear bigger. Plus, it’s a top selling point for most homes!

What are the Drawbacks of Open Plan Living?
1.   Noise

Even though an open plan home can make a space more sociable, it can feel noisier. If someone’s cooking in the kitchen while you’re trying to watch TV in the living room, you may not be able to hear your show over the clattering. The slightest sounds can carry across the entire house in an open plan home and make it harder to enjoy the quiet.

2.   Heating

Naturally, open-plan homes are harder to heat since bigger spaces can take longer to warm up than smaller ones. However, there are lots of ways to combat this, as an open plan home doesn’t necessarily mean a cold one. Ensuring you have good insulation, double-glazed windows and efficient energy options (like underfloor heating) can make it easier to keep your open plan home warm.

3.   Lack of Zones

With the rise of home working, having ‘zones’ is becoming a desirable feature for many buyers. Before making your home open plan, consider the working arrangements of your family. Noise travels far in open-plan spaces, which can make it harder for multiple people to work. Plus, having separate ‘work’ and ‘play’ spaces can be more desirable when selling your home.

Need Advice?

Choosing to make your NOTTINGHAM home open plan is a big decision. There are many factors to consider about how you utilise your space currently and what makes sense practically for your family. Plus, resale value should always be taken into account.

If you’re looking at making your NOTTINGHAM home open plan for re-sale purposes, Robert Ellis are your local property experts. Our friendly team would love to chat about the value of your home.

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About Robert Ellis

Robert Ellis is a leading estate agent that has been facilitating house sales and rentals for customers across Nottingham and the surrounding towns and villages for over 35 years. They have branches in Beeston, Long Eaton, Arnold and Stapleford offering residential and commercial sales and lettings, property management services and mortgage advice. With houses, flats and commercial premises to suit all tastes, budgets and preferences, the team at Robert Ellis provides a friendly and comprehensive service for buyers, sellers, landlords and tenants alike.

Their expertise in all areas of the property market is reflected in the positive reviews they have received from previous customers, with a rating of 4.9 out of 5 from over 2,500 reviews on Reviews.io. They are also multiple Gold-winning estate and lettings agents in the British Property Awards 2022-2023 and received a Gold Award for both sales and lettings in the Best Estate Agent Guide 2023.

To find out more about Robert Ellis estate and letting agents you can read our about us page here

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Find Your Nearest Robert Ellis Branch

Our happy, experienced team can lighten your workload and brighten up your day

Arnold Sales & Lettings

Arnold Sales & Lettings

78 Front Street,

Arnold,

Nottingham

NG5 7EJ

0115 6485 485 Find Out More
Beeston Estate Agents

Beeston Estate Agents

12 High Road,

Beeston,

Nottingham

NG9 2JP

0115 922 0888 Find Out More
Beeston Lettings

Beeston Lettings

130 High Road,

Beeston,

Nottingham

NG9 2LN

0115 922 9090 Find Out More
Long Eaton Estate Agents

Long Eaton Estate Agents

5 Derby Road,

Long Eaton,

Nottingham

NG10 1LU

0115 946 1818 Find Out More
Long Eaton Lettings

Long Eaton Lettings

11 Derby Road,

Long Eaton,

Nottingham

NG10 1LU

0115 946 6946 Find Out More
Stapleford Lettings

Stapleford Lettings

30 – 32 Derby Road,

Stapleford,

Nottingham

NG9 7AA

0115 949 6740 Find Out More
Stapleford Sales

Stapleford Sales

30 – 32 Derby Road,

Stapleford,

Nottingham

NG9 7AA

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The Mortgage Company

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Long Eaton,

Nottingham

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  • David

    We have received excellent service from your Long Eaton Office especially from Caroline who has been extremely helpful & a calming & knowledgeable inf...luence especially with our purchase of a new build property. We have not dealt with your estate agency before & although very stressful at times for ourselves, as our first prospective purchaser pulled out, Caroline was very helpful & approachable & contacted us regularly to keep us updated on progress. I can't recommend her highly enough. Many thanks again Caroline Best regards Liz & David

    3 days ago

  • Adrian

    Even in a fairly difficult house sale , the staff at Robert Ellis were very knowledgeable and supportive . I'd also like to give a special thanks to J...oely who was particularly helpful in the whole process . Thanks to all the team , and I would certainly recommend Robert Ellis to anyone else . Thanks , Adrian Bowley

    4 days ago

  • Rachael

    Harry Hackett and Joely Golding at the Long Eaton branch were wonderful! They were so helpful and would come at the drop of a hat to let us into the p...roperty to view, measure up and get quotes ahead of the completion date. They even offered advice on options for inside the property, which we have taken on. Everything was super efficient and we would highly recommend them! 😊

    4 days ago

  • Yulan

    Caroline has been very helpful, always friendly during our process of selling our house.

    1 week ago

  • Pam

    Wonderful staff, especially Holly, nothing too much trouble. Kept informed of progress throughout the sale. Helped all the way.

    1 week ago

  • David Green

    Thank you to Holly Who was all ways able and willing to offer advise And always available . Dealt with my enquires straight away and always return...my calls. I Never felt that anything was to much trouble for her. Excellent service.

    1 week ago

  • Emma Thrall

    It hasn't been an easy journey but Holly Torr at long eaton has kept us up to date and sane throughout the process thanks Holly!

    1 week ago

  • Rae Murphy

    Absolutely recommend purchasing through Robert Ellis Stapleford - especially happy with Beth at the branch. She was amazing from start to finish!

    1 week ago

  • Sally-Ann Roberts

    Brilliant service, was notified every step of the sale and a really friendly team .

    1 week ago

  • Mark

    Dawn was wonderful, helping me to sell my home and find a new one that I had not considered. She kept me informaed throughout and was always available...to help. Thank you Dawn.

    1 week ago

  • Frankie

    I would like to thank Joely at the Long Eaton office for her kind help and quick responses throughout the home buying process. Highly recommended...for her service. Wish to give her a 10* rating if I could!

    2 weeks ago

  • Gayle

    What a long journey this house sale has been - lots of ups and downs (due to 2 failed sales - not due to Robert Ellis) ....so lots of stress. This jou...rney has defintely been made much more tolerable by the lovely relationship we have established with Joely and Holly. They have kept us well informed and always been available to update us with honest, reliable information. Joely, in the later stages of negotiations even responded, on what I know, were days off work. I have so appreciated being able to speak to the team when required.. always caring and respectful and had empathy and understanding. We have received and very professional but personal service I feel. Highly recommend.

    2 weeks ago

  • Lynne

    Excellent service, our sale went through smoothly and we were kept up to date on progress by Holly Torr at every stage. Very professional and will be...more than happy to recommend.

    2 weeks ago

  • Kathryn

    Joely was fantastic during our first house purchase. She was professional and worked hard to push things along, and was always lovely to interact with...if we had questions or wanted updates. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Robert Ellis based on our experience with Joely!

    2 weeks ago

  • Sue

    Joely is absolutely amazing. She looked after us from start to finish with the sale of our property!

    2 weeks ago

  • Toni

    Dawn Stokes at Robert Ellis has done an amazing job in helping me to sell my family home - more like 10 stars not 5 :) so efficient and always on the...ball - Thanks Dawn xx

    2 weeks ago

  • Brian Mason

    This is the 2nd property we have sold with Robert Ellis on both occasions they have been so professional and helpful along the process cannot thank th...em enough Beth once again went that extra mile thank you

    2 weeks ago

  • Jill Woodall

    I was delighted with the service I received from everyone at Robert Ellis in Stapleford. Nathan Henshaw knew exactly how to market my house, and at w...hat price, which was achieved within two weeks, during which time I was pleased to have at least seven different viewings of my property. All the young women who answered the phone in the Stapleford office were unfailingly helpful, friendly and eager to please. Claire Greensmith worked really hard during the last couple of weeks before my Exchange and Completion (when the various solicitors involved appeared to be delaying matters) and she was invaluable at keeping me informed of what was happening when solicitors failed to contact me. I would like to thank them all for their excellent service.

    3 weeks ago

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    3 weeks ago

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    Staffs were friendly and approachable.

    4 weeks ago