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Ingrid David

This article was spot on and makes me think of my experience with First Florida. Their team of experts were very professional, friendly and worked with us every step of the way to give us the home of our dreams. So if you're looking to build your own home or just make some refined additions to the current one, First Florida can definitely help you! Check them out at and see all that they have to offer.

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There are definitely noise considerations to solve in an open plan or semi-open plan home:

  1. All walls in the public area need to be well-insulated for sound.
  2. A bathroom or powder room opening off the main entertaining and living space needs a solid core noise-blocking door and a good exhaust fan.
  3. Storage space becomes more important because clutter needs to be out of sight. Cabinetry with doors and drawers will help keep the public areas looking neat.
  4. The kitchen may be visible in an open plan home. You will need to learn to clean up as you go or have a dedicated cabinet for stowing used items until you get a chance to wash or rinse them. My kitchen has walls, but when I cook, I use multiple pots and utensils....I put them into the sink and drape a small tablecloth over the area until my guests leave.
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Thank you all for your various comments espousing the love or hate of open floor plans. I am in the midst of designing our remodel and can go either way. Your comments help show me my heart leans toward a more separate, cozy floor plan with intimate spaces, walls for artwork and furniture placement, and peace and quiet, with the added benefit of not seeing a mess in the kitchen (I clean as I cook; others do not :-/ ).

It’s lovely we have the opportunity to express our individual tastes through our homes

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