Since we've been embroiled in the home selling and buying process, I've seen and thought about a lot of different floor plans and house styles. This article made me laugh a little:
My realtor is a huge fan of the contemporary "open style" houses, wherein the kitchen, dining room, and family room are all one large space. And indeed, our first house is exactly as described, the kitchen is separated from the dining area by a bar, and the dining area flows into the family room but for a built in shelving unit and fireplace. She was distressed that I actually have a great fondness for older homes that have separate rooms. Our "new" house is an older home that has a kitchen that is partially closed off from the family room, and is completely separate from either the dining room or the living room. I like it, although I have to admit that I don't throw the kind of dinner parties where I actually care if any of my guests are watching me cook. I typically only have close friends and family over for dinner, so if they have a problem with my messy kitchen they can get in there and help me clean it. LOL
So, do you prefer open floor plans or separate rooms?