Texas Freeze Dispatch: Eradicate Open Concept Floor Plans Forever

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Prolonged power failure and freezing temps have reignited my loathing for this popular HGTV design.

And now, as Texans endure record low temperatures and widespread power failure, the open concept floor plan has made staying warm impossible for many. Wide open spaces are difficult to warm by the fireplace or body heat alone. Kate Wagner, architecture critic and creator of mcmansionhell.com, has pointed this out before.

The open concept floor plan has proven time and time again that it’s more trouble than it’s worth. This design might be cheap because it requires less walls, doors, and thought put into designing comfortable rooms, but it costs privacy and health when it matters most.

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