The "open plan" built into all the new McMansions has its benefits, but I'm finding more and more reasons to love our compartmentalized old house.
When Darwin wants to watch TV in the living room, and I want to listen to the radio in the dining room, we can close the pocket doors and both be happy.
We can close off the kitchen while we're painting it, so we don't have white cat footprints all over the house.
When we wanted to see our Christmas tree without our feline companions having access to it, we put it in the foyer and closed the French doors. Voila!
We can paint each room a different color. No confusion over where to divide up the living-dining-kitchen combo (a frequent issue on Trading Spaces).
There are also benefits to the one center hallway and the rooms opening into each other.
The front bedroom opens into the master bedroom, so it's the perfect spot for a nursery one day.
There are so many options for entering and exiting a room. It's nice to have such a flexible home.