In general, older homes tend to have more smaller rooms while modern buildings adopt more of an open-plan design. There's no right option, but it could be you'll benefit from dividing a large living space or bedroom into two smaller rooms during your next home renovation.
Here are just four reasons why it might be a good idea.
1. More Useable Space
Dividing a large room in two isn't going to create more space, but it is going to make the best use of the space you have. The problem with larger rooms is that they don't tend to use all the space they possess. If one large bedroom has more than enough space for a bed, closet, and other bedroom furniture, you'll make better use of that space by dividing it in two. The same is true when you have a particularly large kitchen or living room. It's better to have two smaller bedrooms than one larger one or a kitchen and TV room instead of one large kitchen.
2. Added Sound Insulation
If you're living with lots of other people, having large, open rooms can be a bit of a problem. The issue is that sound will travel freely across the room, so you'll often be able to hear what people are doing on the other side of the house. By dividing that space up, you introduce more sound barriers and help limit the transmission of noise.
3. Lower Heating Costs
One problem with open plan designs is that they can lead to higher heating costs. After all, heating a large living room is going to cost more than heating a smaller one. If you divide that large living room in two to create, for example, a living room and study, you only have to heat one of them at once. If you don't use the study much during the week, you won't have to foot the bill for heating that space at all times.
4. Higher Resale Value
It's true that potential owners are going to look at square footage when they're deciding on properties. However, what people typically first pay attention to is how many rooms the property has, especially bedrooms. Even if changing from a two-bedroom to a three-bedroom place doesn't increase square footage, it should allow your home to command a significantly higher resale value. You might just end up making your home renovation budget back when you come to sell.