I have hated the open concept idea since it started showing up because I have been living in such a house for three years while taking care of my 95 year old mother. Her kitchen is the open, central hub from which her formal living, dining, family, laundry and bathrooms all surround. The ONLY place I can get away from the constant day and evening-long blare of her TV is in my bedroom with the door closed. I find it a difficult and unhappy chore to cook with the noise. I can't concentrate to enjoy crafting and I feel like the whole house needs to be constantly tidy in case someone drops by. And then there's the background noise of the washing machine, dishwasher and fridge humming away. Give me walls any day!