“Open-concept” view, standing in living room looking toward dining area windows. (I just had to use the OP term—too much HGTV.) This side of the living room is open to the hallway, with only a column as a divider. The kitchen is open to the dining area, and the sink area has an angled view into the living room, but the half-wall with the sink is high enough to provide a view without a view of cooking disarray. The windows are insulated, low-e, and filled with argon. For our climate, that is very adequate. When I watch programs about insulating homes “up north,” I realize how very different construction methods and requirements are depending on the climate and the amount of rainfall.