The kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s important that the flow and layout works for you and your family. There’s no right, wrong, good or bad way to layout your kitchen but there are many pros and cons to open and closed layouts.
Open Concept Kitchens
Open kitchens are great for entertaining and inviting conversation while you’re cooking. Parents can cook dinner while helping the kids with homework. On the entertainment side, open concept kitchens create a great flow through the home when you have guests in and out of rooms in the house. When you’re serving food it’s also great for guests to be able to sit in multiple spots and essentially help themselves.
Fewer walls mean less storage space. Depending on how much storage space you have in your current kitchen, you may be jeopardizing some valuable cabinet space by knocking down the walls.
The kitchen is by far the most expensive room in the house to renovate. If you are going from a closed to open concept, the renovation could get costly. Taking down walls can mean more electoral and plumbing work then you expected. Also, don’t forget you will have to fix the floor that’s now missing.
Closed Concept Kitchen
Closed off, secluded kitchens were always a thing of the past. Kitchens were used strictly for cooking and less as an entertainment space. Hold tight, because they’re making a comeback in a big way. There are many benefits and intentions of having a closed off kitchen. For one, it keeps the smells of cooking from traveling throughout the home.
Another great trait of the closed concept kitchen is it creates a more formal dining experience. With an open kitchen layout, it creates room for your family and guests to just pull up a seat anywhere and eat. The beauty of the closed kitchens is that it forces you to sit down and eat at a designated spot, normally in a dining room area. This creates a more intimate dining experience.
Depending on your household, isolation can be the main problem for a closed off kitchen. The main argument for these kitchens for a family with small children is it makes it harder to see them in the other rooms.
Or, Combine the two
If you’re someone who enjoys some elements of both style kitchens, some of these tips can help you.
Instead of knocking down walls, why not try a pass through window or a half wall? Both of these will create the feel of being in the kitchen. Or, if you already have a straight view to the living room, why not try a raised bar? A raised bar is a multi-purpose concept. It can block the food prep mess, and it’s an area for your guests to pull up a seat without being in the way of the cook.
After weighing out the pros and cons of open and closed kitchens, keep in mind that every households needs are different. It’s easy to get swayed by trends and fads, but keep in mind your home and the dynamics and functionality that will best suit you.