Do you prefer an open concept kitchen design or a closed kitchen design? This is a question that many homeowners are asking themselves these days. Both options have their pros and cons, and it can be difficult to decide which one is right for you. In this blog post, we will discuss the benefits of open concept kitchens and closed kitchens, so that you can make an informed decision about which one is best for your home.
Let’s start with the pros and cons of each. Open concept kitchens are becoming increasingly popular in new homes. This is because they provide a more open and spacious feel to the home. They also allow for better traffic flow, which can be beneficial if you have a lot of people in your household. However, one downside of open concept kitchens is that they can be quite noisy. If you have small children, this may not be the ideal option for you.
Closed kitchens, on the other hand, offer more privacy and less noise. This can be a great option if you want to avoid distractions while cooking or entertaining guests. However, closed kitchens can sometimes feel claustrophobic and may not offer as much storage space as an open concept kitchen.
Open or closed kitchen for your home?
This depends on a number of factors. Here are a list of items that can help you decide.
Do you wish to watch over children while cooking – Open concept kitchen would be the best way to resolve this. Demolish the wall between the kitchen and living room allowing parents to watch over their small children while cooking. As kids grow older, the opening space can help with entertaining family guests that the children bring back, sleep over, first date, party night etc.
Do you cook meals with heavy grease or spices – Close kitchen design would be best for this. Heavy grease and smell of spices do travel beyond the kitchen. It may trigger smoke alarm and the smell may stay on clothing for days. Having the kitchen closed greatly reduces these issues.
Do you have two kitchens – Many custom homes will have two kitchens, the main kitchen, and the butler’s kitchen. With this setup, the main kitchen will be built for entertaining and the butler’s kitchen will be designed for food preparation. This is a great way to have the best of both worlds, an open concept kitchen for entertaining and a closed kitchen for privacy.
Are you tied on budget and a loadbearing wall is in the wall – Opening the kitchen up often involves knocking down a loadbearing wall and adding a beam. This process also involves getting permits and patching and painting. This process will require a healthy budget to start. A close kitchen would be a better choice if the budget is limited.
Are you lacking in storage – if the property is a townhome or condo, opening the kitchen up may not increase additional storage. Every home’s layout is different for storage. We will need to examine the space to provide recommendations.
If you’re still not sure which option is right for you, come and talk to us. We will be able to help you assess your needs and wants, and come up with a design that is perfect for your home. Thank you for reading! We hope this blog post has helped you make a decision about whether an open concept or closed concept kitchen is right for you.