Open Kitchen Space
I have said this before, and I’m going to say it again: I absolutely love this trend, and it’s the hottest must-have design trend for any new home today! Open floor plans consist of multiple rooms acting as a single living space. This open floor concept has so many advantages, and if there’s one thing you should do to update your home, this is it! It’s perfect for anyone who likes to entertain. The open floor plan eliminates separation, therefore allowing everyone to interact more casually. It brings together eating, relaxing, and entertaining into one space where everyone can join in. Also, open floor plans allow more light into the home, so it brightens the area up — and that makes everyone happier!
A Little History Lesson
Frank Lloyd Wright was one of the first to design an open-plan kitchen. He is famous for his 1934 Willey House design. When Frank was creating this home, it was just the beginning of the social reinvention decade for America. Americans were making a more casual lifestyle for themselves. However, since then, the jury has still been out on this open kitchen floor plan. The struggle has been between those who “cook” and those who “host.” The “cook” generally prefers the kitchen not be seen with all the dirty dishes and whatnot, and the “host” is less concerned by the mess and wants everyone to mingle, including the cook.
By opening up the interior walls, this creates more space for sunlight to fill in. However, if you have structural limitations, there are other options. All options allow more sunlight to flood in helping to connect your indoor spaces with the outdoor ones.
- Add a window
- Widen an existing window
- Installing a skylight.
Entertaining has never been more comfortable in a custom home with an open floor plan. You don’t miss a thing while cooking you can still see and mingle with your guests. Also, an open floor plan will lighten flow from one room to another, as well as help avoid congestion in one area. With an open floor plan, the kitchen tends to be the focal point of the home, because — let’s be honest — that’s where the food is!
With an open kitchen design, keeping an eye on your kiddos has never been easier, whether you’re cooking in the kitchen, or reading a book on the couch. The open space allows you to always keep a close eye on the ones you love.
There’s a lot of give-and-take when it comes to home remodeling, and open floor plans are no different. When you are removing walls between rooms, you lose the privacy that you might have enjoyed before. When you’re trying to watch a movie in the living room while someone is blending a smoothie in the kitchen, it can be a little irritating. You also lose more wall space for artwork. But, to be honest, you might be that person who just prefers to keep the kitchen mess in the kitchen. In that case, the closed layout is the way to go. Either way, there are endless floor plans to choose from that will fit your style and the needs of your family.