For years the kitchen was just a workplace, sometimes tucked in the back of the home and always closed off. Heck, Thomas Edison’s winter home in Fort Myers, Florida, has an entirely separate building just for the kitchen. Rumor has it that Edison hated the smell of cooking food.
But then around the 1980’s trends began to change. Rooms began to flow together and the kitchen became part of the living space or great room. This created a feeling of much larger space and usually increased natural light.
Lately there has been a trend of returning to the closed kitchen, but not the same as yesteryear’s. A closed kitchen does not have to feel cramped. There are many ways to achieve a closed area using pocket doors or half walls. But which design is right for you? Here are a few pros for closed and open kitchen concepts:
Advantages of a Closed Kitchen:
- Odors: cooking odors are confined to the kitchen.
- Space: more walls equals more cabinet space, more counter-tops and more room for appliances.
- Appearance: messes, such as dirty dishes, are hidden from view.
- Privacy: people are not inclined as much to enter the kitchen and disturb the cook.
- Formal: with a closed kitchen there usually is a formal dining room, more traditional for dinner guests.
Advantages of an Open Kitchen:
- Natural Light: when you remove interior walls it allows for more sunlight from windows to enter the entire home.
- Monitoring Kids: great rooms allow parents to cook and do other items while still keeping an eye on the kids.
- Part of the Action: when entertaining, the cook can be involved and converse with others while preparing food,
- Larger Feeling: when the walls come down, space is increased.
- Resale Value: most new home buyers are looking for enough space. Combining the kitchen, living and dining rooms will do just that.
So which layout is best for you? Is your current floor plan working, if not maybe a change to an open or closed kitchen is just what you need. Or possibly somewhere in the middle using pocket doors or partial walls. Adams Design Construction, Ltd can help you decide, we’ve been doing this for years. Give us a call: 608-241-9009.