Are you sure you want an open concept kitchen?
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Jan 26, 2017  |  Vote 0    0

Are you sure you want an open concept kitchen?

Open concept kitchens have been among the top home renovation trends for the last several years. Fans of this renovation project claim that removing walls and opening the kitchen up to the family room (or in some cases to the entire main floor) allows the family cook to better socialize with family and guests. Having clear sightlines to the family room also makes it easier for parents to keep a watchful eye on small children, family pets or enjoy the TV while performing tasks in the kitchen. 

There are a lot of good reasons to make the switch to an open concept kitchen. However, there are some equally compelling reasons to keep your kitchen closed. 

Constant Cleaning
When your kitchen is open to other rooms, it means you can’t just shut the door on your dishes. You’ll need to keep everything spic and span after every meal, and that includes holidays and dinner parties. If you can live with a little kitchen chaos, then this might not be a deterrent. However, if you can’t stand the sight of dirty dishes, you may find yourself constantly cleaning up.

Cooking Smells
In addition to containing the cooking mess, a closed kitchen is also good for containing odours. Without the walls, food aromas both pleasant and pungent can travel more easily throughout the home. That means potentially infusing your furniture, draperies and even the clothes in your closet with odours like onions, fish, pungent vegetables, and spices.

Yes, an open kitchen does encourage conversation between the cook and other people gathered in the home. But, what if that isn’t what you want? You may find yourself being constantly interrupted by the kids, your partner, or guests. Sometimes it’s nice to be able to concentrate on the task at hand, particularly when you’re trying out that new recipe, or are simply exhausted after a long day at work.

One of the biggest factors to consider before committing to an open concept kitchen layout is the state of your flooring. More likely than not, you presently have different flooring in the kitchen than in the family room, or whichever room will end up connected to the kitchen. This means having to select new flooring to suit your open concept plan.

While the thought of selecting new flooring may seem enticing, keep in mind that it will also increase your renovation costs.

Take a look at this video featuring Margie Doyle-White – interior designer and former co-host of “Take this house and sell it” for some tips on how to select flooring for an open concept space.

How to choose open concept flooring

Whether you eventually end up going to an open concept layout or choose to keep your kitchen closed, the most important thing is to do what suits your lifestyle. Just because open kitchens are on trend, doesn’t mean that you must have one in your home. 

For further assistance, speak to an experienced contractor or kitchen designer about your options.

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