One of the main factors motivating homeowners to remodel their homes is to pursue a more open layout for the main living space. Open layouts seem more suitable for entertaining and keeping the family together, but there can be some downsides to an open layout as well. Some homeowners are concerned about losing storage space or privacy. Here are some things to consider when you're not sure you're committed to the open concept design.
Modern homes have open concept kitchen designs built into the floor plan, meaning that storage spaces are nicely integrated without putting up walls. However, when your existing kitchen is hidden behind closed walls, removing those walls often means losing storage because walls hold cabinets. However, you can put storage in other places. For example, opening a wall could make room for a large island that otherwise would not have fit in your kitchen. You could also remove low hanging soffits and build extra tall cabinets or use stacking cabinets to increase upper storage space.
After being able to hide the mess of the kitchen from the rest the house when company comes, some people are concerned about exposing the kitchen to the world. If you're hoping for open sight lines but are sad to lose the walls that help to keep the mess of cooking from visitors, consider:
- installing a deep, single sink. Many older kitchens have shallow, double sinks. A modern single sink holds pots, pans, and trays more easily, making it easier to pile dirty dishes in the sink without them spilling out onto the countertop while waiting for the dishwasher.
- partially open the wall. Instead of completely removing the wall, use a cased opening that allows for the kitchen to be open to the other rooms. If you want to easily hide the mess, you can put a sliding barn door that opens when you want an open concept and closes when you want to ignore the mess from Thanksgiving dinner.
- using a clever design. When you remove the wall, use a peninsula instead of an island. Complete the peninsula with upper cabinets that have glass fronts and backs. This way, you have storage and a partition that allows you to be part of the group while still allowing the kitchen to be partially closed off from the rest of the house.
- installing a raised bar on the island. This way, the island edge can hide mess and dishes from those in other rooms.
For more information about your kitchen remodeling options, contact a company like Winston Brown Construction.