Is An Open Kitchen Right For You?
You may be in a position where you’ve finally saved up the money, or perhaps gotten a home loan, or maybe you’re just moving into a new house in Crofton, but you’ve made a decision; it’s time to remodel the kitchen. Crofton kitchen remodeling is always one of the best choices you can make for a home! Not only does this tend to add a lot of inherent value to a home, but to the owners, it can add years of pleasure, convenience and family memories.
One of the more recent concepts in kitchen remodels and designs that is taking both new and old homes by storm is the idea of the “open space kitchen.” But just because something is popular, doesn’t mean that it’s the right decision for everyone. So if you’re thinking of remodeling your kitchen, and it’s not already, should you think about getting an open kitchen? Here’s who its best suited for.
Above all, the open kitchen really comes into its own for a cook—or cooks—who love to interact with their guests. The primary function of an open kitchen is to allow interaction. Rather than having the person doing the cooking isolated in the kitchen, working in solitude, now both the people eating and the people cooking can see what the others are up to, and speak to each other.
For people that believe meal times are periods of sharing and interacting, whether, with family or guests, an open kitchen is a great way to bring down physical barriers. However, another great thing that comes with taking down the walls and opening the space up is much more natural light to work with during the day. Depending on the layout of your home, you may now feel positively flooded with sun and daylight while cooking now that the walls are down.
Of course, there’s no such thing as a 100% good idea for every single home, so there are a few reasons why an open kitchen might not be for you. One consideration is water and electricity. If you’re tearing down walls, depending on the structure of your home, you may need to relocate the electrical wiring and even the water pipes, depending on how drastic a change you want.
There will also be an increase in both noise and smell when cooking. If you have residents in the home that don’t like the clanging and clutter of pots, pans and other cooking activities, this noise will be amplified now that the walls are down. Smells will also travel further and stronger, and this may even have an effect on furniture. And of course, for people that prefer to work in privacy, an open kitchen will leave you feeling very ex-posed and vulnerable.
One thing you should do, no matter what kind of kitchen style you’re aiming for, is to do the remodeling right. With Cardigan Kitchens & Baths, we can ease you through the experience of planning—and finally getting—the kitchen you’ve always wanted.