The open floor plan has become increasingly popular. Making the home one big open and communal space requires a lot of planning and design. You need the look of the entire home to be cohesive. However, it’s wonderful for throwing parties and having guests, especially for the person who always gets stuck in the kitchen. There are a few things to consider before you start tearing down walls and opening up your home and your kitchen.
Remodeling your home
There are benefits to having fewer walls and large open plan home. Smaller homes can benefit from an open floor plan, giving you more space and making the home feel bigger. Walls can take up a lot of precious space, so if you are looking to add a few more square feet to your living space or your kitchen, then opening up the home is an option. Another great benefit to the open floor plan is that it expands the kitchen.
Expanding your kitchen
The kitchen is becoming less a place to prep and cook, and more of a place for entertainment and quality time with the family. The kitchen is the heart of the home, pumping good energy to the entire house, which makes it more natural to open up the kitchen and make it a central focal point in your home. If you make your home an extension of the kitchen, you have to think about how the kitchen design will naturally flow and translate to the entire home.
Considering your lifestyle
A big, beautiful kitchen that is welcoming and designed for entertaining and lounging, as well as cooking and cleaning, does not fit every lifestyle. One of the biggest things you need to consider before you design an open concept home is your lifestyle. In an open plan home, every room, including the kitchen, is visible at all times. That means that any mess you leave behind after cooking a large meal is going to be visible to all of your guest at all times. A messy kitchen can take away from the ambiance of the home.
Work area behind the open kitchen
Of course, with great design and a little innovation, you can have a messy kitchen and an open floor plan home without worrying about the mess distracting from the rest of your interior design. If you love to cook and entertain, but don’t want to leave a messy kitchen for all to see at every party or gathering, design a little work area where you can hide dirty dishes, pots, and pans. Your big open kitchen can remain neat and clean for your guests, and open for entertainment, while you hide the dirty stuff in the back.
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