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THE GREAT DEBATE: OPEN CONCEPT VS. CLOSED KITCHENS

Filed in Kitchen Remodeling by on November 12, 2016 0 Comments • views: 209

In modern times, an open-style kitchen layout has become very popular. Whether you’re moving into your first renovated colonial, or purchasing a century old fixer-upper, an open concept kitchen design can be difficult. Some prefer the cozy feel of a traditional, closed kitchen layout, and their wallets thank them for it.

Open Concept Design

If you’re looking to open up your home, give it a modern look, and increase overall value and appeal, an open concept kitchen design might be what you’re looking for.

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Most homes constructed today are using this style, because it’s what potential home buyers desire. Frank Lamark states, from this standpoint, the kitchen is being looked at as a centerpiece for the family; a meeting area for parents and kids alike to grab a drink, snack, socialize, and have fun. The dining area is one with the kitchen area, using it to separate the kitchen from the rest of the home, namely the family room or living area. It can also give the home a loft-like appearance, which is becoming more and more popular with modern designs.

All of these benefits don’t come without a cost, however. If your home was built in the 1980’s or prior, chances are that it has been built with a closed-style design, and tearing down walls can be very expensive. This involves calling contractors, getting multiple quotes, calling your local municipality and getting the proper permits, and so n. This can be a daunting task, but some feel that it is worth the time and money needed in order to make it happen.

Closed Kitchens

The kitchen is the most expensive part of the home to refinish, without question. For homeowners who do cannot find it within their budget to tear down walls and install a fresh new island, a closed design can still be redesigned to appear clean and modern. These savings can allow your budget to upgrade older appliances for instance, giving the kitchen a quality look, with lasting appeal.

Another benefit to having a closed design are the smells associated with cooking, and having a general sense of privacy when guests are over. Frank LaMark observes, some home owners would prefer to have their kitchen closed off, so that when it comes to dinner preparation time, the living or entertainment areas of the home are closed off from unwanted smells, sights, or clutter associated with preparing a large meal.

About the Author ()

Frank LaMark is a contributing author in the kitchen and bath industry for the past 15 years.