Open-plan living is the perfect way to combine a kitchen, with other rooms and the garden to create one large multi-functional and light-filled space. Lately open-plan living has become a popular option when redesigning and configuring a new kitchen design. There are a great number of advantages, including increasing the value to your home.
Did you know that research conducted by the National Association of Estate Agents revealed that opening up space, and kitchen renovations are within the top four home improvements that will increase value to a property?
In last year’s UK Houzz Report, which is based on survey results from the Houzz community, 54% of homeowners were making their kitchens more open to other rooms, with 35% knocking down walls and opening up space completely.
In a recent Houzz poll, which asked, “Yay or Nay to Open-plan Kitchens?”, the result was overwhelmingly in favour of the idea, with 840 voting “yay” to 230 voting “nay”.
Open-plan living has flourished thanks to the opportunities it creates for a more sociable space to make family memories, host parties and make dinner.
But what happens when the party ends?
Is open-plan living all it’s cracked up to be?
Harvey Jones, contemporary kitchens specialists, investigate:
Do you want a social space?
Open-plan living provides homeowners with a social space – an area that can be used for more than just preparing and cooking daily meals. If you like to host or entertain, an open-plan kitchen is the best – providing a space that you can use to socialise with guests whilst cooking as opposed to feeling isolated when cooking in one room whilst trying to juggle hosting skills and getting the food ready.
With an open-space, whilst it obviously looks visually bigger, there are design methods that allow you to identify different zones, whilst remaining open. From zone lighting to kitchen islands, breakfast bars and dining booths, just because you design an open-space, doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t identify sections of the room to maintain a structure. Bi-folding doors helps to enhance the natural light even more, whilst bringing the nature of the garden into the room.
Opening up your staircases, will give much more space and light into the area. If you don’t have the budget for a completely new staircase then research the possibility of a staircase renovation. It can bring your space up to date and transform the whole look of your area.
Practical advantages of a social space: Open-plan living provide plenty of space for the whole family to enjoy meaning parents can keep an eye on children playing whilst they stay busy in the kitchen. Open-plan takes away the need for parents to be in ‘two places at once’.
Or prefer a chaotic space?
Does having everything in one place, with the whole family together, and several tasks going on at once sound like chaos? Roaming smells and odours from cooking circulating around more than just your kitchen space can be a direct result of open-plan kitchen spaces. If your kitchen is merged with your living space, do you want to be sat on the sofa watching TV with the lingering smell of the fish cakes you had for tea?
It’s easy for these spaces to become chaotic and untidy. For a successful open-plan space, you’ll need to find appropriate storage solutions to store all your kitchen utensils, children’s toys, magazines and books.
A separate utility space, however, eliminates this problem, and provides a space to hide all your washing, dirty dishes, and provides a door between you and any noisy appliances that could disturb you when eating, relaxing or watching TV.
Open-plan living is a personal preference for many modern homeowners, but not everyone. Whilst it is proven to be one of the most popular kitchen refurb projects, it’s a style of living not suited to every homeowner.
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What would you choose? Do you prefer open-plan living?
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