You may have heard of an open-kitchen concept, but are not quite sure what it means. So what is an open-kitchen concept? It’s a spacious kitchen without barriers that block you from moving freely around your kitchen. It’s also openly conjoined to the rest of the house and not sectioned off. Traditional kitchens have their own separate room that’s divided from the rest of the house, while open-concept kitchens are included into the rest of the house, giving a more open, spacious feeling. Open-concept kitchens have been around since the early 90’s and get more and more popular with home owners as time goes on.
So why do people like these types of kitchens so much? The number one reason why they’re so popular is due to the space it gives, as well as the amount of space it simulates. The amount of openness leaves you with a feeling of less constriction and freedom to move around and just breathe a little. It also allows for more people to comfortably cook and prepare food in the kitchen together without having to bump into each other and get in each other’s way. More space also means more natural light, allowing you to better see what you’re doing while you cook.
So we’ve covered a lot of great benefits of having an open-concept kitchen, but are there any cons? Unfortunately, there are. Having no barriers means more noise escaping the kitchen and resonating all over the house. Also, you’ll have to keep you kitchen spick and span at all times since it’s on display for everyone to see. If you don’t clean up after yourself all the time, you’ll end up showing off your mess to any visitors or people who happen to pass by your kitchen. Sometimes storage space has to be sacrificed as well so that you can open the place up, getting rid of some cupboards or cabinets.
But through all these pros and cons, if what you want is an open-concept kitchen, you’ll find a way to make it work. Take all the factors into consideration and see what makes the most sense for you and what you’ll be happiest with.
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