For several years, homeowners have argued about the benefits and flaws of various kitchen layouts. Specifically, they don’t know if they should have an open kitchen or if a closed kitchen would be a much better idea.
As seasoned professionals in kitchen remodeling, we’ve done our fair share of both types of kitchens. So, we’ve come up with a few notes on the type of kitchen our clients need depending on their requirements. Read on as we ask the most important questions surrounding them, and find out which one fits your home.
What Makes Them Different?
Simply put, these types are kitchens built with the purpose of blending with your living room or dining room. Think of them as an extension of either room, wherein you can easily prepare and move your food to the table.
Meanwhile, closed kitchens are kitchens built as a separate room. They close off the other room and let you focus on making the meals. This type of kitchen is known to be more traditional compared to the opened variant.
What Advantages Do They Offer?
Homeowners favor open kitchens because of its accessibility. As a guest or a cook, you can easily interact with each other while the meal is being made. It also makes transporting the food easier and builds an illusion of having a bigger kitchen. This design also brings in more natural light and ventilation to the kitchen area.
Meanwhile, traditionalist have favored the closed version due to its isolation. You can focus on making your meals and keep the smell restricted to the room itself. It also increases the amount of space for your kitchen and pantry.
What Disadvantages Do They Offer?
Open kitchens are more accessible, but that also means guests can come and go whenever they wish. This means your guests, or the home’s other occupants, can see and hear you cooking. This might be distracting for both guests and chefs alike.
Meanwhile, closed kitchens are isolated by design. While cutting off the other rooms helps with focus, it also restricts the smell. You would need good ventilation to make sure it doesn’t stay. It also makes it trickier to move the food since you have to transport dishes to and from the kitchen area.
Which Is the Best Fit?
Ultimately, the best kitchen brings the best of both worlds. You want a room that lets you cook in peace without cutting off the rest of the house. Sometimes, all you need is an addition like a half wall or counter to isolate an open kitchen without being difficult to maneuver through. On the other hand, you can build the kitchen next to the dining area to make sure that moving food is easier.
Want to ask a professional kitchen contractor more about our kitchen designs and remodeling services? Need more help in figuring out if you need a closed or open kitchen? Call us today at (888) 214-1544, or fill out our contact form to schedule your in-home complimentary consultation. We serve homeowners throughout Poway and other areas in California.