When it comes to kitchen remodeling, there is no specific book you can read that tells you exactly what you are supposed to do with the space in your home. Every home is unique and so are the occupants inside them. Only you can truly decide on what is comfortable and how a space can be most functional for your family.
If you are planning on remodeling your kitchen and trying to decide if you should create an open concept space or keep your current closed kitchen, there are a few questions you can ask yourself to lead you down the path that best suits you and your family.
Why are you considering an open concept?
Is it because you saw a beautiful kitchen in a magazine or on an HGTV sitcom? Don’t forget that your entertaining and cooking style may differ from anyone else you know. Unless you are planning your kitchen remodel to sell to your sister or neighbor – plan your space so that it suits your specific cooking and entertaining needs.
Is your kitchen dark or does it feel closed off and gloomy?
Are you considering an open kitchen floorplan because you feel like your kitchen is dark? You can lighten up your kitchen by adding canned lights, a skylight, or by raising your ceiling. Perceived darkness should not be a leading decision-maker for opening up your kitchen. There are plenty of ways to be creative in remodeling your closed kitchen.
Are you organized?
Some homeowners like to entertain but they are not organized and they would prefer to keep their disorganization behind closed areas which means a closed kitchen is probably preferable to an open one.
Do you like (or need) help when preparing food?
If you are an entertainer who likes to throw potlucks or who has a big family who comes over often for meals, you may prefer to have an open kitchen which allows multiple people in the kitchen without stepping all over each other. We like to ask the question: How many butts are in your kitchen?
How do you want to allocate your budget?
Some homeowners would rather invest their kitchen remodel budget into higher end cabinets or deluxe appliances rather than invest in reworking the layout which can be expensive when dealing with tearing out walls.
Everyone’s needs are different. When we ask homeowners what they are looking for in a design, we have some who need an open concept so they can keep an eye on their young children. Other homeowners say they like to keep their food preparation separate from their entertaining and would prefer everyone stay out of their kitchen. Your lifestyle will dictate what the best design is for you. If you need help determining what that style is, invest in some free design consultations with local San Diego contractors.
Classic Home Improvements
Classic Home Improvements is a general remodeling contractor offering kitchen remodeling services to homeowners in San Diego and Temecula. Their showroom is located in Escondido, CA and is by appointment only.