Open floor plans are the most popular and sought after architectural type home layout in today’s age. There are just so many positives that come out of it! Multi-functional space, sight lines, a “larger” feeling home, and a space that, in general, feels more open and airy. While there are a lot of good qualities in this train of thought, there are definitely some draw backs. Here are a few questions to ask yourself before you blow out that wall.
Do I enjoy listening to TV?
Open concept generally leads to the family/living room. With that being the case, whether it is your children, partner, or guests, is the TV a good background noise for you? More often than not, it’ll be going while you’re in the kitchen. Definitely something to consider.
Do you want to have everything visible all the time?
There is something to be said about privacy. You may want to hide a messy kitchen from guests or ignore the messy living room. Maybe cooking is your “me time”. There are plenty of reasons why it may be worth keeping the kitchen a bit more secluded.
Are you dedicated to keeping your kitchen “show ready” 24/7?
While you don’t have to keep your kitchen tidy 100% of the time, your home will feel better if you do. If you ever have any surprise guests, be prepared for them to see your dirty dishes, pots and pans, and any spices you left out. While you don’t want your home to feel sterile, if you want to seem at all like a functioning adult, you’ll definitely have to come up with a few new routines to keep yourself tidy.