If you’re a homeowner in the Needham area, and you’re going to remodel just one room in the house, the chances are pretty good it’s going to be your kitchen. There’s good reasons for this. Kitchens are used more than almost any other room in the house, and rapidly changing technology and fashions mean this room can look dated faster than the rest of the house.
When you’re working with a kitchen design team, one of the first discussions you’ll have is about your floor plan. There are two options available here. You can have a closed kitchen, where the kitchen is visually separate from the rest of the home, or an open kitchen, where there’s no wall that serves as a border between the kitchen and everything else.
Sometimes, the choice between a closed and open kitchen is dictated by the existing floor plan of the house. If you have a closed kitchen and would like to open it up, your Needham design build team can work with you to make this happen. Conversely, if you – like many people – have found that an open kitchen just isn’t right for your family, a skilled design build team can provide you with a number of options to enclose it.
At the end of the day, it comes down to the role the kitchen plays in your family life. For families who use the kitchen as the active heart of the home, the hub where all of the activity of the day takes place, an open design can promote easy accessibility, a feeling of togetherness, and the seamless integration of meal prep and dining into the household.
For families who prefer to use their kitchen as a more functional space, necessary but not central to the family’s lifestyle, a closed kitchen may make more sense. We’ve often found that very serious cooks, whether it’s the home baker or aspiring gourmet chef, prefer a closed kitchen that affords them some degree of privacy while they’re working.