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Open Plan or Closed Kitchen: Which is best for me? - Part 1

At Gary Fullwood Designed Living we are constantly asked “Which is better, an open plan kitchen or a closed kitchen?” There is no real winner in this age old kitchen design argument and each has many pros and cons. Over the next two weeks, we will go through the reasons why and reasons should not choose either an open plan or closed kitchen and let you decide.

The Nitty Gritty

First of all, we need to get down to the basics and define both a closed and open plan kitchen. A closed kitchen is a room defined by the walls that surround it closing it off from the rest of the floorplan. Open plan kitchens typically flow into the dining room lounge area and are considered more contemporary. An open plan kitchen design is often found in new builds or is a common choice for those wishing to remodel their home and kitchen with a fresh new look.

Closed kitchens are often found in older properties and galley kitchens are often closed at each end. With a closed space you have a room that is away from the rest of the home, separated by walls and doors sometimes with a serving hatch into the dining room. Despite closed kitchens being something associated with older homes these kitchen by no means have to be old in style. At Gary Fullwood Designed Living we have installed many modern and very functional closed kitchens that look amazing and blow our clients. away.

Design Considerations

Before jumping into the real pros and cons of closed kitchens and open plan kitchens one needs to consider the basics of design and perhaps the construction requirements of your new kitchen. As mentioned above, a closed kitchen is commonly associated with older properties and open plan with newer or more contemporary builds. With a closed plan kitchen you can have a design the is different to the rest of the home, whereas with open plan you need that all important flow. It is not impossible to create a unique space and design for an open plan kitchen that stands out from the rest of the large open space but typically a flow of design is essential.

If you are planning on “knocking through” your closed kitchen into an open plan kitchen there are often structural requirements to take into consideration and the job may come with some hidden costs in terms of initial construction. It is not unusual either to turn an open plan kitchen into a closed kitchen if your house layout permits.

Space and Light

The two major defining factors that determine whether an open plan kitchen or closed kitchen will work for you are ultimately light and space. An experienced kitchen design company such as Gary Fullwood Designed Living will be able to tell immediately what will work and what won't. So, before jumping in and going ahead with the dream kitchen in your head contact us and we can begin to move forward with a kitchen that will work best for you.

In next week’s article, we will lift the covers on open plan vs. closed plan kitchens considering the smells, sounds, and looks of your proposed new kitchen. We will touch on your family and leave you with enough information to decide what will work best for you.

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