A backlash against open kitchens?

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta

Friends of ours new house has an open concept for the top floor. Kitchen, dining room, living room. It is great because while they are putting the finish touches on dinner you can hang out near by and talk but not be in the way of cooking. Large open space for cocktail parties and stuff. We went to their house warming and could comfortably fit 30 people easily in the space. 

And um… parents need to hide from their kids…? I like that the kids can play in the living room while parents are cooking. 

And I like the look of it. 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I love open kitchens. I love how they look, and how they open up the house and make it seem bigger. Also they’re often brighter, as there are more windows throughout the house that can shine into them. I do however, hate stainless steel and stone coutertops. They’re awful to clean.

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

I had no idea this was a thing to be for or against.

We have an open kitchen, I grew up with a closed kitchen. Both work perfectly fine. I appreciate the natural light in my kitchen now, where I didn’t have that as a kid.

Open kitchens also help the house smell good while cooking. Gotta love a house that smells good!

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

That article is pretty idiotic, if you ask me.  A closed kitchen is better because you can hide the kitchen mess? Umm how about cleaning up as you cook so you don’t have an overboard mess to begin with? Nowhere to hide from your kids? They do have bedrooms. If they’re distracting you, send them to their room. The huge advantage to an open kitchen is that the person/people doing the cooking don’t feel like they’re missing the party. They can look after the meal and still be a part of the conversation. In a lot of homes (like mine) the kitchen becomes the focal point of the activity. We even had our counters built multi-level so we can invite guests into the kitchen while we work: the low side is ideal for working and still making eye contact with a guest seated at the high side bar.

 

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@LadyBlackheart:  Personally, I really prefer open concept houses in general. Particularly with the kitchen- you spend a lot of time in there in the evening. If you have kids they can’t be IN the kitchen with you so it’s easier to let them play in the next room where you can still see them with an open concept. 

I also like to entertain, so I do like the ability to see and talk to my guests while I’m getting last minute hot things together. When we go to my cousin’s house (who has a closed off kitchen) for Thanksgiving, the chefs end up in the kitchen for the whole first half of the party and we dont’ see them until we’re all sitting down to dinner. If the kitche was open we could still interact with them… and they’d be more likely to get help! As is, we don’t know when things are getting hectic. 

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper

I love an open kitchen and wouldn’t buy a house that didn’t have one.  I would hate feeling isolated from the family when I am making a meal.  Formal entertaining is the only time I can see wanting the mess to be a little bit more invisible, but even it’s rarely an issue, since I do as much as possible ahead of time and I really like getting the extra time to visit with guests. 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2015 - Mount Hermon

I agree with PPs.  Clean the damn kitchen if you don’t like the mess.  Tell the kids to go play in their rooms.  Teenager things?  Seriously, teenagers spend all their time in their rooms anyway.  I love open kitchens.  Like PPs said, it makes the home feel bigger and it makes it easier to be together as a family.  My parents have a partially closed kitchen and my mom doesn’t like it.  

Post # 10
coyoteBee
2051 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Franklin Plaza

TBH we just moved out of an apartment with a closed kitchen and into one with a more open layout. I LOVE IT! We love entertaining and it was so, so frustrating to be stuck in the kitchen watching the oven, cleaning dishes, etc. while the party that I had planned and hosted was in full swing in the other room.

I suppose it’s just personal preference as is noted at the end of the article — I am an extrovert who loves entertaining so I will always be a fan of an open floor plan.

 

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

I never realized this was a thing that people were for or against… I love our open kitchen in our apartment. I don’t think I would buy a house with a closed kitchen.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Still love the open kitchen better! Brighter, roomier, and more functional in my experience. I also think they’re great for entertaining, all the food can be put out on a central island, guests can huddle around where the host is… if the mess is so big that you feel you have to hide it, well then…

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - parent's backyard

the articles points are pretty dumb. I think being able to keep an eye on your kids is way more important than being able to have an oasis away from them. as for messiness — kitchens are messy sometimes. I don’t care. 

open kitchens are a million times better for when you have visitors. you know they will want to hang out in the kitchen, and there is not enough room in closed kitchens unless you’re lucky enough to have a giant one. besides, I like to be able to see the living room TV while I’m working, and closed ones feel so stuffy and closed in. 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Over all, I like an open floor plan, but the kitchen is my sanctuary.  I like a closed kitchen.  Also, there is something about my guests being able to see the kitchen while entertaining puts me off- might be the mess I made.  Hey, if you can look rockin’, make killer apps and food, mingle with friends and clean up your mess you’ve made, more power to you! 

 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

We’re in the midst of purchasing a house which is currently in the traditional closed off layout.  We plan to open up the wall between the kitchen and dining room so that we can have one open (and frequently used) space.  However, the living room is on the other side of the house so I think this will be a good compromise.  I personally don’t love the fully open concept house layout, not that you need to be able to “escape” from your family members, but I think it’s nice to have a few separate areas to exist in.  This also keeps the tv area separate from the kitchen.  I don’t need more temptation to watch TV constantly so I like that it will be in a separate zone of the house. Though we’ll see how I feel about everything once we actually move in!

Post # 16
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

I love open concepts. It’s hard for me to imagine living somewhere that wasn’t open.

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