Open living–or having a large, open area in the home that serves multiple purposes–has been increasing in popularity over the years. Nowhere in the home is open living more effective than in the kitchen. The kitchen is a high traffic area and focal point of the home; that’s why it helps to create more space to move and breathe. An open plan kitchen design creates a space that is more suited for entertaining guests, provides more traffic flow for children, and makes a home feel more airy and meditative. Here are a few basic ways to renovate your kitchen to implement an open plan kitchen design.
A big part of open living designs is removing walls that separate rooms from each other. This creates more free space and increased air flow. Of course, if you are considering removing a wall in your kitchen, make sure to consult a contractor for the job. Walls can be load-bearing or contain essential pipes or electrical wires. A contractor can identify which walls are safe to remove, then remove them to open up your kitchen to the rest of your house. This will keep your kitchen from trapping heat, improve lighting, and aid your kitchen’s traffic flow.
A great way to make any area brighter and more open is to install bigger replacement windows. An open plan kitchen design that incorporates bigger windows will allow for better natural lighting. It’s especially important to have good lighting in the kitchen to increase visibility in areas where you are handling dangerous items like knives, hot water, etc. Plus, bigger windows give you an improved view of your surrounding natural landscape! This creates an overall safer, brighter, and more peaceful kitchen.
If you live in an older home, there’s a good chance that you have a dropped ceiling covering a raised ceiling. Dropped ceilings became a trend when they were considered a good way to save energy on heating costs. You may be able to remove your dropped ceiling to reveal a gorgeous high-vaulted ceiling. And as for energy costs, if you install radiant floor heating in your kitchen, you’ll be able to more easily heat the bottom area of the room where people are.
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