Open Floor Plan Considerations During a Kitchen Remodel

For more than two decades, “open concept” has been a central aspect of home design and remodels. From home magazines to HGTV shows, open floor plans are a prevalent part of home design, especially when it comes to kitchen remodels. But if you’re looking to renovate your kitchen there are things you should take into consideration, especially living in Minnesota.

Pros of an Open Floor Plan Kitchen Remodel

Whether you’re wanting to remove walls from your currently enclosed kitchen or are looking to redesign an already open floor plan, there are plenty of pros when it comes to an open concept kitchen.

Makes a Space Feel Bigger

If your kitchen has always felt a little cramped, an open floor plan remodel may be the perfect solution. Because the lack of walls gives you open sight lines out from the kitchen, the space will feel more open, even if you haven’t added any square footage.

Makes the Space Physically Bigger

A few things happen to the physical space of an open floor plan kitchen when you remodel: First, removing walls actually does give you a few inches of space because the average wall is around 3.5” deep. This isn’t a large amount of space, but it can help, especially if your contractor is rearranging the kitchen to work better for your needs.

Second, by removing walls and opening the sight lines, the boundaries of where the kitchen ends and the adjacent space—often a living room or dining room—begins. An interior designer can help you to organize both spaces so that they work in tandem, giving you more area to play with for your kitchen needs.

A newly remodeled kitchen with an island accompanied by four chairs.

Third, you and your designer may decide to expand the physical floorplan of the kitchen into the adjacent space, taking square footage from the adjacent room to add area to the kitchen.

An Open Floor Plan Kitchen Remodel Becomes a Place to Entertain

The kitchen is the heart of the home, not only for the family, but guests as well. While homeowners used to want to hide the kitchen away and entertain in more formal spots, today, many use the kitchen as the gathering spot in their home. An open floor plan remodel makes the kitchen more inviting to guests and allows conversations and interactions to occur from there to adjacent spaces.

Cons of an Open Floor Plan Kitchen Remodel

Of course, despite the pros and popularity of open kitchens, there are always going to be cons as well to consider.

You Can’t Hide an Open Floor Plan Kitchen from Guests

Although the kitchen is often seen as an inviting space to entertain guests, a con is that it can’t ever be hidden away from view. If you are someone who would rather have guests meet in common areas like the living or dining rooms so you can keep less view-worthy aspects of the home out of sight, an open kitchen may not be what you’re looking for.

You Can’t Hide the Kitchen from View in General

The nice thing about a closed kitchen is that dirty dishes or pots and pans sitting out can be out of sight, out of mind. With an open kitchen, you will be able to see the dishes piling up or containers left on the counter, even when trying to relax in another room. Studies have even suggested more arguments can arise with an open floor plan kitchen if one member of the household feels they’re cooking and cleaning more often than others, and they can see the other persons relaxing while they’re handling chores in the kitchen, so you should take that into consideration before remodeling.

An Open Floor Plan Kitchen Remodel Can Be Drafty

Living in colder climates such as Minnesota, it’s important to discuss an open floor plan kitchen with an expert before deciding to move forward with the remodel. Walls provide extra insulation to interior spaces, so removing them in a portion of the house that is colder or harder to heat can lead to higher electricity bills or a colder, draftier space.

What’s Right for You?

When thinking about an open floor plan kitchen remodel, sitting down with an expert to discuss what you’re hoping to achieve from the remodel, how your family lives, and what you need from the space will help you to determine what’s right for you. By understanding your goals and needs, an expert can take into consideration the layout you already have, where the kitchen will open into, and what design will help you achieve your goals and satisfy your needs.

When discussing with an expert, it’s important to come in with an honest understanding of your family and how you all function. If a messy kitchen drives you nuts but getting the kids to put their dishes in the dishwasher is like herding cats, your design expert will be able to help create a space that will work for everyone. Likewise, if you find your family convening in the kitchen often, or your kids like to do homework in common areas, an open kitchen that provides space for the whole family to relax at the end of the day can be ideal.

The best part of hiring a design expert is that they can help you think outside the box to transform your home into a space that works for your individual needs.

Are you thinking an open floor plan kitchen is right for your Minnesota home remodel? Schedule a consultation with the design and renovation experts at Ispiri. We have a history of proven excellence in helping Minnesotans remodel their houses into their dream homes.

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