It’s Never an Open or Shut Case
Open floor plan kitchens have been a hot trend for a number of years, but not all of our clients want or need an open floor plan, opting instead for an enclosed space that better suits their needs, lifestyle and preferences.
Why would anyone want an enclosed kitchen? There are many reasons. One is that you don’t have to worry about the mess when entertaining. There’s no need to wash dishes, pots and pans, put away spices and herbs or make sure that the counters are clutter free. You can spend more time entertaining instead of worrying what the kitchen looks like after preparing a meal.
There are functional advantages to closed kitchens. Enclosed kitchens generally offer more storage opportunities than open floor plan counterparts because they have more wall space. More wall space allows for additional cabinet and drawer and shelves.
Aesthetically, enclosed kitchens provide more flexibility for unique design statements. An enclosed kitchen represents a separate room distinct from other spaces in the home. The design choices don’t necessarily have to blend in with connecting rooms, as is often the case with open floor plans, and the kitchen can stand apart from any other room in the house. Our clients have decorated their enclosed kitchens with artwork, memorabilia from trips, bold colors, unique and different textures, statement making materials or whatever their heart desires. Imagine if you had a blank canvas, what unique statement would you make?
Enclosed kitchens offer both sound and aroma control. You can confine the odors from cooking, cleaning or other activities much more effectively in a closed space than an open one. The same functionality is offered with sound. In an enclosed kitchen, there is less likelihood you will hear a conversation taking place in an adjoining room or music from a stereo system.
Enclosed kitchens are especially appealing to our customers whose homes are filled with family, friends and constant activity. By closing off the kitchen from the rest of the home, our clients can have a space all of their own, away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
If you would like to discuss the pros and cons of enclosed versus open floor plan kitchens, give us a call at 603-448-9700 or visit our showroom at 105 Hanover Street, Lebanon, NH.