Here we go again. Articles are popping up everywhere claiming that the open concept kitchen floorplan is on its way out. Is it true?
I realize times have changed and the need to have more workspaces in the home has definitely increased. But does that mean we need more walls in a home to get rid of the open concept kitchen floorplan?
The Open Concept Kitchen and Living Floorplan
I will admit that during the past two years I wished at times for more privacy while there were four different Zoom calls happening at the same time in our home. It was loud, and hard to think, but I was surprised to read that many now think an open concept kitchen or living floorplan is no longer popular.
Personally, I love an open floor plan. As a family, we like to play together, dine together, and cook together. This means we like a floor plan that allows us all to entertain while still being together.
Who Thinks Open Floor Plans are a Bad Idea?
In an article by familyhandyman.com, the article claims “While having everything out in the open is meant to promote inclusivity, people are finding that having an open-concept home really isn’t serving the purpose it was made for.” It also stated, “I admit, having an open kitchen and dining room really is beautiful. The way the sun comes in from our gorgeous bay window while you sip on a cup of coffee really does feel like bliss. But for most, the cons weigh out the pros open-concept homes. It doesn’t leave room for privacy, and very little room to hide the mess that we all inevitably make after a busy day.”
Are you telling me that opening up the kitchen to the family and dining areas leads to no privacy and more mess to clean up?
And those cons outweigh the pros?
As a mother who loves to cook and entertain, there is no way a closed-off kitchen is better. In fact, in our home, I can promise you a closed-off kitchen would lead to less cooking and less good food. So hah!
Rethinking the Work Areas in Your Home
In an article by Architectural Digest, I agree with the quote saying “Instead of witnessing the end of the open concept floor plan, I believe we are seeing the creation of spaces that work in tandem with the open concept to give homeowners more options,” says Jay Kallos, SVP of architecture at Ashton Woods Homes, a luxury home builder based in Atlanta.
So how can you create effective work areas to be productive when your home has an open floor plan?
Let me tell you what I did. I literally walked through our home and identified and created new and private work areas all through our home.
Here are the six areas in our home that became private work areas.
- one – The dining room was an easy option. although I did have to have an electrical outlet installed because the only one was in the center of the floor, under the rug!
- two – The family room dining table works great as a work area and there are doors to close it off for privacy.
- three – I added a desk behind the sofa in the living room. The desk is large and it’s interesting because this is one of the most popular work areas in our home.
- four – Technically the 3rd floor is the headquarters for My 100 Year Old Home. The large table on the other side of the pool table is a great workspace. We now have double monitors on the table which I love.
- five – I added a small work desk in our primary bedroom which is a very private place to take Zoom calls. I love it.
- six – My craft room works quite well as an office. I usually have to clear a current craft project of the desk but we all love the taller table/desk height!
Open Concept Kitchen for the Beach House
We are remodeling our beach house and creating a more open floor plan. We removed a bedroom next to the kitchen to create a larger open concept kitchen that was more open to the family room. You can read about our kitchen plans here.
It’s funny because every time I share an update with our kids I get the response, “I cannot wait to come for a month and work while I am there”!
So that got me thinking … we need some private work areas. So I have decided to include a “work area” in every bedroom. Of course, my definition of a work area is a cool vintage table with a comfy chair.
Why not, right?
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I agree with my friend Martha Stewart (who has absolutely no idea who I am but I still call her my friend) in her article titled, We’re Putting Up Walls Again – Is the Open floor Plan on Its Way Out? that the choice is up to you.
We made it work in our home and were able to keep the open floor plan. It just took some creativity.
I would love to get your thoughts on this issue! Do you agree or disagree that open floor plans have gone out of style?
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