Lately we’ve noticed chatter on some of our favorite idea sites, including Pinterest and Houzz, debating whether it’s better to have a kitchen that’s walled off from the rest of the house, or one that opens up to adjacent family rooms and dining areas.
The debate is timely. For years, designers, architects, and homeowners have been touting the benefits of open floor plans.
But all that openness has been around for awhile, and for some folks the pendulum is now swinging back the other way.
Which is better? We’ve got the answer.
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Opening Arguments: The Open Kitchen
The idea of the open kitchen has been around since the 1990s and continues to be popular.
For example, in 2006 the American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported that “the integration of kitchens with informal living space (great rooms) remains a popular design.” The