March 3, 2018
Kitchen Remodeling: How to Create an Open Kitchen Layout
If you’re remodeling your home and want to create and open kitchen floor plan, there are several ways that you can go about it. Not every option works well for every kitchen.
Here are remodeling steps that you might want to consider if you desire an open floor plan.
- Wall removal: Removing a wall if a great place to start. It immediately creates open space. If considering wall removal, you will need to consult with your contractor to make sure it is even possible. Your contractor will need to determine if the wall is load bearing, or concealing important electrical/plumbing/HVAC components. In some cases the cost to move structural elements may be too costly and not make sense in the scope of the project.
- Remove Upper Cabinets & Peninsula: Upper cabinets above a peninsula are dated. Although this design is great for storage space, it does not present an open environment. This design simulates a solid wall and give the impression of a smaller space. Removing the upper cabinets extends the line of sight and give the room a larger feel.
- Eliminate Soffits: Soffits in the kitchen make the ceiling look lower, and makes the room feel smaller than it really is. If your budget allows, remove the soffits and install cabinets that go to the ceiling to give your kitchen added space.
- Add Natural Light: Adding natural light will create openness within the room. Removing a wall or upper cabinets can provide more natural light to enter your kitchen. Adding an additional window, widening an existing window, or installing a skylight is another way to add more natural light to your kitchen during the remodeling stages.
Get The Experts Advice
Although we have outlined a few options that can increase natural light to your kitchen, we strongly advise you consulting with your contractor. At ABF Remodeling, our design team will assess your current kitchen and review potential design options that will create an open design. Our designers will then be better able to gauge exactly what needs to be done and how much it will cost to get your open kitchen.