Make It Over
Open Kitchen, Yay or Nay?
The spacious look of an open kitchen is easy to fall in love with. It gives you more visual space and offers the sights and smells of a delicious home-cooked meal.
Open kitchens have gained popularity with new home owners, and HDB has some new BTO flats designed with an open kitchen layout for those who love the idea.
If you are one of those who want to hop onto the open kitchen bandwagon, we have put together some considerations on why you would or would not want an open kitchen.
But before you hack down that wall, make sure you get HDB’s approval first.
Why you would want an open kitchen:
- Your home instantly feels more spacious with more light and air streaming in.
- It is easier to host your guests. No more awkward lulls at the parties – whatever you need to grab is just a few steps away.
- You are a multi-tasker. With an open kitchen, you can watch TV, read the papers and prepare meals all at the same spot.
- With potentially less furniture, you can do something different with the space. Your very own barista counter where you could whip up fragrant coffee brews, perhaps?
Everything is out in the open – there are pros and cons
A separate kitchen might be better if you:
- Have a habit of keeping windows and the service yard door closed. Without good ventilation, the smells of cooking up a storm would always linger.
- Find it hard to keep table tops clean and tidy. The trouble with having everything out in the open is that clutter cannot be hidden from plain sight.
- Prefer not to have an integrated theme with the rest of your home. For a harmonious look and feel, you might need to find a theme that works for both your kitchen and living room spaces.
- Feel that you would need to make compromises when the novelty of an open kitchen wears off. It is always wise to plan ahead, and think about your family’s overall needs in the long run, as customised furniture and built-in appliances can be costly.
A kitchen can seamlessly blend into other parts of home
Eyeing a new BTO flat soon? Some flat layouts may have an open kitchen concept already built-in. But do not worry if it’s not for you – you can always opt for a kitchen partition wall if you like to keep things separate.
Head over to Priya’s post for more tips on designing open kitchens such as the types of counters to choose from, and how you can have the best of open- and closed-kitchen layouts.
By Nicholas Yau
October 18, 2016
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