Kitchen / June 13, 2018 / Richard Odilon.
Part of the charm of an open-plan kitchen is enjoying delicious scents wafting towards the adjoining spaces, yet not all kitchen smells want to be shared. We recommend investing in a decent extractor fan. And should your kitchen have windows, by all means open up. Noise levels also need to be considered if you plan on cooking, dining and entertaining in the same space, so opt for an extractor fan that won’t have anyone shouting to be heard.
Don’t overlook the effect that heating one big room can have on those bills. Underfloor heating is definitely worth considering – decide between a ‘wet’ system, which connects to the gas supply, or an electric system. And consider removing radiators to free up wall space and create a clean, seamless look.
The social factor also comes into play with an open-plan kitchen, particularly if it blends in with a living room. For example, one of the kids could be watching TV in the lounge while another is doing homework at the kitchen island, putting you (who’s busy in the kitchen) in close contact with both.
Large rooms require just as much care and planning as smaller spaces. Keep your work triangle in the kitchen in mind when planning your new open-plan layout (the relationship between the stove, fridge and sink needs to be triangular for easy movement, plus close together to cut down on footwork). Will you need to bring in a kitchen island to shorten the distance where necessary.
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