Have you ever wished you could make your home feel bigger – or felt isolated from everyone when you’re getting dinner ready – or wished you could keep an eye on your toddler playing in the next room while cleaning the kitchen?
If you answered yes to any of these, you may be in a great position for an open concept kitchen remodel. But, make sure you take the right steps and do it well.
First, what exactly is an open concept? The Pros and Cons of Open Floor Plans explains, “a home with this type of layout has one or more large, open rooms that function as multiple rooms within a single living space.”
The open concept room makes the home feel bigger, while also allowing for more interaction with your family or guests, since rooms are not divided off into separate small sections. But before you get going, consider these tips for making sure you’ll be happy with the outcome.
Consult an Expert
Make sure the wall you want to remove is not key in the structural integrity of your home. Talk with a certified remodeler to get a professional opinion.
Work towards Coherence
If you previously had two separate rooms, you probably weren’t too concerned about the styles of the rooms matching one another, but with the open concept, you want your room to have consistent styles and colors.
Start with choosing flooring that you’ll be comfortable with throughout the extended room. Is it cozy enough for a sitting area yet durable enough for the kitchen?
Also consider what colors and style you want to use. Lighter colors tend to give the appearance of a bigger space and are fresh and inviting. Regardless of whether you stay light or go darker, make sure your colors are somehow connected from the kitchen area to the living space. The same goes for the overall style.
Use Defining Elements
Even though you’re creating an open space to help foster connectedness, you still want some sense of separation between the different areas within the room. One of the most common ways to establish separation is to use a long dining table or a big island to section off the two main areas. Accessories can also help give definition. Use a rug to section off the sitting area or different light fixtures to separate the dining area from the living room side.
The exciting thing is that you are crafting a wonderful space for your family to enjoy. But you are also adding to the value of your home. As it states in the post, Considerations for a Whole House Remodel, “Improving your home for your family, while at the same time improving the home’s market value, is a win-win.”
Interested in learning how to transform your kitchen into an open concept? Contact Veri Construction in New Jersey to learn more. We would love to help you make this dream a reality.