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Open or Closed Kitchen Remodel in 2020?

Rockville, MD homeowners, who are considering a kitchen remodel in 2020, may be faced with a difficult decision: should they have an open or a closed kitchen? Converting a kitchen, from one layout to the other, means taking on an often more expensive kitchen remodeling project, even if working with an affordable designer and builder. Living with and using an open or closed kitchen may seem like it comes down to a matter of personal choice, but it’s important to think through the impact it will have on your Rockville home’s overall look and functionality. Plus, this choice could impact how easily you may be able to sell your home in the future, as potential homebuyers can make their decision based on an open or closed kitchen layout. Let’s examine the pros and cons of each style and see if there is a middle ground solution that may work.


Is it better to have an open or closed kitchen remodel in Rockville, MD? Here are a few thoughts.

Open Kitchen Design

It may come as a surprise to some that we even need to debate if an open kitchen design is better than a closed one. After all, open kitchens have been all the rage in recent years due to it’s appealing open and spacious appearance. Using open kitchens are a great way to create the illusion of greater space in more modestly sized homes or cramped interiors. Further, people don’t want to hide their beautiful Rockville, MD kitchens in a room; they want to show off their fabulous cabinetry and glossy countertops. From a functional standpoint, open kitchens blend living between the kitchen and the nearby room, often a family or dining room. That way, it’s easy to prep meals and work in the kitchen while spending time with family or holding conversations with guests.

Typically, the most significant drawback is also the lack of separation from the kitchen and the rest of the home. Some homeowners can get annoyed with how easily smells and sights of a kitchen can distract them from the other rooms.

Closed Kitchen Design

Closed kitchens mean fewer doorways and more walls that keep the kitchen hidden. With this configuration, the size of a kitchen was often hard to work around unless a wall or two could be taken down. However, closed kitchens, like those in a galley style or G-shaped kitchen, compensated for the limited floor space with additional counter space and cabinet storage. With the kitchen separated from other living areas, the dining experience in another room would feel more focused on the meal and company, rather than the uncleaned state of the kitchen.

Finding a Middle Ground

There are ways to remedy issues brought up by one kitchen remodel with some strategic design. Keep in mind, future buyers may not see a hindrance with open or closed kitchen layouts, and these changes may even deter their interest. In any case, Rockville, MD homeowners can have the relatively open kitchen they admire while maintaining some boundaries with half walls, pass-through windows, or raised bar seating along the far end of your kitchen. With regards to kitchen smells and sights, a quality range hood should banish cooking odors, and a large farmhouse sink or dishwasher could momentarily hide dirty dishes until the next wash.

Call Signature Kitchens Additions & Baths

If you’re ready to remodel your Rockville, MD home, call Signature Kitchens Additions & Baths. As a premier kitchen remodeling contractor, we are proud to serve Washington D.C., Rockville, Arlington, Alexandria and beyond. Nothing rejuvenates a house like a stunning kitchen design. Visit our website to view a long list of positive client reviews, and scroll through pictures of our favorite projects! Schedule a consultation on our website, or give us a call at 301-251-1880.

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