Opening up the kitchen to an adjacent space, like the dining room or living room, is the latest trend in kitchen remodeling. In Manhattan, where space is usually limited, you can see why this has become a popular choice.
BRINGING THE KITCHEN OUT OF HIDING
There was a time when the kitchen wasn't a room you'd want exposed. The old style kitchens were not something enjoyable to look at. They were there to be useful, not beautiful.
Not anymore. Now people love to show off their stylish, remodeled countertops, tiling, and cabinetry.
CREATING A CENTRAL GATHERING PLACE
Another advantage to opening up your kitchen is it'll create more space for your family to get together. You'll probably find yourself enjoying a meal and watching television at the kitchen island. It also provides a spot for the kids to have a snack or color, while you cook dinner.
Ever feel like you're missing all the fun while you prepare and serve the food for your dinner guests? If you open up your kitchen, you'll have no problem both hosting and sharing conversation. The kitchen island can even become a convenient spot to layout the snacks, drinks, or a buffet-style brunch for your guests.
Since the crew will already be renovating in your kitchen, bringing down a wall will not raise the cost of the construction by much. Another thing to consider is the expense for the extra cabinetry and a wider countertop. But when you consider the amount of space you're gaining, plus the increased value of your home, the price is worth it.