Open Plan Kitchen Tips

As Brits we love to dine outside. Unfortunately due to our temperamental weather we can’t always dine alfresco, so we like to bring the outside in. The best way to do this is to create an open plan kitchen-living-dinging space, allowing natural light to fill the room and bringing the feeling of the outdoors into our homes. You can maximise the effect by incorporating design items like sliding glass doors into the garden and sky lights. A bright and sociable living space, which the whole family can enjoy, is a wonderful addition to any home. It’s about making the most of what we have!

These are my top tips for open plan kitchen living spaces.

The Layout is Key

Think carefully about the layout of the space and what you’d like to see while you’re dining or cooking. Opting for an island or peninsula facing the garden acts as a wonderful connection to the outside. Ensure you have your hob, sink and food prep area on the island, which will allow you to stay in that area and really make the most of the space being sociable, as you can cook whilst chatting to guests.

Link the Outside to Inside

The demand for the ideal kitchen-living-dining space is becoming more and more popular. Kutchenhaus now specialise in custom-built bespoke furniture to match all our kitchen ranges. The designs for each area of your open plan living space can be connected together by bringing in co-ordinating dining room tables, seating areas or even work spaces, which can extend into the garden. The options really are endless; however always speak to a designer first with your room dimensions so they can tell you what is possible.

Think About the Practicalities

Speaking to a highly trained kitchen designer before attempting any re-designing will help you to get the most out of your space. It will also highlight the best place to extend your kitchen if you want to branch out into the garden. Consider the angles of sight that give you the best views of your outdoor space. Think about where you want people to sit, eat, cook, dine etc. All of these elements will determine the positioning of the units and appliances.

An architect may do the best plan in the world, however if you don’t think about your kitchen first, you may have to compromise on design elements later on, which isn’t ideal. Especially as the kitchen and dining aspect was probably the reason for making the changes in the first place.

Get the Kitchen First

Leaving the kitchen buying until after the building work is complete is a recipe for disaster. We have had to help so many customers in the past who have regrettably fallen into this path. By getting your kitchen plan done and agreed at the same time as your building work, it is easy to see where any changes like moving doors, adding windows, or creating additional areas to your space need to be done. Waiting until after the building work has started could end up being very costly indeed!