New homes are being built with open floor plans, and especially open kitchens, for decades. This means that the "great room" is usually a one-room space with a kitchen and a living or dining area. Even houses that don't have a "great space" are more open than others. There are fewer walls to separate the main areas of the house. Some people find this a huge improvement, while others prefer the older style. This trend is growing in popularity regardless of what anyone thinks.
The idea of the great space is expanded in some homes. The great room is no longer one large space with clearly defined areas for cooking, entertaining, or dining. Some new kitchen designs challenge us to think differently about how we use these spaces and blend them together. This is done by incorporating elements from other rooms into the kitchen.
When you combine these elements and features with large spaces like a great space, it can be difficult to see where the kitchen ends, and other rooms begin.
Many factors make the kitchen more social than just a place where you can prepare food.
For a long time, small eating areas and bar-like countertops were added to the back of peninsulas and kitchen islands.
These large, bar-like counters are now more popular in open kitchen designs.
It would have been common for people to have a small, 12 inches portable TV on the counter of a kitchen twenty-five years ago so they could cook or watch TV.
The advent of smaller, thinner televisions made it possible to keep a small "kitchen TV" under the counter for years.
The new kitchen may have family members or friends spending time in it. Has taken the kitchen TV to the next level by adding larger TVs to the cabinets and walls of the kitchen. Some TVs are 30-40 inches in size. Units that were used 20 years ago in a kitchen would have been acceptable screen sizes for the main TV in any living space. These TVs will often be connected with larger household entertainment networks.
The TV isn't the only living-room item that can wander into the kitchen.
New kitchens can house large, beautiful commercial freezers, have enough space for your kitchen equipment.
It is not unusual for small drink stations or even wet bars to be located near the kitchen. But now, we see wet bars and coffee equipment integrated into the kitchen design to encourage people to gather around them.
The kitchen is becoming less central in many homes as people and families increasingly order take-out instead of cooking at home.
This hidden kitchen is a great way to maximize your social space, especially if you host many events and rarely cook. Although this "Bond villain" level would be annoying to those who don't cook often, it could be a great way to integrate your new kitchen with the rest of the house.
For similar purposes, the kitchen and dining room have been closely connected for centuries. We have seen a decrease informal dining room use as it is more common for families with two full-time incomes. This has resulted in the space being used for other purposes.
These rooms became less frequent over time, and they began to look smaller.
Now, we see these spaces merged with kitchens that include all elements of formal dining rooms.
Apart from the dining and entertaining areas, there are also workspaces like offices and craft tables.
This is a simple desk space at the far end of a kitchen. This arrangement is not unusual.
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