The idea of an open concept kitchen is not at all unusual, especially in the case of modern and contemporary homes. Nowadays the tendency is to make the interior as fluid as possible and to simplify the structure and the décor as much as possible without sacrificing the functionality. It’s why eliminating the barrier between the kitchen and the social spaces is a practical move.
Most often, the kitchen is linked to the dining area and the two spaces are adjacent. The dining table usually becomes a buffer zone between the kitchen and the living/ seating area. This house in Vancouver designed by architect Randy Bens is a good example.
Sometimes the three functions are not necessarily all part of the same open floor plan. The kitchen and the dining space, because of their similarities, can form a single zone while the other social areas form another. It’s a concept that Aileen Sage Architects used when designing the Courtyard House, one of the many kitchen floor plans that complement modern homes.
Open concept kitchens are a practical design solution in the case of small homes. Located in Sizun, France, this house by Modal Architecture has a small and compact kitchen that makes the most of every little nook and cranny. It has custom cabinetry that occupies an entire wall and follows the lines of the slanted roof.
The Riverview Way residence by Tom Hurt Architecture illustrates how flexible the design of an open concept kitchen can be. Without fixed restrictions and walls, the kitchen can be better organized and thus it can be more functional and user-friendly.
Sometimes a little bit of privacy in the kitchen, dining room or living area can be useful. Without any separating walls, this can be a problem. But Smart Design Studio found a viable solution when designing the Heritage residence. The large open floor plan features curtains which can separate the different functions if needed.
The natural light and the views are important, even in the case of the kitchen. It’s why the team from Chan Architecture placed the kitchen, the dining area and the living space parallel to each other, along a glass wall and sliding door that opens this entire zone to the pool and the exterior.
The Bolton Residence by NatureHumaine offers splendid views but the interior spaces are not exactly large. The kitchen is quite small but, because it has an open concept design, it feels spacious. Also, all the built-in appliances and the simple color palette in combination with the sculptural ceiling create a refined look.
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