The history and the future of the open concept kitchen and living area

If you’ve spent any time watching HGTV or any of the numerous other home improvement shows on television, you know that the name of the game is open concept. Rather than walls separating the living room, kitchen and dining area, the rule these days is to knock everything down and open it up.

Open floor plans may seem like the new norm. After all, who doesn’t love a larger kitchen and the freedom that comes with being able to freely move between rooms? Plus they really look great.

But is it just a fad?

The New York Times recently ran an article about how several top designers and home remodelers in the city were beginning to build closed kitchen units. It’s not that the trend is necessarily shifting back to closed kitchens, but some developers, who hadn’t built a closed kitchen since the '90s, are now cranking out a few dozen each year.

One reason is that many find the privacy offered by a traditional style of kitchen to be more conducive to entertaining. For example, if you’re having a party and the garbage disposal backs up, or for whatever reason you get a little messy when making your culinary masterpieces, it’s nice to hide all of that from the guests. Others find that the smell and noise from the kitchen can ultimately detract from socializing and entertaining.   

The future of kitchen design

Nonetheless, open-concept kitchens continue to top many buyers' wish lists, and it’s unlikely they will go away anytime soon.

What we are seeing with the reemergence of closed kitchens is that people are selecting from a variety of layout choices. Ultimately, what the open-space trend did was to open up more possibilities for homeowners. Many families want the social aspect that comes with an open floor plan, while others want that formal dining area and a traditional feel.

This range of preferences is something to keep in mind when selling your home. You don’t need to knock down a wall or two to get top dollar. Use what you have, maximize the effect and it’s likely you’ll be able to attract the buyer who is looking for the layout you have.

If you want to know more about what kinds of strategies will work to sell your home, talk to a Coldwell Banker Hedges Realtor® today. They know the industry and can tell you everything you need to know about the Cedar Rapids housing market.

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