Not everyone is a fan of the open floor plan. I had no idea how wonderful a traditional, closed kitchen was until I moved into a 1940s Colonial Revival in Minneapolis. I grew up in homes with open floor plans. When we moved into our latest property, I decided to give the closed kitchen a try before making any changes to the property.
My home featured a large, original kitchen with two separate areas for cleaning and cooking, plus a bay window with a built in banquette and table that comfortably seats five people. The adjoining formal dining room is through the swinging door.
A closed is kitchen adds a sense of graciousness to the house. When we are eating in the dining room (about three to five times a week – almost always the evening meal) the cooking mess is not visible. When I am cooking with grease, the smell is confined to the kitchen. When I start the dishwasher, we do not hear the noise in the dining room, living room, library, etc.
The closed kitchen also means that I am able to set up the kitchen for high functionality. My kitchen is not a show piece (that would be the living room). Surfaces are easy to clean, tools are within easy reach and and doors keep pets and small inquisitive children away from the hot and sharp items in the kitchen.
The open concept floor plan dominated the cheap apartments and tiny cheap homes I resided in during my 20s and 30s. The closed kitchen and formal dining room makes me feel like I am finally living like a grown up in a real house.
It turns out that there are plenty of other reasons to love a closed kitchen as the following bloggers illustrate. It is refreshing to see that the appreciation for a closed kitchen is making a come back.