Dekton Opera open-plan kitchen worktops, splashbacks and island installation.

About this Open Plan Kitchen Project

For this job we supplied the Dekton Opera material, custom-fabrication (single chamfer edge profile, 200mm upstands, sink cutout, hob cutout, extractor cutout and pop-up socket) and installed for the customer.

What is an open-plan kitchen?

An open-plan kitchen design (one that focuses on combining living spaces) is all about getting as much room and flow as possible for cooking, entertaining, and family life. It used to be about just knocking a wall down between two rooms and putting them together, but now it’s so much more than that.

A fully open plan kitchen design provides an inviting, accessible atmosphere that flows from the dining room to the kitchen, creating a seamless, functional experience.

Modern open-plan living has firmly begun to replace traditional closed-plan living. From a home office within a living room to spacious kitchen layouts that function as dining rooms, these spaces should be well-designed and able to function optimally for their combined purpose.

Modern family homes are famed for their open-plan kitchens, thanks to their luxurious, space-flexible design. You can also include a dining area and kitchen in addition to the lounge area.

Even though open-plan kitchens are extremely versatile, creating practical open-plan kitchen spaces that work with daily life isn’t always straightforward.

Creating a liveable space that matches adjacent areas, whilst containing a lot of the sounds and smells, with a unified strategy for decor are all critical and challenging elements to get right.

Why get an open-plan kitchen?

It’s a real bonus to be able to help prepare dinner while children are watching while you are busy doing other things. Open-plan kitchens have the benefit of keeping the dining and cooking area open while providing a casual environment for entertaining.

Is open-plan kitchen a good idea?

Open spaces in contemporary homes can provide a feeling of spaciousness and comfort, as well as functional and stylish functionality, and multitasking and meaningfulness.

Open plan kitchens are loved for their ability to be the hub of the home, providing a family gathering and communication spot. In addition, they are ideal for preparing family meals or hosting holiday parties.

Open plan kitchen designs should offer you a variety of options so you can create a space that fits your needs.

Pros

  • Spacious, luxurious feel
  • Modern and practical space for how we live our lives.
  • More sociable than closed-plan kitchens.
  • Brings family together, no more separate rooms.
  • Makes cooking a more seamless part of daily living.

The lack of visual constraints also contributes to a pleasant experience – there are no walls in the way that force you to focus on one thing or another. You can still talk to your guests while cooking and less walls make for a more sociable environment. It’s a much nicer way to spend time with family as you can all be doing something yet remain together, which is a real plus. It’s also much quicker to get the things you need.

Cons

  • Can be pricey
  • More work involved
  • Careful planning required
  • Less walls means ore space to fill
  • Can be noisy and smelly if not carefully designed
  • Need to be kept cleaner.

Storage needs careful consideration, since combined spaces need to be kept tidier and with less wall space, you need to find alternative ways to put things away.

The noise level in the kitchen, dining and living areas may be an issue because of the noise-implications of multiple spaces becoming one unified room. Since cooking produces washing up, you wouldn’t want to leave dirty plates and pans lying around. You’ll need to get sharper about putting things straight in the dishwasher if you don’t want to be staring at dirty kitchenware whilst watching your favourite TV shows.

Planning your open plan kitchen

It’s vital that open-plan rooms have clear walking space between zones, as well as to make sure that people won’t get hurt while crossing between zones. A good example of this is the kitchen, as it is used both as a work area and a dining room.

Are there any kitchen-zone boundaries that are too close to the seating area? If so, consider the distance between these zones. In addition to the noise from cooking pots and worktops, you may also experience background noise from clattering pans and worktops.

The purpose of appliances like washing machines and dryers is not to improve the look of the kitchen, but to improve the look of the area. If appliances are in the kitchen, they will be noisy and will affect the ambience. It may be advisable to plan cupboards or a dedicated utility area in which these can be kept. A utility space may be located at the centre of an open-plan floor-plan by locating it at the centre of an open-plan space.

Conclusion

Open-plan kitchens are a great way to increase convenience and functionality in your home. They can provide more than enough space for cooking, entertaining, and family life while keeping your house clean. However, the design of open-plan kitchens requires careful planning and attention to detail.

Open plan kitchen designs offer you a variety of options so you can create a space that fits your needs. Modern open-plan living has replaced traditional closed-plan living. From a home office within a living room to spacious kitchen layouts that function as dining rooms, these spaces should be well designed and able to function optimally throughout their purpose.

Modern family homes are famed for their open-plan kitchens, thanks to their luxurious, space-flexible design. You can also include a dining area and kitchen in addition to the lounge area.
These spaces will allow you to bring together all the members of your family – whether they are children or grandchildren – all at once! In addition, they should be bright and airy so that everyone feels welcome at any time of day or night.

Whichever space you opt for, our range of kitchen worktops and porcelain tiles will help you make a space that’s beautiful to look at and relaxing to spend time in.