You are finally ready for that kitchen to be remodeled, and you are one who has dreamed of an open layout ever since you moved into your current home, so how do you achieve your dream kitchen? The first step is to get a professional into your home to determine what type of wall you are dealing with between the kitchen and the living room. You may get lucky and find that the wall is not load-bearing and can be taken down easily without a huge hit to your budget. Now if you are not so lucky and are informed that the wall between the kitchen and the living room is a load-bearing wall you have two options:
The first option is to go for it. This possibly will involve your contractor rewiring some electrical work, replacing and lifting existing support beams, and pulling permits. A less expensive option would be to just keep the upper load-bearing wall so that it hangs down just a foot to a foot and a half from the ceiling. This will still require some removal of walls and rewiring but will probably save you the expense of having to replace some of the existing support beams. It depends if you want to live with the ceilings being uneven or having a foot difference in height.
Another option to consider is how often do you use your dining room? Would it be worth it for you and your family to use some of the space from the dining room to make the kitchen larger? You could also consider designing an eat in kitchen or a bar top kitchen. You could almost double the size of your kitchen layout if you are not using your dining room at all. It is said that the kitchen is the "Heart of the Home", as well as the biggest resale factor, so it might be worth it to open up the layout.
After you have decided what to do with that wall seperating the kitchen and living room, you will notice a large change in the flow from the kitchen to the dining room. In your dining room, if you want the flow to keep going, it is important to allow enough room around the dining room table for your guests to walk around and sit comfortably. A standard size is to allow 24 inches between each person for a comfortable flow.
In the kitchen area if you do have an island consider the amount of space between the island and the wall cabinets. To keep a good flow going throughout the kitchen it is ideal to have a 42 inch space between the wall cabinets and island so that people can easily walk around the kitchen without feeling cramped.
Do you have any tips on how to make your kitchen seem like it has a better flow? I would love to hear your thoughts so make sure you share them with me in the comments.