Here’s how to choose the approach that works best for your layout, and the things you want to accomplish. The piano is in a separate room so people can still play even if someone is watching TV — that is very important to me. I wish I had a finished basement for kids stuff or informal entertaining but I’m glad that I don’t feel like we’re in the kitchen all the time.
In an age when houses are getting smaller for the first time since 2007 (the median size of a new U.S. home in 2010 was 2,169 square feet, up from 1,525 square feet in 1973 but down from the 2007 peak of 2,277 square feet) and house prices are rising like never before, open kitchens maximize space and minimize cost.
Once the wall was knocked out and the island added, there was no room for my babies in the kitchen and it became unsafe because there was no room for a playpen or highchair and I had to put up a gate to keep them out and safe, but the gate was in an opening rather than a doorway so we had to step over it and it was a pain in the butt.
I now live in a semi-open floor, living is open to the dining only and the place is twice the size from previous apartment, I even have 2 bedrooms all for myself, and yet, I can’t seem to make the floor plan work no matter where I move things, and I pride myself of being able to fit the world in a napkin!
The Cabinet Liquidators tool worked faster than most for me. The IKEA kitchen planner downloads to your desktop and runs from there rather than through your browser, so it’s faster to start with, but it slows down once you have a kitchen full of cabinets set up in it.