looking thru Country living mag and glad to see Open concept are becoming a thing of the past..
It has its limitations. Personally, I like a kitchen that can be closed off if wanted like when it is hot outside so the heat from cooking stays in the kitchen or the smell of cooking ham doesn't take over the whole house. Then if you have teenagers that like loud music, a door to close is nice too.
I happen to like the open concept. If you watch TV or look at magazines you would think that was all there was. But when we were looking at homes there was a variety. Separate rooms, living room & dining room together, kitchen & dining room together.
It is good that there are choices.
On Hometime recently on my PBS station they were following an architect that was expanding his ranch house. He built open concept with the family room, dining room and kitchen in one large space. But he built a "walk-in" pantry that was really like a second kitchen. The main kitchen had the big commercial style range but all of the countertop appliances we in the pantry that could be closed off.
I liked the concept if you had the room. I'd love to get the coffee maker, mixer, toaster oven and the like out of view but still accessible.
Any advice given here is general in nature and is not necessarily valid for your given area. If in doubt check with your local codes enforcement department for what is required when doing electrical, plumbing or structural work on your house. Permits may or may not be required in your area and home owners may not be able to DIY some tasks. I have no way of knowing if you have the skills needed to complete the tasks you are asking about, when in doubt seek professional assistance.
My advice may be worth exactly what you pay me for it. :-) For the record I did not stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.
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