Open Kitchen Designs – the pros and cons

Perry Hiiman
December 26, 2013
Open Kitchen Designs – the pros and cons

Are you fed up feeling cramped in your small kitchen? Or are you desperate to add some sort of privacy to your open plan kitchen? The debate is an ongoing one for most people looking to renovate the home or planning a new kitchen remodeling.


Kitchen Display

An open kitchen design can be used to display the kitchen as part of your home furnishings, the cabinets can be spread out along the one existing wall and there is more countertop surface.

If you live in the city chances are your apartment is small and you want to maximise every inch of your small manhattan kitchen. Having an open kitchen means saving the space of walls and enabling you to design something small without feeling how small it really is.

Another pro for the open plan is the issue of light. The open design allows for much more light and a brighter and more airy room.

On the con side, an open kitchen means everyone seeing the mess, kitchen smells throughout the apartment and children or guests underfoot while you are working in the kitchen.

It is possible to find solutions to have your open plan but hide the mess or have an option of closing off when you want to.

Folding door, screens and half walls are some ways although creative and stylish alternatives such as raising the far end of your island or positioning the mess areas to be hidden. A good kitchen designer at NYKB can come up with countless ideas and solutions for creating your dream New York.


The goal of renovation and remodeling is to ensure satisfaction upon completion of your project. Construction can be very frustrating, and without a professional contractor, things can go wrong.

About Author

Perry Hiiman

Perry Hiiman was born and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel. He planted his roots in Manhattan, New York in 1992. A few years later, Perry met his wife and had three lovely daughters. Perry has always been excited about home improvement and design. He has been in the service industry for over 25 years. Perry and his partner founded New York Kitchen and Bath in 2001. They pioneered the One Stop Shop concept of home improvement and design firms. In addition, Perry is a New York State licensed contractor, OSHA certified, and a New York State licensed mold assessor. He specializes in custom design and is genuinely passionate about what he does—bringing people’s dream projects to life.

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