January 27, 2016
A home simply cannot exist without a kitchen. The kitchen represents the heart of the home, whether a house, apartment, condo, or mobile home. People like to spend time in the kitchen because of easy access to nearby food, which draws in other people that want to interact with others. As a result, the kitchen can start to feel crowded and cramped. When using the hot stove, the kitchen can uncomfortably heat up, especially in the summer time. For homes in regions that allow for ample outdoor living, opening the kitchen to the outdoors brings life, light, and air into the home. Combine with contemporary outdoor furniture, and your kitchen can turn into the best place to host a party from.
Open up the indoors to the outdoors with glass-pane barn doors. This creates a focal point where people can move between the spaces, and the elegant doors easily slide apart instead of taking up space that conventional swinging doors do. Glass doors allows light in and outward viewing, and the doors will remain aesthetically pleasing, even after the sun sets. Sliding glass doors and screens take up no additional space, so they effectively increase the home’s square footage. For homes where sliding glass doors would look out of character, consider French doors for classic alluring charm. To accent these French doors, design a special garden feature, such as a trimmed hedge or a fountain, to line up with the view from the inside.
If you do not have the option to work on the doors of your place, why not take a look at the windows? Bifold windows and folding glass wall systems fold up, which allow you to open up the kitchen to allow the breeze and the sun in, especially if you keep potted herbs near the window. Folding windows have minimal frames, making them a great choice for modern and contemporary homes. Additionally, add an outdoor bar right outside the window. From the outside, folding windows provide an ideal spot to create an outdoor bar with pass-through access to the kitchen. Position the outdoor bar under a wide awning to provide some cover from the sun, and rain where applicable.
In a home where you cannot physically work on the doors or windows? Try to think of other ways to add light to an otherwise dark space. In a kitchen or an open-plan space without windows, you will want to add light at the end of the room. Instead of sliding or swinging doors, have doors that fold back accordion-style. Glass doors always make the kitchen and patio feel more spacious and welcoming. Even for small or narrow kitchens, glass doors at the end of a kitchen offer an enticing view of the backyard. When closed, the additional light and view can make the narrow space feel bigger.
Able to go big? If you have a larger budget and more control over the home, go big by opening up some walls of the home. As an extreme, open up an entire side of the home near the kitchen. Glass doors can fold away to the side, or can roll up into the ceiling like a garage door. Do not forget the curtains in case you want to close up the space later on. Additionally, roll-up doors can fold up too, like airplane hangar doors. Fancy homes even have roofs over the kitchen that completely retract, kind of like a sports arena or stadium. This places the kitchen in a spot where it can completely have the sunlight, while functioning as an indoor kitchen when needed.