I feel vindicated.
For the last decade, the open floor plan has been all the rage. Walls came down and the public rooms of houses became these open barn-like spaces that everyone had to share whether you wanted to or not. Don’t get me wrong, I too think they look good, but I don’t want to give up my private spaces, and sometimes I just don’t want to share.
For years I’ve been asked why we didn’t get rid of the wall between our kitchen and dining room. My stock answer was —why would I do that? My daughter can have all her giggly-girl-friends over, they can bake cookies or pizza, play video games or watch movies, and I can shut the door and read in the living room. Can’t do that easily in an open floor plan.
We were going to sell our home about 7 years ago when Stephen took the job as publisher of The Sheridan Press. Of course at that time the real estate market was in the toilet, and realtors (the ones I worked with) seemed to take great delight in telling me my beloved home wasn’t worth a thing. Oh, and hey, why don’t you take that wall down between the kitchen and dining room? I told them that if we were going to give all of our home’s equity away I would rather give it to my children than to someone I didn’t know who thought they deserved it. So we kept our house and kept that wall, and boy are we glad.
I’ve been writing a lot lately about my kitchen. I like it, it is well planned (not by me) and large enough to have two of just about everything. It is also 20 years old and now needs a remodel. For the past two and a half years, I’ve been doing research and just about know how this will work, and the wall will stay, although we will make the opening into the dining room a little larger.
For the second time in the last few months, I’ve read an article in a major magazine and now The Wall Street Journal about how future kitchens will again be rooms unto themselves. The open floor plan, at least in regards to kitchens, will be passe.
The kitchen, the most important and highly used room in the house, does indeed deserve four walls.
Susan Woody has been a home and garden writer for more than 20 years and is a master gardener.