Some in the last couple of posts we’ve looked at removed load-bearing walls and corbels, which are things that can really help if you’re creating an arch between two walls – they are often used as a nice decorative piece under a load-bearing beam has been placed – now we’re talking about what else you could do with thinking about when you want to knock through and create a kitchen diner.
Kitchen diners are the popular choice for modern homes as more and more people want to socialise and not have to shut themselves off in the kitchen when they have visitors. Older homes often feature quite cramped, darker rooms so opening up the space between two of these allows for a lighter, brighter multi-purpose room. There are also fewer people wanting to have formal dining rooms now too with people preferring a more relaxing place to eat after a hard days work.
The knocked through effect of a kitchen diner allows for a more informal space for eating such as a breakfast bar and more space for storing plates and glasses away from the food int he actual kitchen. The dining areas often double up as studies or kids play rooms too when the dining aspect is kept to the side of the room where the kitchen and dining room meet.
An even better solution if your home is big enough is to knock the wall through entirely and have an island for preparing and eating food in the space where the wall would have been. This kitchen island can be used as a place to fit a second sink, store pots and pans or even integrate a couple of the larger white goods like the washing machine or dishwasher. Kitchen islands can really bring something special to a room, especially when they are finished off with a top quality product like a wood or quartz worktop.
The key to creating the perfect open plan kitchen diner though is having zones for each area. You want to make sure that all food prep is clearly done in one area and theres another for eating and a third for storing food and so on. One way of doing this is by using different flooring options for each area, and different worktop materials for your eating, food prep and utensil storage areas.