I live in an open plan living house. I know the pros and cons. Overall, I am happy that we opted for an open space planning 15 years ago. The “we” is crucial. It must be a family decision because it directly impacts the way you will life inside your house. You must consider your activities, your tolerance to noise and the structure of your house before starting the space planning.
Why Open-Plan Living Works for Me?
The reason I like open-plan design is that we can do our own thing but still be able to talk to each others. I can prepare the meal and still be in the actions. I only host casual chic parties. Therefore, I do not mind that my guests see the mess in the kitchen while I am cooking. Plus, an open-plan living feels cozier when we host parties. It is suitable to host big and small parties.
Guests will sit at the breakfast bar, regardless of the plan. My only regret is that while I am in the kitchen, I do not see the living room and vice versa. We did not have any other choices. For that reason, my guests tend to stay in the area next to the dining room or at the breakfast bar. I would love to get a floor plan like the top photo. It represents my ideal probably due to the communal table and the long counter, which comes handy as a buffet table.
One thing to remember is that at a sit-down dinner party, etiquette states that you sit down at the dining table only at the start of the meal. This is why having a lounge area next to the kitchen makes a lot of sense.
Open-plan living is not for everyone or can not be done in every house. Here, I like the use of a banquet, which creates a lounge area in a closed kitchen. before you make a decision on your next kitchen, explore the pros and cons of the various kitchen layouts plus the interactions between the dining and living rooms.