In the past 10 years, open concept homes have swept the market. Many homeowners enter a
house and say that they can knock down a wall to accomplish their vision of the perfect open
kitchen design in NH. However, there are many individuals who are slowly going back to the
closed concept home. The type of home where the kitchen is neatly hidden behind a wall so
you can hide when you need to most during that family party. While most individuals prefer the
open concept home, the closed concept does have their draw which is why it is slowly gaining
If you are hosting a dinner party, you want to be able to enjoy the party even if you are the
cook. It is times like this that make having a closed kitchen amazing. You can cook, leave the
mess until later and then go mingle with your guests. You don’t need to feel as though you
need to clean up right away because people can see into your kitchen. The kitchen can become
the catch all for the dirty dishes that will be left until later and you don’t need to worry.
Countertop and cabinets galore
More wall space means more storage. The more wall space you have in your kitchen means
that you can add more cabinets and countertop space so you can have room to prep your
meals. It also will give you a surface to stack all those dirty dishes from the party that you are
going to take care of later.
A chance to prep without being disturbed
This depends solely on the cook. Some cooks don’t mind being talked to and asked questions
while they are cooking. For those that would rather cook in peace, having the separation allows
you to prep and cook without menial conversation. You are able to focus on the task at hand
without worrying about needing to be social until everything is perfect, complete and ready to
A little harder for smells to pass through the home
While a hint of the smells from the kitchen will pass to the rest of the home, having the
separation will allow you to contain most of the smell of cooking to a particular part of the
home. While a lighter fragrance of the food will waft into the rest of the home, the strongest of
the scents will remain in the closed off kitchen.
A way to break from company if needed
Everyone needs a break at some point during a gathering at the home. Whether it is family,
friends or a mixture, sometimes a break is a good thing. Having a separation between the
kitchen and the rest of the home can give you a space to retreat and regroup before returning
to the gathering. While there are other spaces to go, the kitchen allows you the freedom of
breathing for a bit while you pretend to check on the food.
While there are arguments for both forms of kitchen design in NH, a closed concept home still
has its pros. At the end of the day, it will truly be what you as the homeowner prefers. Just
remember, walls are easier to take down than to put back up.
Call Blackdog Builders today to talk to our designers about your next project. Call us in Salem at
603-952-3192 or in Amherst at 603-769-4938.