I know a lot of people today like an “open floor plan”, but having three children (and the noise that comes with them) has taught me that doors and walls have advantages. When I contemplated a new kitchen design, I really wanted to look at something other than a wall when I was at the sink. Even after switching the stove and sink, the sink would still be in front of a wall…. UNLESS … hmmm…..I asked the contractor if it was possible to create a window/door and he figured out a way to do it. We sacrificed a high cabinet, but gained a tremendous amount of light from both the front entrance to the house and in the kitchen and we have the option of having the kitchen open or closed.
From the front entrance:
From the garage entrance:
From the dining/table area of the kitchen:
It’s usually open, but we close it if someone comes to the door while we’re eating, there’s a project spread out on the table or to cut down on noise if there are people in both rooms.
To utilize the space above the window, a shelf was put there for baskets.
It’s a decision we’re happy with!