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Value of kitchen pass-thru
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I am debating about cutting a pass-through for the kitchen.
I know some people like closed kitchen so the smell from cooking is contained... some like it open to create the visual openess.

Personally I am kind of neutral, so I want to know what the general conception. Does a pass-through increases sellability?

Thanks.

it depends on the building and the apartment. in a prewar it may detract from the "character". in the post war it will add. if you're talking about a 1 Br it will definitely appeal to almost all. in a 2+ bedroom it will appeal to less.

It does seem to be a very individual decision. Some people love the look of an open kitchen while others want the appearance of a separate room even if the kitchen is right next to a living room/dining room space. I've seen a few apartments where part of the wall separating the kitchen from the dining area has been removed so you have sort of a partial opening up of the kitchen into the dining area. As ab_11218 notes, it does depend on what type of apartment you have (prewar vs. postwar) and with a one bedroom, opening up the kitchen usually makes the space look larger.

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Good point about losing counter or cabinet space. And separate kitchens do look better if they have at least a small window in them.

I didn't fully commit to an open kitchen in our place. I'm a fairly messy cook but I also need to keep an eye on the kids while cooking. Yes, yes, I know back in the day, one didn't. Anyway, our kitchen has a corner open to the LR. Easy enough to seal up if it should ever become an issue.

no for completely open; yes for semi-open/pass-through. i love ours, it opens to our lr/dr so, like 10023, i can keep an eye on kiddos while cooking.

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Thanks Alan, now the next time that I see an apartment with that cut-out pass through space in the backsplash area above the counter, I'm going to picture a puppet show there. LOL!!!

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we have what alan describes - it doesn't hide the mess :)

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Who actually eats at these breakfast bars? I always see them but nobody ever sits there and eats breakfast. I prefer a closed kitchen and as somewhereelse said - I'm a serious cook. I don't like people around me when I'm cooking

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Something that wasn't mentioned yet is that such an opening will most likely provide natural light, which is really nice if the kitchen doesn't already have a window. Ours is also open above the wall cabinets, which maximizes the amount of light. On the other hand, I wouldn't sacrifice the wall cabinets to have it fully open.

How 'bout feng shui considerations. I seem to recall it's bad to have your stove in position where your back is towards the kitchen entrance.
In fact I think your stove placement is one of the most crucial elements if your into that sort of thing.

I had both and really just prefer the closed. Feels like an extra room. I do have a table in mine though -it's small eat in. I always served drinks in the living room. I have a bar area with all the glasses etc

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I don't believe there is inherently a value that can be ascribed to a pass through or opening a kitchen in anyway. It is all about the overall design impact. One-size answer won't fit all here. It's the aesthetic/practical impact.

Those puppet show cut-throughs are generally silly, I think. Most look rather pedestrian to me. I like the idea of a one or two stool "breakfast bar" about 8" above the counter and open nearly to the ceiling. Ideally, an L-shaped bar the sort of cuts off the upper 1/2 of wall at a corner of the kitchen. You end up with a semi-open space that still is distinct and that can mask a reasonable amount of chaos from diners. This type of design works well in jr-fours and smaller type apartments with relatively small, typically galley type kitchens.

The reason I like the bar is that I'm always the one cooking and I get lonely. I like when someone sits at the bar with a drink and keeps me company but also stays out of my kitchen. Then semi-open design lets me watch/hear the TV from the livingroom while I do the prep work, chat with guests while I cook, and stay part of things. But that 100% open kitchen I am not a fan of and think will be a turn-of-the-century design that becomes dated. You lose tons of precious cabinet space and I don't know what is so great about exposing your sink full of dirty pots to the entire apartment.

In an apt with a larger kitchen or more classic style such as a prewar classic 6, I'd be very careful about how I'd alter the design--completely open would be silly and a little slit into the dining room could make no sense.

Bottom line: careful design on this can yield nice results, but be careful to avoid a boring pedestrian look when it is over.

Hardly a helicopter mom. Very much the opposite. But there is a 6-month window for some kids when they are truly fearless and can reach, chew, and get themselves in trouble. I wouldn't change the entire design of the place based on the 6-month window but semi-open (corner is open is sufficient for me).

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