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After owning the same house for more than 20 years, it came time to decide whether to sell the home or fix it up. And after weeks of contemplation, I realized that I just was not ready to close the door on all the memories held in the home. But I also didn't want to live in a shabby old house anymore. So, I decided to do get involved with some restoration projects – the kitchen, bathrooms, and living room were all updated, as well as the roof. I also redesigned the entire property's landscape to give it a brand new look. Now that everything is complete, I miss the process! So, I thought I would relive some of my favorite projects by sharing ideas, tips, and tricks for renovation that might interest you. Hopefully you'll find the things I have to share inspiring and encouraging.

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6 Reasons To Remodel For A Closed Kitchen Design

by Jonathan Lucas

Over the past few decades, new homes as well as those being remodeled have increasingly included a kitchen that's open to the dining area and the living room or family room. For a variety of reasons, many homeowners are returning to the closed kitchen concept. If you're not all that satisfied with your open kitchen, consider some advantages of having a remodeling contractor add a wall or two to separate that space from the dining room or main living area. 

Closed Kitchen Advantages

Privacy

People who love to socialize with the rest of the family or their guests while cooking and baking may be happier with an open kitchen. However, you might prefer to fully concentrate on the fabulous meals you prepare. Distractions can lead to errors.

In addition, a closed kitchen can become your sanctuary -- a place where you can get some peace and quiet while being creative.

Impressive Presentation

When everyone can watch you prepare a meal from the appetizer course to the dessert, there's no surprise involved. With a closed kitchen, you can make an impressive presentation as you bring out the different courses. 

Ambient Lighting

A closed kitchen can have bright lights that don't disrupt the atmosphere in the dining room or other rooms. 

Hidden Dirty Dishes

Unless you tackle the dirty dishes and cookware promptly, they sit out in the sink, on the stove and on the counters where everyone can see them. A closed kitchen hides these items from view until you're ready to begin cleaning. 

Extra Cabinet Space

Because an open kitchen typically only has two walls, it can have a lack of cabinet space. An extra wall or two gives you the opportunity to add more cabinets in the sizes you want. 

Useful Wall Space on the Other Side

With an additional wall in the living room or family room, you now can add a bookshelf or artwork. If a new wall borders the dining area, you might have the remodeling contractor install a built-in china cabinet or hutch. 

Consult a Remodeling Contractor

A contractor who does kitchen remodeling probably won't be surprised at your idea of turning an open kitchen into a closed one. This style is once again becoming popular for its various advantages. When the remodeling pro arrives at your place to view the kitchen, discuss possibilities for renovating this room. Then look forward to a kitchen that's more suitable for your lifestyle. Talk with a restoration and remodeling company like Western Skies Restoration Inc to get your project started. 

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