Our kitchen is open to the living room. I generally like it, especially when I'm cooking something time consuming or that takes a while to cook but only needs occasional tending. It's also nice because I can put on the game and/or play music through the surround sound while I'm working in the kitchen.
That said, there's definitely significant "bleed" of smells when I'm cooking. Oddly enough, this isn't as big a problem in the living room as it is in the hallway that overlooks it, but it's definitely there.
The biggest problem, though, is the flooring. Right now, the kitchen matches the living room, which I hate, but I'm not sure there's an alternative because of the layout.
Originally Posted by jbarwick
We have 2,700sq ft and it feels too big. We looked at a house with 3,600sq ft and it had like 3 or 4 entertaining spaces. Plus I have found the more space I have the more people think it needs to be filled with stuff....I don't want a lot of stuff just sitting around.
We're right around 2600, and it's close to perfect for our family of four. I don't love huge houses, and we deliberately chose our neighborhood knowing we paid a bit of a premium for the location and lot (we have a wooded acre with a creek in a subdivision), which meant giving up some space. The only real concern I have is that the non-master bedrooms are all relatively small (the master is huge). This isn't a concern in the near/medium term, but I wonder if the kids will need more space as they get older. On the other hand, I'm not sure I'll be interested in adding square footage and losing the lot just so my kids can have bigger bedrooms. We'll see.