Kitchen "pass throughs" - your thoughts ?


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Old 07-26-15, 10:09 PM
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Kitchen "pass throughs" - your thoughts ?

I have a house that we were renting but no longer will be. I had an idea for a kitchen pass through from the kitchen to the living room. I am just wondering though if it is a good idea or not aside from the structural issues that my contractor can handle. Are they a dated item or do they add value to the house? Your thoughts and ideas on the subject are appreciated.

I have no pictures right now as the house is still occupied but If I can I might be able to get stills from a video I made. It may take some doing though so right now I can't promise any pictures.
 
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Old 07-27-15, 12:26 AM
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I'd say if it's big enough...yes...it would be worth doing. It has to provide complete sightlines...not just like at a restaurant, a place to only slide the food through.

A good contractor can do it without major sheetrock work or even repainting. If it's not load bearing of course.
 
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Old 07-27-15, 03:51 AM
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The only drawback will be the wall space you will be losing. Is it worth losing cabinet space to have a pass through? They open the rooms up and make kitchens more part of the house, so that is a plus. No one wants to be cooped up in a kitchen preparing meals while everyone else is in the living room talking. It allows inter mingling and openness.
 
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Old 07-27-15, 04:25 AM
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IMO what is located on the kitchen side would be the determining factor. I like opening it up to the adjoining room but if you loose cabinets in the process - can the kitchen afford less storage?

You say the house is currently being rented out but that will change, how? selling or moving in yourself?
 
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Old 07-27-15, 03:25 PM
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It is a large kitchen about approximately 12x12 and at one time the kitchen had no cabinets to the left side of the kitchen. Now there is an L to that side with some cabinets on the L side where no cabinets were before ending in a small broom closet. We have hopes of selling the house to family but if we can't then selling it to someone else. A pass through has looked good though on some television shows but I still need to think about it some and your opinions will help.
 
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Old 07-27-15, 03:29 PM
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Of course, as you know, pictures help.
 
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Old 07-27-15, 06:31 PM
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Of course, as you know, pictures help.
I know Larry and I wish I could provide pictures but I can't right now. I may not even do it as I like the idea but I am not the only one who makes the decisions either. I still like as much feedback as possible under the circumstances and if I don't do it with this house I might with another in the future.
 
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Old 07-27-15, 07:10 PM
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Another thought is rather just a pass through, how about totally removing the wall? The "open concept" is a buzzword I hear a lot. Only issue is that is can be a lot more work.
 
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Old 07-28-15, 05:36 PM
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As you know I still don't have access to the house yet but I did look over the video I talked about and I decided that a pass through really will not work. The cabinets would be in the way and they really would not allow for a big enough opening. As for removing the wall that wouldn't work either it would take away too much space that the living room needs. Except for being in the house a few times since we have rented the house I haven't really paid that much attention to the kitchen. I helped to design it too and put the cabinets up but that was a while back.
 
 

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