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emptynesteralmost

Kitchen Open to family room -- any regrets?

I am trying to figure out a final version of a floor plan and am wondering if I will regret not having the kitchen open to the family room. I'm debating between a kitchen that is self-contained with an eating area, ala Shook Hill (Mitch Ginn Associates), and open to the family room ala Elberton Way (Mitch Ginn Associates). See Links:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=469956883049182&set=a.271750869536452.68574.151018158276391&type=3&theater
(Elberton Way)

http://i864.photobucket.com/albums/ab201/kelhuck/shookhillkitchen.jpg
(Shook Hill)

Elberton Way is gorgeous, but I almost like having the kitchen self-contained so if it's not 100% tidy it doesn't haunt you while watching tv, etc... Shook Hill is open to an eating area AND has two openings to the family room. Do you also sacrifice cabinet space if it is open to the family room?

Any input?

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