Jona Lewie famously sung how ‘You’ll always find me in the kitchen at parties’, and in the 21st Century the room more traditionally associated with food preparation is fast becoming the most important part of the house in terms of entertaining, socialising and spending quality time with the family.
Perhaps it’s the ongoing trend for open-plan interior design- combining parts of the home that serve different purposes into one larger area. Maybe it’s simply because modern kitchens are so beautiful, once you have one fitted chances are you’ll never want to leave it again. Either way, the days of domestic chefs being kept in relative solitary confinement whilst they cook food for loved ones are now very much a thing of the past.
According to one survey of British homes, we now spend more time in the kitchen than any other room in the house, with the average taking up a sizable 121-square feet of space. That’s almost double the scale during the 1920s, with kitchens now taking up more space in the home than any other room. Put simply, then, we’ve never used this corner of the house more than we do today, and as such it makes perfect sense that we’ve never spent quite so much as we do today on this corner of the house.
Of course not many of us can afford the £170,000 price tag some of the most luxurious installations cost- even Wayne and Coleen Rooney fell short of that figure by some £20,000 when they bought a new one last year. Nevertheless, the average amount paid by Britons for a new kitchen was sitting at £8,000 back in 2013, meaning we can expect that to have increased since then. Given the importance of this particular room in every aspect of life, this could be seen as money well spent, providing you can afford to invest, and by opting to use the right specialist company you can guarantee some degree of value for money- irrespective of whether you’re opting for bespoke fixtures or not.