Why the kitchen is the heart of the home
July 16, 2019
The kitchen has long been known as the heart of the home. Nowadays, it’s often considered the most important room in the house as it’s evolved from a purely functional space to a central hub.
Many homebuyers view the kitchen as make or break when it comes to making a purchase, so it’s vital to ensure the kitchen in your development stands out from the competition.
The kitchen has changed significantly over the years. Gone are the days when the kitchen was solely the woman’s domain and used purely for cooking. Today’s kitchen is often the most used room in the house and has transformed into a multi-purpose space to cook, entertain and relax with family and friends.
Many kitchens include smart technology to provide the ultimate home entertainment, with the latest apps connected to popular music services with surround sound music systems. Another popular feature is a wall-mounted TV screen which can be swivelled or tilted to provide a home cinema experience.
Ultimately, the space should be comfortable with a range of seating options to accommodate everyone. Stylish bar stools can easily be tucked away when not in use, benches provide both seating and storage, while sofas provide the ultimate in comfort and relaxation.
Whether the kitchen is large or small, an effective layout makes all the difference to a multi-functional space. Open plan spaces make excellent social kitchens with ample room for everyone to enjoy.
A great option is a central island. These multi-purpose features can be used for food preparation, cooking, dining and entertaining, as well as providing extra storage space. They also add a focal point and inject character into the design.
If space allows, a study area can be built into an alcove with a sliding door to conceal when not in use. This feature gives a dedicated area for work which should be kept away from the main walkway to minimise interruptions when working.
First impressions count
When viewing properties, buyers often head to the kitchen as one of the priority rooms, so it should make an immediate impact. Regardless of the style, whether it’s contemporary or traditional, it needs to look great and create a welcoming atmosphere.
A kitchen often sets the tone for the rest of the home, so should be stylish, flooded with light and maximise the available space. For open plan living, a neutral colour palette throughout creates a seamless flow into the other areas.
At Chalk Kitchens we recognise the importance in creating a stylish, multi-purpose kitchen with instant appeal. Contact the team and discuss how we can create a memorable impression for all the right reasons with your development.