The kitchen is no longer just a kitchen - it can also be a study, media room, games and entertainment space, as well as somewhere to cook, eat and entertain. The growing trend for more multi-functional spaces, now goes beyond the desire for just the open plan living of an extended kitchen, dining area and family room combined.
The way that we now live is very different to even the way we lived just a few years ago. The fast pace of developing technology - Wi-Fi, the development of more mobile independent devices and the way we choose to access and view our entertainment, have all contributed to the changes in how we use the space in our homes.
One of our projects incorporated a media centre into the kitchen design (see header image above), which also had a sitting area as well as a dining area. Our client Jo Bowler commented on how this single, larger space and the various design features that Mark, our Beau-Port Head Designer, incorporated into the kitchen, have actually enhanced the quality of life for herself and her family, bringing them closer together. She reported that they now communicate and connect more because they all gather and spend most of their time in this new space.
“Mark’s initial designs were amazing, he understood exactly what I wanted and it was great to see the 3D designs and his great attention to every detail. He has created a kitchen that is the heart of the home and where everyone could relax and enjoy the space together. It has really changed the way we live. The family gathers around the central island and my children are spending more time with me and together, rather than in their respective bedrooms,” said Jo Bowler.
Another one of our clients, Christine Boot, just loves to linger in her kitchen with her husband after a long day at work and commented: “At night we switch the main LED ceiling lights off and just have the lights over the breakfast bar and the concealed lighting under the counter and the ‘Floating’ shelves. It creates a really cosy atmosphere and we often end up spending the whole evening in the kitchen just chatting and playing on our iPads.”