Delightful DiningPublished on 23rd October 2014
Once upon a time, dining in your kitchen was considered a little… common. It was something done by the – ahem – lower classes, and no ‘civilised’ person would ever consider it. Why have meals hot on the plate, when you could have a servant walk four miles from the kitchen and serve you something delightfully tepid? Even Queen Victoria rethought the layout of her residences as she was sick of eating cold, congealed foods.
Now that we no longer have servants to blight our views, the kitchen-diner has become one of the most popular features of the 20th and 21st century home. It’s space-saving, convenient, attractive, and can add serious value to your home. It comes with one caveat though; if you’re going to do it, you need to do it right!
Four Considerations when Creating a Kitchen-Diner
- Space – The two main options for creating a kitchen-diner are 1) extending your existing kitchen, or 2) building a brand new room to accommodate your new vision. The choice will invariably be influenced by both the available space, and your budget. Try to balance the space available – you don’t want to tarnish the enjoyment of your new extension with regret over the loss of your garden. A few square feet can make a big impact in both directions.
- Design –Although your kitchen should suit you, it’s important that it is as functional as it is attractive, and that it can also work for future occupants, so keep the basics in mind before you begin; work out where you’re going to place key items; cooker; sink; fridge; freezer; dishwasher; then add features around them.
- Practicalities – Wherever you build your kitchen-diner, and however you design it, one thing is for certain; it will need to be connected to water and electricity supplies, if not gas. The most cost-effective means of doing this is to site your main appliances where they were originally connected, then design the rest of the space.
- Lighting – One of the advantages of open plan design is that natural light is never sacrificed. As we’re becoming more eco-conscious, and also more aware of the benefits of natural light to our physical and emotional health, large windows, doors and overhead glazing are becoming increasingly popular, which is why Apropos conservatories and orangeries make such good kitchen extensions. If your new kitchen-diner is not heavily over-looked, consider incorporating Apropos folding-sliding doors, which allow you to make the most of garden views and sunshine, all the year round, and provides the option of easy outdoor dining in finer weather.
Creating a kitchen-diner is a big investment of time and effort, as well as money, so it’s important that you can get exactly what you need and want from the project.