Living in the Kitchen

The kitchen has always been the heart of the home, but the kitchen has evolved. Originally simply a place to store and cook food over time the kitchen became larger and more inclusive, allowing more people to gather and enjoy the process of cooking and eating. Where possible houses adapted themselves to suit larger kitchens so as to accommodate central islands, peninsular units with breakfast bars, freestanding tables with bench seating all in a quest to be more social spaces.

Today that approach is still being developed and open plan living is very much in vogue. Where possible kitchens and dining rooms are joined together, rear and side return extensions are built to create fully open plan spaces. Spaces to not only store and cook food with room for tables and breakfast bars but also sofas, bookcases, desk areas and additional living furniture for multimedia systems.

Murray Designs understands this development and offers design ideas to help integrate all areas of the extended kitchen to form one complete space which truly is the heart of the home.