In our daily work, we, at Antony Architectural Stone, work on many kitchen remodeling projects. It is very interesting to see how each kitchen design is different and reflects in part the personality of who lives in it. Lately, we have been noticing the disappearance of dining rooms from most of the houses that we work on, and a question came up ... what is the most important room in our homes?
I think it is the kitchen!
In the past, the kitchen was the place where grandmothers and mothers would spend most of the time cooking, making sure a hot homemade meal was ready for when the 'men' would come home from work. Many women would be slaving over a stove, working tirelessly over countertops, preparing delicious, filling and nutritious dishes that the family enjoyed and savored together. My parents used to tell me that when they were children, it was usual to visit relatives and extended family, and when they would enter their house, they were encouraged in the kitchen to watch the art of cooking, and sometime also to take a bite of a still warm piece of bread with some homemade marmalade, and help in preparing a meal together. The atmosphere of the room was always filled with dynamism and energy creating true lifetime memories.
Now days even if modern time has changed our lifestyle, the kitchen still remains the room where everything happens, from the start of our day with breakfast till the end of it with dinner time. The kitchen has gained more authority in the house design, and in fact it is not anymore a small closed room accessible only to family and close friends, but in the newest house layout, it is an open room that, for most of the times, includes a dining table and also a separated sitting area where to relax. This new design allows the whole family to hang out together while cooking, working or just relaxing.
Being in contact with many builders, architects, and designers, we are able to have a lot of information on the latest kitchen design and functionality, and it is interesting to visualize on a practical end how the sector is evolving. Kitchen appliances, from refrigerators to dishwashers and ovens are constantly changing, and new concepts and styles emerge into the marketplace every year. Kitchens are becoming more environment friendly, and are incorporating 'greener' products, cutting down on manmade ones. And this is also why natural stone never goes out of style; in fact it continues to be widely used in the kitchen design for countertops, bar tops, islands, and backsplashes. The newest trends are showing natural stone uses also as home décor where specific designs are engraved, and the effect that results from each design creates a natural light and shadow contrast, which brings out the beauty of the stone, and creates a one of a kind ambiance.
The kitchen is definitely one of the important rooms of an house, but can we say it is the most important? or that it is the heart of your home?