Kitchen design has undergone a radical transformation in recent years. No longer created solely for the preparation and serving of food, kitchens have been opened and merged with other rooms, particularly the living space.
Typically, one vast space now incorporates the kitchen, the meals area and an informal living space, with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a deck and back garden.
Open plan kitchens are preferred by designers and homeowners alike for lots of reasons including that they are spacious, are often bathed in natural light and the person cooking is not shut away and socially isolated in a separate room as in days of old.
Families particularly love open plan because it means the person cooking can monitor children who are doing homework or watching television in the living space or keep an eye on backyard activities.