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Step 8: The heart of the home

29 June 2014

The installation of the kitchen is a great step forward in seeing how your home is evolving internally. Everyone knows the heart of every house is the kitchen, and at this point you will be able to see yours.

By now your home build is steam rolling ahead with the installation of the kitchen underway.

For many Kiwis the kitchen is one of the most important spaces in a new home. Gone are the days when a kitchen was one room with one purpose – it’s now a functional space in which families can relax, cook, interact, entertain and eat.

International design trends clearly favour the open-plan kitchen design with more than 50 percent of British homeowners choosing this modern layout for seamless integration between living spaces. It’s a popular choice for many of Generation Homes’ customers who have embraced the open-plan living and dinning area trend wholeheartedly.

According to the National Association of Home Builders, kitchens will continue to evolve in New Zealand as the concept of creating a “great room” catches on. This concept will see the kitchen merge with the family and living room.

Double sinks, recessed lighting, ample table space, a breakfast bar and pull-out drawers are some of the key kitchen features topping homeowner wish lists.

Walk-in pantries are also in hot demand, as functionality and practicality make this cost effective kitchen addition a hard-to–refuse option. Cooking shows such as MasterChef have increased our natural desire to entertain friends and family in the home and this has increased the demand for walk-in pantries.

Walk-in pantries are designed to be a storage haven for all of the big, bulky cooking appliances and pantry goods, ensuring they are out of sight to declutter the kitchen and preserve order in the home’s main living areas. More often than not, homeowners want storage and functionality, but without the additional costs associated with a scullery.

The average dimensions of walk-in pantries are 2m x 1.4m and usually feature open shelving, ample draw space and a bench area with additional shelving for storing dry food.

However if cost is not a factor, sculleries are a perfect option for those wanting to conceal food preparation. A good sized scullery comes in around the 3m x 2m mark but if more space is available (around 3m x 3m), installing a double bench top can dramatically improve practicality.

Generation Homes’ strong partnerships with local suppliers means customers have access to the latest fixtures and fittings, high-tech storage systems, durable benchtops and quality appliances. If you want help crafting your dream kitchen, talk to us to find out how we can easily customise your plan to suit your needs, budget and lifestyle. Best of all there’s no design fee.