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Colchester, Essex, United Kingdom, 2011/06/15 - Recently Davonport, a handmade kitchen design and manufacturing company, has noticed an increased demand for designing open plan kitchens in the UK, due to the additional features and benefits they can provide for families in day to day life..
With open plan kitchens becoming an increasingly popular choice in homes across the UK, Davonport has seen a growing demand to design and manufacture kitchens that not only function as a place to prepare meals, but also somewhere that is suitable for eating and socialising in too.
Richard Davonport, Managing Director at Davonport said: “Open plan kitchens are becoming increasingly popular as families need multi-purpose spaces to give them flexibility. We are seeing these spaces being used as breakfast rooms, media rooms, studies, dining rooms and family rooms. Due to the increased need for more functionality from the one room, we are finding that custom built kitchens are in huge demand as they are the only real way to meet this criteria. Here at Davonport we are being asked to help homeowners maximise the space and use of their kitchens and to also ensure that there is a seamless feel between all parts.”
Families are constantly being bombarded with information and studies proving that it is important to communicate as a family and spend time together such as at meal times. An open plan kitchens allows families the ability to do numerous different activities within the same room whether together or separately, so it is not surprising that they are here to stay - particularly in households with growing children and busy parents. Preparing meals, watching television, surfing the net, chatting to friends, doing homework, paying the bills, relaxing with a magazine and chatting with friends are now all activities that happily co-exist within a well-executed open plan kitchen.
A recent study has shown that the addition of a new kitchen can increase the value of a property by an average of £5,617*, which shows that getting the design right can not only improve your family life but also increase the value of your home. However the addition of a truly bespoke, well-executed design will add considerably more.
Richard Davonport continued: “When designing a kitchen we always think about the overall theme of the room; whether it be a traditional farmhouse kitchen, period Georgian kitchen or more modern minimalistic room. We always try to match the kitchen style with the client’s existing furniture. We often use simple, light paint tones in open plan kitchens as they enhance the proportions of the room: darker colours or more detailed wall papers would detract from the overall feel and ambiance of the new space.”
“Practical considerations are even more important within an open plan kitchen as we need to think about how the activities taking place within the room can work together in harmony. For instance the need for a good extractor over the oven so that smells do not permeate the whole room is very important. Another key concern is to ensure easy access to the cupboards and other essential areas of the kitchen such as refrigeration, preparation and cooking zones” concluded Davonport.
*According to a study carried out by HSBC