It is astonishing how much the design of kitchens has changed in recent years. Traditionally kitchens were one of the largest rooms in the house. Not only did all cooking occur in traditional kitchens, but people also ate socialized and even slept in the kitchen.
The abundance of central heating in homes is a relatively new thing and before that happened the kitchen stove made the kitchen the hottest room in the house. Then over the last century or so the kitchen became a far less prominent room in the house.
Another common trend in modern houses was to make the kitchen smaller and smaller, so at times the room seems almost impractical for its primary purpose, cooking. Fortunately, there has been another change in style and large traditional kitchens are once again becoming a deeply desirable addition to a home.
Many people think that the inspiration for the new popularity of these kitchens comes from the lovely farmhouse kitchens that we see in brochures. After building small kitchens for many years we have a problem now that people want large, spacious kitchens. Where does that space come from? In most cases the only way that this can be achieved is by spending the money necessary to build an extension, this also requires planning permission.
The perfect solution though is extending the kitchen by building lean-to conservatories instead. What a wonderful option, to allow your kitchen to open out into a lovely dining space in a conservatory, it could easily double the size as well as creating a lovely room. For practical reasons, it is better to use the conservatory for dining and to keep the cooking inside the house.