The Modern Kitchen – Still The Centre Of Everything

Food is essential to our survival and a pivotal part of every culture. Sharing our meals with others is an opportunity to bond, to share stories, pass on family history and make those vital connections between family and friends that enrich our lives. To be invited to someone’s home for a meal is a privilege that is not offered to everyone and therefore should not be taken for granted.

Table Manners – Will They Survive Our Electronic Generation?

There are as many different customs around eating as there are different cultures, and an action that is acceptable in one country can be taken as an affront in another, as many unwitting travellers have found. Table manners were considered as essential learning in past generations, and it remains to be seen if this will survive our current preference for electronic devices at meal times instead of talking to our companions.

Traditional Dinners Every Night Now A Rarity

That being said, we still consider the kitchen to be the heart of every home. It is the one place where everyone in the family usually congregates at some part of the day, even if it is only for a few minutes. With individual family members often heading off in different directions to work, school, university and other places they need to be, the traditional dinner together at the end of every day is now a rarity.

Busy Families Still Make An Effort

However, we know from discussions with our clients that busy families are still aware of the importance of eating together regularly. They make an effort to sit down around the table at least a couple of nights a week. When working with clients to design their Craftbuilt Kitchens we take the time to understand these needs so we can design a kitchen that suits their lifestyle.

New Kitchens – Sleek, Uncluttered and Welcoming

Modern kitchens need to be easy to keep clean, functional, have all the required appliances within easy reach and, at the same time, look sensational. We consider everything in the build, including the cabinetry and bench top finishes, the type and colour of the splash backs and any matching accessories. The overall look that most of our clients want is one that is sleek and uncluttered, but that it also conveys warmth that is welcoming.

Belonging – The Heart of The Home

Whether the kitchen is large enough for an “eat-in” space, or compact with a breakfast bar, clients want a dedicated eating area where they can gather together to discuss the events of the day over a meal. They want the delicious aroma of food cooking and the clink of plates and glasses, as well as a hum of conversation, laughter and, above all, those feelings of love and belonging that are the heart of the home.

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