The kitchen is no longer just a kitchen – it can also be a study, media room, games and entertainment space, as well as somewhere to cook, eat and entertain. The growing trend for more multi-functional spaces, now goes beyond the desire for just the open plan living of an extended kitchen, dining area and family room combined.
The way that we now live is very different to even the way we lived just a few years ago. The fast pace of developing technology – Wi-Fi, the development of more mobile independent devices and the way we choose to access and view our entertainment, have all contributed to the changes in how we use the space in our homes.
One of our projects incorporated a media centre into the kitchen design (see header image above), which also had a sitting area as well as a dining area. Our client Jo Bowler commented on how this single, larger space and the various design features that Mark, our Beau-Port Head Designer, incorporated into the kitchen, have actually enhanced the quality of life for herself and her family, bringing them closer together. She reported that they now communicate and connect more because they all gather and spend most of their time in this new space.
“Mark’s initial designs were amazing, he understood exactly what I wanted and it was great to see the 3D designs and his great attention to every detail. He has created a kitchen that is the heart of the home and where everyone could relax and enjoy the space together. It has really changed the way we live. The family gathers around the central island and my children are spending more time with me and together, rather than in their respective bedrooms,” said Jo Bowler.
Another one of our clients, Christine Boot, just loves to linger in her kitchen with her husband after a long day at work and commented: “At night we switch the main LED ceiling lights off and just have the lights over the breakfast bar and the concealed lighting under the counter and the ‘Floating’ shelves. It creates a really cosy atmosphere and we often end up spending the whole evening in the kitchen just chatting and playing on our iPads.”
In a recent TV interview Kevin Spacey commented: “All the best, character led drama is now on TV not film.” There is now a huge choice available to TV viewers and a larger number of ways to access this choice – smart phone, tablet, laptop, Netflix or streaming through their widescreen HD TV.
The benefit of this modern technology is that everyone can still be in the same room, sharing the same space while watching whatever they want to watch independently. Or viewing the things they all enjoy watching together on their widescreen HD TV in their media centres. The choice of sports available during the later stages of the World Cup also included the British Formula One at Silverstone, the start of the Tour De France from Yorkshire and the Wimbledon Men’s Final, all on at the same time. But the latest technology can at least help to save the family arguments about who gets to see their favourite programme or sports event.
With their new Beau-Port media centre the Bowler family now also enjoy watching TV and films together in their new open plan, multi-functional space designed by Mark.