The rise of the super kitchen

by Laura

The kitchen has become the most important room in the home and we’re spending more on them than ever before.

What’s the first thing you would look at if you were buying a new home? Would it be the shape of the bedrooms, the decor in the lounge, the amenities in the bathroom? Or would it be the size of the kitchen?

Today the kitchen has become the most important room in the home – a place no longer reserved for cooking, but also for eating and socialising. Indeed, many are now open plan and run into our dining areas and even our lounges.

Our obsession with kitchens was demonstrated quite clearly this week when London’s Marazzi Design unveiled what it believed to be the world’s most expensive kitchen at the 100% Design show at Earl’s Court.

With a £300,000 price tag it’s costlier than the average UK home, thanks to its numerous luxury features, which include 24-carat gold leaf, Venetian glass, glitter lacquered worktops, Swarovski crystal lights and crocodile embossed leather.

Sounds hideous doesn’t it? Well, it is actually. And you’d be hard pressed to find anyone with enough money or lack of taste to actually buy it, which is lucky, since they’re only making ten of them in total.

But regardless of how tacky it is, creator Paul Marazzi’s inspiration for creating his dream kitchen isn’t that different from our own.

“I feel a kitchen should have a soul and presence, transforming the room into an emotional experience, a celebration of family life and convivial living, transcending the kitchen into the heart and soul of the home,” he explained.

Isn’t this what we all want from our kitchens when we hanker after gleaming work surfaces, breakfast bars, centre islands and American style fridges?

According to a recent study by Magnet, we spend more time in our kitchens than we do in our lounges, so it makes sense that we’d want to invest a little more time and money into embellishing them.

That’s exactly what we’ve done. The survey showed that we spend an average of £19,000 on our kitchens, including appliances and furniture, compared to £6,000 on our lounges.

So, given that the average UK home now costs £166,256, according to Nationwide, then £300,000 probably wouldn’t be an outrageous amount to spend on a kitchen if you had a £3 million property!

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