Create the ultimate live-in kitchen

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The modern kitchen is all about having space to cook, eat, entertain, gather as a family and relax. Therefore, the average kitchen project has become so much more than simply upgrading old cabinetry and appliances. The big appeal is for the kitchen and cook to
be part of the action when entertaining and, on a day-to-day basis, for the whole family to be together.

Consider the following:

■ Use cabinetry to create a contained space for the cook, keeping children and guests firmly outside.
■ Position the kitchen to be away from through traffic and with a clear view of the dining area, living zone and garden.
■ Modern finishes are all about using the unusual to add depth, interest and texture, and are designed to blend into a living space.
■ Opt for quiet appliances and good extraction. Create a utility area for washing machines if possible.
■ Keep the sink and dishwasher away from the seating area – no one wants to look at
dirty dishes or listen to a whirring appliance.
■ It makes sense to have cutlery, glassware, wine chillers and coffee makers all accessible from the dining zone.
■ An island can double as a serving area and is a cost-effective way of planning a kitchen.
■ Full-height slide away doors are a good option for making the kitchen disappear from view.

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