The average kitchen size has almost doubled since the 1920s, and is now the biggest room in the house.
This is probably because we now spend more waking hours in the kitchen than any other room in the home, including the living room! On average, people spend £20,000 on a new kitchen as opposed to only £6,000 on the living room. These days kitchens are not only a place for preparing food but are also used as dining rooms, studies and even the room where families gather for a catch up.
The quality and variety of fresh and exotic foods available to us today has increased and as a result we are increasingly experimenting with ingredients. This means we spend more time in the kitchen using new techniques to get our meals to the higher standards we have become accustomed to. With the added advantage of the internet and recent advancements in induction cookers and fan assisted ovens there really is no limit to what culinary boundaries we can overcome in the kitchen.
Only a century ago homes were built with a small scullery, averaging 65 square feet with little, if any, running water and a wood fired cast iron range. Today kitchens are averaging 121square feet and are complete with built in microwaves, self-cleaning ovens and state of the art sinks and taps to enable us to enjoy this spacious focal point in our homes to the full.