The kitchen dining living room is the key space in the modern home. These three spaces, often separate in older homes (and a surprising amount of new ones) form the contemporary heart of the home. Often, through clever reconfiguration alone, these key spaces can be happily married to create a sociable family home. All of our kitchen dining living rooms are designed to maximise the infiltration of natural daylight and create a seamless transition into the fourth (and often forgotten) space: the garden. When your home is designed to connect with your private outdoor space, the need for extensions often becomes redundant. Your home will feel so much bigger, simply through the removal of walls. Dedicated outdoor living spaces, framed in a simple overhead structure, such as a pergola (as demonstrated above) can provide a sense of intimacy, enclosure and connection at a much lower cost than adding an extension.
Kitchens are no longer just for cooking. The kitchen is the heart of the modern home. Socialising around the island or peninsular breakfast bar is favoured by many over sitting in the lounge. A well-designed kitchen is functional as well as sociable, with enough space for guests and little helpers to join in with the prep.
Formal dining is a rarity in many modern homes. However, by providing informal dining within an open-plan kitchen dining living space, families spend more time dining and socialising together. The modern dining space also acts as a homework desk, a craft table and an occasional work-from-home space.
Retiring to the lounge in a modern home, often just means taking a seat on the sofa within the central hub of the home: the kitchen dining living room. Modern families generally prefer to retain a separate lounge, in addition to the open-plan lounge or family room, but it is the sociable lounge that gets used the most.