Over the last few decades, the role of the kitchen has undergone some pretty significant changes. Whereas at one point the kitchen was for cooking and not much else, these days it tends to take on much greater importance, especially for buyers. Indeed, a subpar kitchen can be a serious turn-off for a property on the market, while a superb kitchen can not only impress, but also add to a property's value.
As people in general have become busier and formerly essential rooms have been eased out of the average property, kitchens have taken on new roles, becoming spaces to eat, spend time with family and even entertain guests. As such, the size and layout of kitchens have become much more important, with designers and fitters having to include a lot more than your standard oven, fridge and cabinets.
The changing role of the kitchen has also led to some truly creative home hacks and design ideas, so it can sometimes take a lot to really make a kitchen stand out. With that in mind, here are five beautiful properties on the market in the UK, complete with impressive and beautiful kitchens!
‘The Old Cow Shed’ is a beautiful new build property located a stone’s throw away from the Swansea seaside. The interior is pure rustic bliss, from the warm exposed timbers to the extensive windows and doors that flood the property with natural light.
While the Dawsons listing for the property promises that you will “undoubtedly be impressed”, there is no need to take their word for it: in 2010, the property won Swansea’s Building Excellence Award, the criteria for which include on high quality craftsmanship, technical innovation and the ability to find creative solutions for technical problems.
The kitchen, which is set in the middle of an open-plan ground floor, is brimming with country charm. The hand-crafted shaker units pair wonderfully with the granite worktops, while the amply sized AGA stove is more than enough to get you in the cooking mood.
What we love about this kitchen is just how homely it seems. Everything, from the traditional stove to the ample prep space, just makes you feel ready to get the family together for a big roast meal.
(The Old Cow Shed is on the market for £1,100,000 with Dawsons.)
Going from rural and rustic to meticulously modern, this ‘party house’ would be perfect for any chef who likes to entertain.
Stepping through the entrance hallway of this Essex property, we see a fully stocked kitchen that would make even a professional chef feel at home. The two tone room features a double oven, double fridge freezer and a five ring Bosch gas hob, along with an integrated dishwasher to ease the pain of cleaning up. If you enjoy watching TV or browsing for recipes while you work in the kitchen, there is even a handy screen just above the hob.
This is not a kitchen to enjoy on your own, however. The adjoining ‘breakfast bar’ has more than enough space to seat dinner guests, and is set just underneath a wonderfully stylish roof lantern. Once dinner is over, guests can soak outside in the hot tub, or relax in the games room and bar at the bottom of the garden.
(The property is on the market for £800,000 with Essex Countryside.)
It's always nice when attempts to modernise a home do not end up leaving it devoid of colour. The listing for this Cardiff house claims that is has been "modernised throughout", and while everything looks new and neat, the decor seems to have taken more than a little inspiration from the 1980s!
Still, we're not complaining, especially when it comes to the kitchen. The choice of green for the walls pairs well with the cool grey cabinets and checkered floors, creating a warming ambience that many soulless 'modern' kitchens lack.
Looking around this kitchen, we can also see several hallmarks of a keen chef. Convenient under-counter storage and glass fronted units ensure that everything needed for cooking is close to hand, from ingredients, to utensils, to crockery. The miniature island is also a nice touch, providing a comfortable petite eating area without making the rest of the room seem cramped.
(The property is on the market for £700,000 with Allen & Harris).
When you watch programmes like Great British Bake Off, you have to wonder what it would be like if you could turn your own kitchen exploits into a show.
This Wandsworth property is set across several levels, including a large open plan basement with its own kitchen and shower room. What really draws us in, however, is the main ground floor kitchen. Built as part of a large open-family space, including amply sized living and dining segments, the kitchen is a key component of the property’s main social area.
Despite all the available space, the kitchen is built in a galley style arrangement, with the bulk of the appliances and prep space on one side. Now, there are several reasons to choose a galley kitchen, but what we love about this one is its pairing with the parallel breakfast bar area. You can just imagine a showman of a chef turning around and addressing an audience as they whip up something tasty. They certainly won't find the kitchen itself lacking, either, seeing as it offers a double oven, plenty of easy storage and even a walk-in larder.
(The property is on the market for £5,000,000 with Knight Frank.)
As wonderful as rustic charms are, there is something breathtaking about a fully kitted out modern kitchen.
Take this kitchen in Lancashire, for example: in addition to an amply sized island (complete with its own six ring gas hob), the kitchen features an integrated coffee machine, double oven, grill, steamer, dishwasher and a big beautiful American style fridge/freezer. There’s even a nicely sized screen just opposite the seating area.
The listing for the property brags that no expense has been spared by the current owners in bringing it up to standard. Luckily, having the money to create a modern kitchen did not blind the owners to the basics. Along with top range tech, they also provided ample storage space, along with sturdy granite worktops that will probably outlast the appliances!
(The property is on the market for £990,000 with Oystons.)