THE 30 MUST-HAVES IN BRITS’ DREAM KITCHENS

Western Morning News (Saturday) - - West Country Homes -

The av­er­age dream kitchen would in­clude a free­stand­ing is­land, a smart dish­washer and a flat screen TV to watch while do­ing the wash­ing up, ac­cord­ing to the na­tion’s home­own­ers.

One third of the 2,000 house­proud Brits who were polled said they would love a break­fast bar, while sleek pull-out cab­i­nets are a must for 41 per cent.

It also emerged the min­i­mal­ist look is one which ap­peals to many, with a fur­ther three in 10 want­ing a slide and hide oven, and 18 per cent are han­ker­ing af­ter a pop-up cooker hood. One in four would also love a spe­cial­ist wine fridge, a third want heated floor­ing to toast their toes and 49 per cent would just like more nat­u­ral light.

Mike Lavers, cat­e­gory man­ager for kitchens at B&Q, which car­ried out the study, said: “The kitchen is the heart of the home for mil­lions so it makes sense that there is a strong de­sire to make it the dream space, whether that’s with an ultra-mod­ern look, tra­di­tional coun­try style or hand­crafted wood ef­fect.

“How­ever, we’ve found peo­ple are over­es­ti­mat­ing the cost and don’t re­alise it is more af­ford­able than they think – es­pe­cially with ev­ery­day low prices, which we con­sis­tently of­fer cus­tomers.”

The study also found 40 per cent of re­spon­dents would make sure their dream kitchen had a dou­ble sink, and stylish gran­ite work­tops are the ma­te­rial of choice for most peo­ple.

How­ever, 75 per cent ad­mit­ted they don’t cur­rently have their ‘dream kitchen’, with more peo­ple day­dream­ing about the per­fect kitchen than the per­fect bed­room.

Twice as many peo­ple want a mod­ern kitchen than a tra­di­tional, ‘coun­try’ style space.

The av­er­age Brit’s per­fect kitchen would also have white walls, be the same size as the ad­join­ing din­ing room, and have stylish tiles cov­er­ing the floor. Half of home­own­ers agreed the kitchen is the heart of their home, and one in three have plans to do some kitchen up­grades in the near fu­ture.

And when it comes to kitchen inspiration, three in 10 get their inspiration from the in­ter­net, a quar­ter from home im­prove­ment TV shows, and 29 per cent from walk­ing around kitchen shops.

And when it comes to mak­ing big de­ci­sions two thirds of Brits have a good idea of how they’d want their new space to look.

One in four peo­ple (27 per cent) say it has been over ten years since their kitchen has been up­dated, sug­gest­ing there are many kitchens wait­ing for some love.

In fact, 28 per cent of re­spon­dents ad­mit go­ing into their cur­rent drab kitchen ac­tively makes them feel ‘sad,’ ac­cord­ing to the re­search con­ducted through OnePoll.com.

WISH­LIST

1. A free­stand­ing is­land

2. Pull out cab­i­nets

3. A dou­ble sink

4. Un­der-cabi­net light­ing

5. View of the coun­try­side out of the ‘wash­ing up win­dow‘ 6. Smart dish­washer

7. Smart wash­ing ma­chine 8. Built-in fridge

9. Pa­tio doors open­ing out onto the back gar­den

10. Break­fast bar

11. Heated floor­ing

12. Tap that dis­penses boil­ing water in­stantly 13. Gran­ite work­tops

14. Sleek ‘slide and hide’ oven 15. Fancy cof­fee ma­chine

16. Flat screen TV on the wall 17. Wine fridge

18. Smart oven

19. Smart wash­ing ma­chine 20. Plate-warm­ing drawer

21. Chunky taps 22. Mar­ble coun­ter­top

23. Sky­light

24. Waste dis­posal unit in the sink 25. Aga cooker

26. A pop-up cooker hood

27. Pen­dant light­ing

28. A cook­book shelf

29. Touch-ac­ti­vated taps

30. Built in speak­ers

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