It is astonishing how much the design of kitchens has changed in recent years. Traditionally kitchens were one of the largest rooms in the house. Not only did all cooking occur in traditional kitchens, people ate socialised and even slept in the kitchen. The abundance of central heating in homes is a relatively new thing and before that happened the kitchen stove made the kitchen the hottest room in the house. Then over the last century or so the kitchen became a far less prominent room in the house. Another common trend in modern houses was to make the kitchen smaller and smaller, so at times the room seems almost impractical for its primary purpose, cooking.
Fortunately there has been another change in style and large traditional kitchens are once again becoming a deeply desirable addition to a home. Many people think that the inspiration for the new popularity of these kitchens comes from the lovely farmhouse kitchens that we see in brochures. After building small kitchens for many years we have a problem now that people want large, spacious kitchens. Where does that space come from?
In most cases the only way that this can be achieved is by spending the money necessary to build an extension, this also requires planning permission. The perfect solution though is extending the kitchen by building lean to conservatories instead. What a wonderful option, to allow your kitchen to open out into a lovely dining space in a conservatory, it could easily double the size as well as creating a lovely room. For practical reasons it is better to use the conservatory for dining and to keep the cooking inside the house.
There are several good reasons why lean to conservatories are used in this sort of extension, although any orangery or conservatory would work well for this. If price is a factor lean to conservatories can be a great option as their simple design makes them cheaper than many other styles. There is another practical reason. The design of a lean to means that the whole room is close to the wall of the house and it makes it much easier to get electricity to anywhere you need to in the room.
If you want to create an utterly unique kitchen then using a conservatory to extend it is the way forward, especially considering the cost savings. I love al fresco meals in the summer. A conservatory kitchen means that you can not only get the outdoor feeling all year round, you dont even have to leave your kitchen to do it.