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    • Andrew Ryan 89
    • By Andrew Ryan 89 10th Oct 16, 11:23 AM
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    Having the kitchen and lounge in the same room
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    • 10th Oct 16, 11:23 AM
    Having the kitchen and lounge in the same room 10th Oct 16 at 11:23 AM
    Does anyone else really hate this? It's a common feature in new build flats and mostly down to the lack of space. However, I recently done a viewing at some new build homes down the road from me. All at least 4 bedrooms and have a garage. Floor space is quite decent but again they the kitchen and lounge are in the same room.

    I just can't understand why anyone would have this. My main gripe is the noise if wife is cooking and I'm watching TV or smells lingering after you have cooked.

    I remember one viewing we done and you could open the oven from the sofa!


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    • Waterlily24
    • By Waterlily24 10th Oct 16, 11:25 AM
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    I really hate that too, kitchens should be separate IMO.
    • Rain Shadow
    • By Rain Shadow 10th Oct 16, 11:30 AM
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    I had a works flat like this in Dublin. I hated it.
    • TeamPlum
    • By TeamPlum 10th Oct 16, 11:34 AM
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    • 10th Oct 16, 11:34 AM

    I just can't understand why anyone would have this. My main gripe is the noise if wife is cooking and I'm watching TV . . .
    Originally posted by Andrew Ryan 89
    Hi. 1953 calling . . .
    • lewishardwick
    • By lewishardwick 10th Oct 16, 11:49 AM
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    The developers are selling a lifestyle. The glossy brochure showing someone cooking while a (small) group of friends are nearby, chatting, drinking wine all having a wonderful time!

    Then 5 minutes after all is finished in the kitchen, the group are constantly !!!!ed off with the noise of the dishwasher (if you're lucky enough to have room for one!) and the smell of the pots and pans left to be washed up.

    Basically they've gained an extra few square meters per flat, just enough to squeeze another one bed onto each floor to sell at an over-inflated price.

    Also, if you're in a city centre, there's the argument many people don't cook at home often so there's no need for a separate kitchen.
    • EssexExile
    • By EssexExile 10th Oct 16, 12:00 PM
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    • 10th Oct 16, 12:00 PM
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    • 10th Oct 16, 12:00 PM
    I quite like the all-in-one living space, of course it helps if it's a big space & you have the quietest appliances & a utility room for the washer & dryer.
    Tall, dark & handsome. Well two out of three ain't bad.
    • giraffe69
    • By giraffe69 10th Oct 16, 12:20 PM
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    My main gripe is the noise if wife is cooking and I'm watching TV or smells lingering after you have cooked.
    what's her view as and when you cook?
    • phil24_7
    • By phil24_7 10th Oct 16, 12:35 PM
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    Friends of mine have an open plan downstairs and it looks and feels really nice. I don't think I could have it though as I like a nice cosy lounge.
    • scottishblondie
    • By scottishblondie 10th Oct 16, 12:41 PM
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    I would love to have a big open plan kitchen/diner/living space for entertaining in. However, I would also want another living area as well
    • Grenage
    • By Grenage 10th Oct 16, 12:47 PM
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    There are benefits to having the living-room and kitchen open, but I prefer having a living room that's closed off to the rest of the house; I'm big on compartmentalisation - I like the living-room to be a sectioned-off place to relax. Kitchen-diners I like.

    If I had kids, I might like the option of using the kitchen while keeping an eye on the sods.
    • glasgowdan
    • By glasgowdan 10th Oct 16, 12:52 PM
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    Yawn to the people suggesting that your wife cooking belongs in 1953... whatever, she tends to cook, he tends not to, who are you all to judge? Everyone is different.

    My opinion of open plan is that I like it, but I would also like a separate cosy lounge from the open kitchen/dining room. The kitchen really is the centre of a house and having space for guests or family to stand/sit and chat/drink/play while one or two others are cooking is wonderful.

    what's her view as and when you cook?
    YAWN

    Hi. 1953 calling . . .
    YAWN
    • Grenage
    • By Grenage 10th Oct 16, 12:56 PM
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    Yawn to the people suggesting that your wife cooking belongs in 1953... whatever, she tends to cook, he tends not to, who are you all to judge? Everyone is different.
    Originally posted by glasgowdan
    Shut up, Dan. Shouldn't you be repairing a car, chopping down a tree, or off hunting in the woods for dinner?
    • elsien
    • By elsien 10th Oct 16, 12:57 PM
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    I am a messy person. It can take me some time to get around to washing up - I need a door to close on it all so that visitors aren't sussing out what a dirty mare I am.
    Plus I hate people watching me cook. You can't drop something then give it a quick rinse under the tap when guests are watching.
    Separate areas for me all the way.
    All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.

    Pedant alert - it's could have, not could of.
    • glasgowdan
    • By glasgowdan 10th Oct 16, 1:08 PM
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    Shut up, Dan. Shouldn't you be repairing a car, chopping down a tree, or off hunting in the woods for dinner?
    Originally posted by Grenage
    Random post of the day. Have a medal.

    Haven't you got some anti-equality pro-feminism website to be spouting off on instead of here? Why are some people so sensitive to anyone suggesting something as evil as a wife who, at a given time of day, happens to be cooking while the husband watches tv? Two people tend to get in the way of cooking, and if the husband's cooking is awful...logic dictates the wife does it. I am the cook in my house and never once think it's old fashioned/modern/sexually equal or imbalanced. It's just cooking.

    It doesn't make them luddites. There's only one of those on here that I can see.
    • TeamPlum
    • By TeamPlum 10th Oct 16, 1:15 PM
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    Yawn to the people suggesting that your wife cooking belongs in 1953... whatever, she tends to cook, he tends not to, who are you all to judge? Everyone is different.
    Originally posted by glasgowdan
    Yes- what a lucky woman she is, husband providing for her.

    • rach_k
    • By rach_k 10th Oct 16, 1:37 PM
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    It's just personal preference. I like separate rooms so I can disappear into the kitchen and cook/bake in peace, plus smells and mess are contained. A friend's home is open plan but she socialises as she cooks and is much tidier than me!

    If space is tight, it makes sense to have it open plan as you can spill out of one room as needed. When we lived in a flat, the kitchen was open plan but in a separate area if that makes sense - you could have had a wall and door across to separate it but that would have taken up valuable space.
    • thebigstillmeister
    • By thebigstillmeister 10th Oct 16, 2:10 PM
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    A few years back when I was looking to get on the property ladder with my now wife, we were looking at new build apartments in our area, all but one that we looked at had the kitchen in the same room as the lounge, we couldn't understand why anyone would want this either and was the main reason we purchased the apartment with the seperate kitchen, even though it was a tiny kitchen that when opening the door you'd knock out anyone who was currently in there,... but atleast you could shut away the cooking smells and dirty pans,
    • the_r_sole
    • By the_r_sole 10th Oct 16, 2:46 PM
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    I'm just in the middle of a renovation and have opened up the living room to make a huge kitchen/dining/sitting room...
    I do have a separate utility which has the washer/dryer and dishwasher, plus another sink for hiding dirty dishes if we have people over.
    Works for us and makes the house much more saleable given the house had a tiny kitchen before, makes the room fell much bigger too as you can see out of both sides (and an end) of the house.

    Developers do it because people buy it, simple as that. Their sales stats will show exactly what they need to built to maximise their profits, and building one less wall and door doesn't sound like much of a saving but over a whole development it works out not too bad a saving!
    • Grenage
    • By Grenage 10th Oct 16, 3:23 PM
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    Haven't you got some anti-equality pro-feminism website to be spouting off on instead of here? Why are some people so sensitive to anyone suggesting something as evil as a wife who, at a given time of day, happens to be cooking while the husband watches tv? Two people tend to get in the way of cooking, and if the husband's cooking is awful...logic dictates the wife does it. I am the cook in my house and never once think it's old fashioned/modern/sexually equal or imbalanced. It's just cooking
    Originally posted by glasgowdan
    ...

    I was having a lark stereotyping sexes in response to the previous posters; hence the wink, and the like of your previous post. Like I give a rats !!! about being PC.
    • glasgowdan
    • By glasgowdan 10th Oct 16, 3:53 PM
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    Didn't pick up on that!
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