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When did all kitchens in London/property mags start looking like this?

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AsparagusFern Sun 02-Aug-15 13:13:58

I'm a bit slow so bear with me but do all kitchens now suddenly seem to look like this?

Huge knocked through kitchen, velux windows, bifold doors, kitchen island.

Nothing wrong with the look - I just suddenly realised that they seem to be everywhere.

I guess there does also seem to be a slight conformity to the look though, too. Just musing. Slow Sunday

AsparagusFern Sun 02-Aug-15 13:15:19

Sorry - it's pic 3 in the link.

Also - this is another 'this house is so immaculate, do we think somebody actually lives there'.

mrsdavidbowie Sun 02-Aug-15 13:17:44

Mine is a bit like that but no island.

mrsdavidbowie Sun 02-Aug-15 13:18:10

Did it 10 years ago

museumum Sun 02-Aug-15 13:18:19

I'm not an architect but I think many aspects are to do with trying to fit a modern extension onto that period of property while getting light in and not looking too incongruous.
I'm sure some architects can think of a more original way to do it but most folk can't afford original architects or design and go for "proven" solutions.
They are a bit "everywhere" in London but then so is that style of house (and they mostly need extended for how people want to live these days.

KetchupIsNearlyAVegetable Sun 02-Aug-15 13:20:15

It works really well for the constraints of those houses, of which there are many. What do you think would be better?

Belleview Sun 02-Aug-15 13:21:22

That's a not very nice kitchen, IMO. Looks like an office.

It started happening more than ten years ago, now it's ubiquitous and tiresome.

TheOriginalWinkly Sun 02-Aug-15 13:22:08

1.75 million shock <faints>

AsparagusFern Sun 02-Aug-15 13:28:26

I know Original!

Yes, I guess I'm just thinking it's starting to look a bit samey, but I'm not an architect and couldn't tell you what alternatives might be.

lovingmatleave Sun 02-Aug-15 13:35:58

Have just had that style done including everything mentioned apart from an island, (on much smaller budget and not in London), all I can say is it the best decision we made. I really don't care if it an old style now or conforms to so many others. And tiresome??? not if you are living in it. So much more light, feeling of space and openness, more socialable. Totally changed the way we live together. Our family (4 of us) can now sit down together at a big table to eat instead of one of us standing as our old kitchen was too small. Moving too expensive, not many other options to get what we wanted.

As musuemum says it is now a proven solution to a standard house type hence why it is so popular.

Belleview Sun 02-Aug-15 13:41:18

What I find tiresome is the blocky featurelessness, the lack of interest.

The practical living solution side of extensions and big French doors works beautifully and of course is not and cannot be tiresome.

The design decision to paint everything Drear and hide all signs of life behind a monolithic frontage is , to me, tiresome.

I'm not a fan of huge open plan rooms, though.

wafflyversatile Sun 02-Aug-15 13:44:27

It's the fashion. Same with bathrooms all having those massive creamy tiles.

PigletJohn Sun 02-Aug-15 14:16:28

the dining table and chairs are to grand to share a room with the cooker and sink.

AsparagusFern Sun 02-Aug-15 14:23:46

I can see it's sociable but you can create sociable spaces without the blocky featurelessness (I agree with BelleView about that).

I guess I'm just wondering that, if it is just a fashion, will there come a time when we regret making such huge alterations to the inside (and back) of period houses?

NotCitrus Sun 02-Aug-15 14:56:34

There's not much alternative if you want more space at the back of a typical house - though we went for French doors and no bifolds mainly as bifolds would show how small our garden is!

Most people want easy-to-clean surfaces in their kitchen, ie not much out on display and all behind doors, so not that much difference between 80s varnished pine, 90s pale wood or 00s high gloss and 10s painted wood plus granite.

Going open-plan all through, I think people will regret, but a kitchen-diner will keep most people happy.

pinechesterdrawers Sun 02-Aug-15 15:05:12

I think people just need more space and the look of cube/ non fussy is just a contemporary trend.

A couple of friends bought victorian/1930s in our university town within the last 10 years and the previous owners removed so much: fireplaces/doors/mouldings etc. The only thing that makes it period os the exterior.

The house you linked to looks stunning. I think it looks very easy to live in and a calm, beautiful palette. That said, it needs some house plants!!!

It wouldnt be £1.7 million in my area, more like £700k.

WantaHouseintheWoods Sun 02-Aug-15 15:11:22

Yes, loads of those around here too.

Bit like living in a warehouse I think... confused

scarletforya Sun 02-Aug-15 15:18:28

Agree with you Belleview it's ugly, characterless, corporate and boring.

Bland and disappointing. Can't believe they've done that to what looks like quite a pleasant house inside.

AsparagusFern Sun 02-Aug-15 15:19:28

I love the bathroom in that house. And yes the palette is very restful, though the bedrooms did make me wonder if this was just a very high end renovation and no-one lives there yet! (With no attic, I'm wondering where they've hidden all their stuff!)

With a slightly less fancy interior that house would be between £200-£250k where I live (oop North!).

Bonsoir Sun 02-Aug-15 15:20:43

That look is ubiquitous, I agree, and just awful - so soulless.

scarletforya Sun 02-Aug-15 15:21:13

Looks quite pleasant from the *outside. Inside is a grey box.

AsparagusFern Sun 02-Aug-15 15:23:30

Scarlet my feeling when I see these extensions is a bit kind of 'Oh, another one'. Not wishing to be rude, honestly, but it feels a bit Keeping up with the Jones to me.

I guess I just hanker after a bit more diversity, character?

Bonsoir Sun 02-Aug-15 15:23:35

When I was young, "modern box" was a disparaging term for houses on modern developments. Nowadays original features are swept away to make everything look like a "modern box" sad

NewLife4Me Sun 02-Aug-15 15:27:30

I think its horrible. All those knocked through all big rooms look shit too.
Who wants to entertain in a kitchen/ diner? It also looks too sterile.
I like lots of rooms where you can shut the door and have peace and quiet grin

DocHollywood Sun 02-Aug-15 15:29:19

Bog standard looking house from the outside but extremely spacious feel on the inside. I don't like that style of kitchen but it wouldn't put me off buying, although I expect you pay more for it. Round here probably looking at £600k for the same. However, looking at the school checker, what a situation to be in! Only likely to get a catholic school state option, the rest unlikely even within a mile of so many schools! Now THAT would put me off!

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