The Kitchen

The size of kitchens in medium and large size terrace houses has  steadily decreased.

The kitchen through recent history has developed in use,  equipment and scale.  In the past, these kitchen  areas were associated with the sculleries, pantries, cooking areas, cellars and  laundry rooms as well as servants’ quarters.   After World War 2 they started to be replaced by a servant-less house  and the size of the kitchen reduced accordingly 11,18. This trend  has continued to modern housing with significant reductions in storage and  bench space in the kitchen and the development of ‘open’ kitchens that are  incorporated into the lounge or dining room.

The decreasing kitchen size has also  coincided with changing technology and  especially the ever increasing ‘white goods’ associated with the kitchen19 behaviour.