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.