The Australian kitchen evolution

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The Australian home has experienced countless evolutions over the years reflecting changes in our social and cultural values.

In particular the kitchen has experienced radical changes, not only has the design of this room changed but it is becoming increasingly popular to have two separate kitchen spaces.

Rivergum Homes Design Director, John Eckert, said during his 35 years in the industry he had witnessed a drastic transformation in the design of the Australian kitchen.


It’s becoming more popular for some homes to have two kitchens, one for show and one for go
John Eckert

“The kitchen for show is where guests are entertained, or parties are hosted, whereas the kitchen for go is where all the food is prepared, and the dirty dishes are kept.

“Homeowners are increasingly compromising on dining room or living room space to allow for extra area in the kitchen.

“Trends such as these, demonstrate the evolution of our homes as entertainment spaces and how Australians are becoming increasingly conscious of designs that support this desire.”

A recent study found that in the last 50 years the average kitchen has increased from 6.5 sqm to 13.9 sqm.

Mr Eckert said the kitchen has undoubtedly gained more functions – as an office, a meeting place for the family, a space to engage with the children and an area to entertain.

“This shift has allowed the kitchen to gravitate away from single-person use to a more collaborative setting, this room is very much woven into the social facets of our lives,” John says.

“If you look at the kitchen, and how it has evolved during our lifetime, in the post war era the kitchen was a separate room, a hidden area.

“Over time the dining table was relocated to the kitchen, so families could dine in that room, which ultimately lead to the dining room expanding into the living room, allowing families to watch TV all whilst interacting with those in the kitchen or dining area.

These changes have echoed from countless lifestyle adaptations throughout generations, a result of how we respond to and interact with the rooms in our homes.

Want to see some examples of a kitchen for show and a kitchen for go? Check out the 3D tours of our homes.

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