Prime Aspect For Popular Super-Sized Kitchens In The Country
While a century ago the kitchen was purely a functional area for most households, it is now the most valuable room in the house. A third (31%) of the 2,000 UK homeowners polled in March 2013 spent the most time at home in the kitchen and over half (58%) now entertain friends there instead of the living room. The culling of the empty formal dining room in favour of a more sociable studio-style kitchen/living space has become standard and is also gaining prime position within households – as seen with the introduction of the new ‘super-sized’ kitchens with optimal views over Summer Lake at Watermark, The Cotswolds.
People often refer to the kitchen as the most important room in the house and so Watermark have allocated their new kitchens prime position close to natural light. The large 237 m2/554 ft2 homes have an abundance of light due to the vaulted ceilings and French doors leading out onto a 147 m2/ 1,580 ft2 lakeside deck with clear glazed balustrades maximising views to the picturesque lake.
Jules Miller-Cheevers, Sales & Marketing Director at Watermark in South Cerney says: “We have been listening to our onsite visitors in order to tweak the home design at Watermark to further meet their requirements this springtime. Our owners have told us they love the light spacious open-plan living areas flowing into big (16m2) kitchens in our Grand Hampton homes and so we have re-designed these to provide a new ‘Super Grand Hampton’ home with even bigger kitchen space at 42.5m2.”
To create the new format home Watermark has appointed the expert help of Cheltenham based kitchen and interior designers, L’una Design (www.lunadesign.co.uk). Michele Pemberton, Director of L’una Design says: “A new approach was needed to the layout of the interior space and careful consideration to the use of each zone and it’s interaction to the other was vital. The kitchen, while the main focus of the open plan space, needed to blend with the living areas and so configuration and material selection was very important. To be able to work in such a natural setting with the vision of the lakes literally on the doorstep is a dream and being able to bring the outdoor beauty into the kitchens is simply a bonus.”
L’una Design offers a unique service whereby Watermark owners have the option to design their kitchen spaces making them completely bespoke to suit their needs, whether contemporary, vintage or transitional in style. L’una Design has exclusively selected Italian kitchen brand Pedini and the ‘Magika’ collection available in combinations of warm Thermo-structure woods and satin, glossy or micro. A neutral palette of materials and tones blends seamlessly and draws colour from the natural surroundings. The ‘Boomerang’ kitchen-island from Pedini’s ‘Dune’ collection is a key optional feature; named after its bendy shape, the curved form perfectly re-iterates the movement of the water outside.
As well as the impressive open-plan kitchens, these five bedroom detached New England-style properties all have a private jetty adjacent to the deck for mooring a small boat. Homes feature three en-suite shower rooms, family bathroom and cloakroom and the master bedroom features a private balcony overlooking Summer Lake. The oak flooring throughout and under floor heating comes as standard.
All properties across the lakes are built with eco-friendly features, such as energy efficient heat pumps which provide filtered air heating and cooling to each home, and the houses are constructed using timber sourced from sustainably managed forests. Properties are fully managed and maintained by Watermark’s onsite team, and benefit from 24 hour security.
Situated in the 40 square miles lake area of the Cotswold Water Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty, the homes offer an array of outdoor leisure activities and water sports which are ideal for family entertainment. The market town of Cirencester is just five minutes away and London only an hour and a half by car and one hour and 20 minutes by train direct to Paddington.
The new Super Grand Hampton on Summer Lake is priced at £850,000. At no extra cost, all owners at Watermark have the use of membership to the adjacent Four Pillars Hotel gym and spa and the nearby golf clubs – Wrag Barn and South Cerney.
Britain at Home Report by Lloyds Banking Group
Britain at Home is the second part of a bi-annual report commissioned by Lloyds Bank Insurance, which is designed to build a comprehensive picture of British home life and spending priorities by shining a light on the way we invest in and utilise our homes and gardens. This insight is based on research of 2,000 UK homeowners carried out between February and March 2013.