As homeowners increasingly look to improve rather than move, given the current climate in the housing market, sector commentator Lucy Alexander looks at the fast-paced world of kitchen trends.
Writing in the online pages of the Times, she notes that it is the widely-held belief of estate agents that kitchens and bathrooms are the spaces that benefit most from improvements.
In news that may be of interest to people thinking of investing in a kitchen extension, she notes that must-have gadgets in such spaces now include temperature-controlled wine coolers, as well as ice-makers and coffee machines.
Sector commentator John Stefanidis also suggests that a separate dining room is also a benefit, noting that it allows homeowners to decide whether they dine in a formal or more relaxed environment.
Meanwhile, online resource 999Today noted in recent days that kitchens are among the best spaces for people refurbishing a home to invest money.