The History of Kitchens

It is safe to say that kitchen aesthetics have changed considerably over the years and the features that were once considered a fundamental necessity during the 70’s are nowhere to be seen in 2019. Here at PS Contracts, we believe that looking back at old-fashioned interiors can help homeowners visualise their ideal aesthetic which is why we have decided to go over the design history of kitchens. Read on to find out more…

The Origins

During ancient times, we would carry out our cooking on open fires that were located outside the home as the smoke generated by indoor fires was too much of a health risk. Luckily, the development of the early masonry chimney improved this and from the middle ages until the 16th century, people would often cook their food in a metal cauldron that hung above a fire, which was also their main source of light and heat.


The 18th century introduced more functional kitchens as economic trends and politics were able to influence the design of the room. As a result, wood-fuelled stoves were implemented inside most households in order to reduce labour and give people more time to work and carry out household chores. In fact, the earliest household kitchen stove is thought to be the Castrol Stove from 1735. Over the years, technology and design influenced stove types which allowed metal stoves and the use of gas to overtake the Castrol Strove by the 1920’s.

Post-World War 2

After the second world war, manufacturing advancements had a considerable impact on the design of the kitchen as the demand for technology increased. In fact, many homeowners decided to implement a cleaner and more organised approach to kitchen design. The 60’s and 70’s saw the kitchen become a room for entertaining which means that aesthetics became an integral part of a refurbishment and by the 1980’s, many British kitchens sported an open plan design.

Contemporary Aesthetics

Thanks to further advancements in technology, modern kitchens place a lot of emphasis on time-saving, health and energy-efficiency. In addition to this, we take aesthetics incredibly seriously as the kitchen is the ‘heart of the home’ and a popular placed for hosting guests which means that homeowners take great pride in its design.

Here at PS Contracts, we try our best in order to bring our clients vision to life when it comes to their kitchen refurbishment. After all, not every homeowner wants to incorporate modern features like smooth edges and sleek countertops that look great in garden rooms, and it is our mission to ensure that the finished product captures that preference. To find out more information about the history of kitchens, get in contact with a member of the PS Contracts team today!

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