It is interesting that many houses in Durban North/ Umhlanga area were built with kitchens that were very separate from the rest of the house.
This is because of a very conservative view that the wife, who was the only one working in the kitchen, should prepare the food in a space that no one could see. How Times have changed!
Not to mention the fact that some guys are also getting their hands dirty in the kitchen nowadays, the kitchen has actually become a very social place.
Most people actually use the kitchen as the main hub or starting point for their social gatherings and like to prepare the food while their guests are watching, before moving to other areas to actually eat.
Open plan kitchens are also good for a social family, or even just a mother that wants to keep an eye on the kids while she is busy doing some baking.
Whatever your needs and whoever cooks your meals, be it man or wife, open plan kitchens are here to stay.
Remember that updating or changing your kitchen will also add huge value to your house and will usually be the deal clincher or breaker as to someone wanting to buy your house at a higher price or not.