Certain properties in the city centre date back to the 13th century, like Stranger’s Hall. There’s examples too of residential homes on the historic Elm Hill being built in the 17th century.
On the coast of east Norfolk, Northgate Street in Great Yarmouth has many 17th century homes.
Gorleston, its southern residential suburb, is the epitome of late Victorian and Edwardian architecture.
Apart from the footprint of homes, the size of gardens have shrunk everywhere as land has become more costly to buy. Yet the kitchen, for example, has grown in size.
The kitchen in Victorian times
In grander Victorian homes, the kitchen was generally vast. It had a pantry and often sleeping and eating quarters for staff. The average Victorian kitchen was still large and filled with ornate furniture like dressers. The Edwardian era saw kitchens shrink slightly as formal dining rooms came into favour. The 1930s saw kitchens reduce further. Those typical pre-war semi detached homes often see single storey extensions appended – largely as the kitchen.
The 1970s saw a return to small kitchens and huge open plan living areas, but ever since, the kitchen has become a place to cook, eat and live.
The kitchen in 2019
Go to any new development and you’ll see this – sofas, tables and fitted kitchens with French doors to the rear garden are the norm.
But if you envy this sort of space that is typical of detached homes on new estates, you don’t have to erect a For Sale board and instruct an estate agency – no, instead, instruct a planning architect like Envision CAD to create a kitchen extension of your dreams.
A modern kitchen area
The kitchen of 2019 is not just a place to cook any more. Many homes are equipped with high speed broadband and satellite TV. These can make the kitchen a place to lounge, watch TV, ask Alexa, Siri or Google questions and to play music through your voice-enabled smart speakers.
It’s a peep hole too to a garden as many kitchens are located at the rear of a property. It should be a place that is awash with natural light in all seasons. One that the whole family can settle in, listen to music, watch TV, drink and eat in.