Three quarters admit they do not have their ‘dream kitchen’ in new survey

The average “dream kitchen” would include a freestanding island, a smart dishwasher and a flat screen TV to watch while doing the washing up, according to a new survey.

One third of the 2,000 people polled said they would love a breakfast bar and sleek pull-out cabinets were a must for 41 per cent.

It also emerged the minimalist look appealed to many, with a further three in 10 wanting a slide and hide oven, while 18 per cent were hankering after a pop-up cooker hood.

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One in four said they would also love a specialist wine fridge, a third wanted heated flooring and 49 per cent wanted more natural light.

“The kitchen is the heart of the home for millions so it makes sense that there is a strong desire to

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London’s award-winning side return extension: Victorian terrace transformed with a glass garden room, Japanese plunge pool and copper kitchen

Staying within your comfort zone is all very well, but when it comes to architecture, courage can work wonders. When a London couple in their thirties decided to upgrade their garden flat in Hackney, it also won them an award.

Their one-bedroom ground-floor home in an early Victorian terrace had an original brick dog leg at the back, creating a fairly useless side return, while the garden was shared with the maisonette upstairs.

The dog leg space contained the couple’s cramped kitchen, at the end of which was a rubbish bathroom that hogged the south-facing best bit of the flat, with just a small window to the garden. What a waste all this was.

The upstairs owners decided to move, but wanted to sell with a separate, rather than a shared, garden. The owners of both flats agreed to build an external stair, and the garden was divided. The ground-floor

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