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Designing the perfect kitchen

Architect Julian Owen unveils how to create a culinary zone that’s tailored to your needs
The brushed finish on the Puresteel worktop by Franke (www.franke.com) gives it texture and creates a warmer feel than regular stainless steel
The combination of a high gloss finish, limited colour palette and grey floor tiles gives this Napoli design by Optiplan Kitchens (www.optiplankitchens.co.uk) a sophisticated feel. The worktops blend perfectly with the cabinets, keeping lines clean and modern

The way in which we use the kitchen is changing. It used to be a place for mess and frantic behindthe- scenes activity to produce meals served in a calm dining room that’s set apart. But the rise of open-plan living has led to the culinary zone as a separate room is disappearing from our homes.

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Build It is Britain’s longest running self build magazine. Each issue is packed full of inspirational and informative readers’ homes, as well as expert advice on issues from budgets and planning to project management and design. This month: - Build It's Self Build Education House - Cladding a timber frame home - Renovating a bungalow - Myth buster: Renewable Tech