You may say, “Cooking, of course!” But the evidence shows that kitchens in today’s homes are becoming more the activity and socializing center of the home.
People are requesting computer work stations in the kitchen area and recharging spaces for electronic devices.
Kitchen islands are desired for their facilitating family activities while meals are being prepared. Children can do homework there, conversations can continue without interrupting meal prep, dinner and cleaning up; all done in the same space.
In other words, the kitchen has become the most important room in the house. Opening up the kitchen to the dining area and living room just makes the kitchen work better as the focal point of the home.