UberEats and Kitchen Design

 
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If there's something New Zealanders love to do, it is to eat delicious food in the comfort of our own homes – judging by UberEats’ statistics for 2018.

Launched in New Zealand in March last year, UberEats now operates in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin, Tauranga and Hamilton – and thousands of Kiwis use the service each month.

UberEats’ data from 2018 shows that one Auckland diner ordered 438 meals through the service over the year and that Kiwis have a diverse palate, with one customer ordering food from 109 different restaurants.

With home delivery services having such a big impact on consumers, is the need for full-scale kitchens still a necessity or are consumers streamlining their culinary requirements?

Australian developer, Capital Alliance, was quick to notice the increase in consumers ordering-in instead of cooking and decided to offer a choice of two kitchen designs at their Melbourne apartment development.

The first option named ‘The Docklands’, was designed with storage space for home cooks. The second option, ‘The Melbourne’ was a more streamlined kitchen with an extension to its island bench and more open space to suit those who order-in. As a result, more than 70% of buyers chose the order-in option.

The more streamlined option, equally as stylish, had the same calibre benchtops and appliances but had less storage for kitchen utensils. The developer stating that microwaves are on the decline and people are opting for Zip taps over kettles.

Apartment building is booming in Auckland, with 2700 new units rising in the city this year and a further 3300 under construction due to be completed next year. These figures are well up on the 1650 units completed last year.

Aaron Cook, Barfoot & Thompson, Auckland City, says: “Although more and more prospective apartment buyers say they don’t cook, we’re not yet seeing any dramatic changes in the design of apartment kitchens. That’s not to say we won’t in the future.”

Scott Dunn of City Sales agrees: “Stylish kitchens still sell apartments, especially in large apartment developments like the Hereford Residence. Many current buyers are owner occupiers, compared to in the nineties when ‘shoebox’ apartments were popular for investors.”

Dunn goes on to say: “Where the parents of our millennials would never have given up on the quarter acre dream, millennials themselves want the convenience of inner-city apartment living and the dining/order-in options available in the CBD. However, the apartment needs to be the 'whole package’ which includes an elegant kitchen.”

It appears that although Kiwis are embracing a growing menu of home delivery dining options, we are still very much attached to the aesthetics of our kitchens and for now, at least, it will remain ‘the heart of the home’.

 
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