Are Keeping Rooms A "New" Kitchen Trend?

When Professional Remodeler Magazine asked us to comment about the trend of fireplaces in the kitchen, our minds immediately went to keeping rooms: http://bit.ly/Uq4Ioz
Keeping rooms date back to colonial times when families would gather close to the kitchen fireplace to keep warm. Nowadays the kitchen is still the heart of the home and often the hub of all activities. Children and parents alike still want a place to gather close to the kitchen, but without children or guest under-feet while the household chefs are cooking!Traditionally these rooms would have brick or stone floors, but now we see wood floors more often with area rugs to soften the space.
Keeping rooms tend to have a positive influence on a home's resale value and buyer appeal. Do you have a keeping room? Show us: http://www.facebook.com/AKHomeRenovations
apartmentherapy.com shows a keeping room example http://blog.akatlanta.com/2012/11/kitchen-fireplaces-keeping-rooms.html
How about this keeping room fireplace? http://blog.akatlanta.com/2012/11/kitchen-fireplaces-keeping-rooms.html
This new construction home by Triad Homes has a fantastic keeping room off the open kitchen! http://blog.akatlanta.com/2012/11/kitchen-fireplaces-keeping-rooms.html

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