Hearts of Homes In Kitchens Around The World – Pakistan

Kitchens may differ drastically around the world, but their role as the center of a home is universal. Whether makeshift or filled with modern appliances, kitchens are a space for family bonding, holiday traditions and child rearing.

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A family makes chapati sprinkled with apricot oil in their home in Pakistan’s Hunza region. Meals are an important family get together for the Hunza people.

Photograph by Matthieu Paley, National Geographic

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Hearts of Homes In Kitchens Around The World – Inuit

Kitchens may differ drastically around the world, but their role as the center of a home is universal. Whether makeshift or filled with modern appliances, kitchens are a space for family bonding, holiday traditions and child rearing.

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 Inuit Dinner

Dina Ignatiussen prepares game birds in her kitchen sink in Isortoq, Greenland. The small Inuit settlement has a population of just 64.

Photograph by Matthieu Paley, National Geographic

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Hearts of Homes In Kitchens Around The World – Surinam

Kitchens may differ drastically around the world, but their role as the center of a home is universal. Whether makeshift or filled with modern appliances, kitchens are a space for family bonding, holiday traditions and child rearing.

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Family Recipe

A woman watches as her granddaughter prepares a traditional Surinamese cake in the kitchen of a retirement home in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Photograph by Gerd Ludwig, National Geographic

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Hearts of Homes In Kitchens Around The World – Syria

Kitchens may differ drastically around the world, but their role as the center of a home is universal. Whether makeshift or filled with modern appliances, kitchens are a space for family bonding, holiday traditions and child rearing.

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A four-year-old boy prays for his father, who was kidnapped by jihadists in Iraq, in this 2008 photo. Like many Arab Christians, this boy and his family were driven from their home in Iraq and relocated to Syria.

Photograph by Ed Kashi, National Geographic

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Hearts of Homes In Kitchens Around The World – So Africa

Kitchens may differ drastically around the world, but their role as the center of a home is universal. Whether makeshift or filled with modern appliances, kitchens are a space for family bonding, holiday traditions and child rearing.

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A Transkei family cooks and eats on the floor in this 1977 National Geographic photo. Created in 1959 under apartheid, Transkei was an unofficial republic of South Africa where millions of Xhosa-speaking blacks were forced to live.

Photograph by James P. Blair, National Geographic

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Hearts of Homes In Kitchens Around The World – China

Kitchens may differ drastically around the world, but their role as the center of a home is universal. Whether makeshift or filled with modern appliances, kitchens are a space for family bonding, holiday traditions and child rearing.

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Uygurs, a Muslim ethnic minority in China’s Xinjiang region, make mutton pies in a restaurant kitchen.

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The Top 10 Features for New Homes

The outdoor kitchen and two-story foyers are starting to lose favor among new home shoppers, while energy efficiency and bigger closets are gaining in popularity, according to a new survey from the National Association of Home Builders. NAHB asked builders to rank home features from 1 to 5 on how likely they were to include them this year in single-family homes they build this year.

An increased interest in energy efficiency is decreasing interest in two-story foyers and rooms, Rose Quint, NAHB’s assistant vice president for survey research, told MarketWatch. “Consumers consider those spaces to be energy inefficient,” she says.

Here are some of the least likely features that builders say they will include in new homes this year:

  1. Outdoor kitchen (cooking, refrigeration, and sink)
  2. Laminate countertops in kitchen
  3. Outdoor fireplace
  4. Sunroom
  5. Two-story family room
  6. Media room
  7. Two-story foyer
  8. Walking/jogging trails in community
  9. Whirlpool in master bathroom
  10. Carpeting as flooring on main level

On the other hand, these home features, builders say, are most likely to be included in a new home this year:

  1. Walk-in closet in master bedroom
  2. Laundry room
  3. Low-e windows
  4. Guest room (kitchen-family-room-living room)
  5. Energy-star rated appliances
  6. 9-foot ceiling or more on first floor
  7. Energy-star rated windows
  8. Programmable thermostat
  9. Two-car garage
  10. Granite countertop in kitchen

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