Kitchen extension

Building Kitchen Extension

there are many ways in which you can make the maximum use of the small kitchen, you may be thinking about building an extended kitchen to get the space you want. Extending your kitchen kitchen not only provides more options for cooking but it can also provide an space for dining &relaxing. Some extensions will have doors opening onto the balcony or garden which brings the outside atmosphere in, it simply create a more flexible space for the whole family to enjoy.

Explore through

There are various options to explore for achieving more kitchen space before building a kitchen extension. The simplest and cheapest is to put up a stud partition wall between the kitchen and dining room to create kitchen-living room. Many people prefer this open style of living to having a separate formal dining room and you’ll need to consult a structural engineer to ensure that the dividing wall isn't load bearing. If it is, you can install a rolled steel joist, which will act as a support instead of the wall, but this will bring more disruption and additional cost.

Adding on

If your kitchen is adjacent to terrace, filling in the side return can transform what was an awkward galley into a wider, brighter kitchen that could be large enough to include a dining area or living space. A glazed roof over the side return or a series of skylights will allow more natural light to flood in.

Extending out

If there is adequate room on your plot and you have the finances, adding a large extension onto your home is possibly the best way to create ample space to plan your perfect kitchen. Adding characteristics such as decorative doors leading onto the garden is a wonderful way to bring the outside in and in the summer, it will provide the perfect dining experience, whatever the weather! Try to stay in keeping with the period and style of your property.

Planning permission

Whatever the extent of the renovation you are thinking about, you should always get permission from your local planning body. Planning regulations can vary considerably from region to region so don’t assume that just because an extension may have been acceptable in a previous property in a different area, that the same rules will apply to where you live now.

Practical points

Always start by setting yourself a realistic budget and make sure you have a emergency fund in place for any unexpected costs. If you are knocking through or adding on, look at the services available within the room - these are the electrics, plumbing, drains and gas connections. If they need to be moved, is this possible and affordable? When it comes to the new layout, work out what you love and, more importantly, make sure about the issues faced in the existing kitchen , these issues are addressed and improved in the new design.

Island life

Once you have a bigger space at your disposal, try to include an island into your new kitchen design. These multifunctional units can be used for all sorts of things, from providing additional prep space to incorporating a sink and hob on top with oven, dishwasher, wine cabinet and fridge drawers below. They are also great for casual dining with a set of bar stools and ideal for entertaining, as you can cook and chat with guests at the same time.

Light fantastic

Lighting is a key consideration and is something that can make a huge difference to the overall ambience of a kitchen renovation. Take time to assess the amount of natural light that comes into the area you are looking to extend into at different times of the day. This will not only impact on how much and where artificial lighting is required, but also how the kitchen is laid out. For instance, you may wish to position the dining table or main workspace where the most natural light comes in.

Long-term gain

A kitchen extension is a major investment, so ask yourself what you want to achieve with the new space. When, how often and what will the renovated kitchen will be used for? These are all key questions, as your new space must deliver in terms of what is demanded from it. Don’t just look at what’s required right now, but also think about future-proofing the interior and consider the changing dynamics of your family and whether your home life will be dramatically different in five or ten years time. You may need somewhere for young children to play now but in years to come you will also need somewhere for them to do their homework and relax with friends.

And finally...

There are many things to consider when planning a kitchen extension but the most important is to try to have fun with the process, don’t get stressed at the little things and improve what’s already in place.