Top 5 Things to Consider When Extending a Kitchen

So, you’ve been contemplating remodelling a kitchen but don’t know where to start. Unlike basic refurbishments such as repainting or redecorating, expansion is a more serious pursuit.  And it can be daunting.  But don’t let that stop you from achieving the kitchen of your dreams. Here are five features you need to think about when you’re upscaling your kitchen space.

Light 

Light gives an illusion of extra space, and nothing does this better than sunlight. Before you decide on fixtures or finalize your layout, determine how much natural light will be available in your extension and where it will come in.  Do you need large windows? Where should you position them? Answering these questions will help you know how much artificial light the room needs and where to place them.  More importantly, you will be able to arrange your workspaces efficiently to avoid cramming the area.

Structural Ramifications

We love DYI projects mainly because they are inexpensive.  But when it comes to creating functional designs and choosing appropriate materials, it is best to consult an expert.  Ultimately, hiring a qualified architect or designer is more sustainable and cost-effective.  Professionals, such as qualified residential architects, can give you accurate quotes and ensure that your renovations are compliant with building regulations.  We recommend that you meet with at least three designers so you can compare prices, ideas, and expertise.

Use Space Creatively

An intelligent kitchen design allows you to effortlessly combine cooking, dining, and socializing in one area without feeling stuffed.  How do you maximise space? Know your priorities and get rid of unnecessary embellishments.  Go for bespoke cupboards instead of decors, select multi-purpose furniture (island table that doubles as storage), and be smart with your colour scheme, regardless of whether you are fitting out kitchens in Altrincham or Shoreditch. The space will save you in the long run.  Set up sliding glass doors that lead to outdoor space to make an illusion of one large room.  If you opt for an open-plan layout, utilize a centre island or counter instead of dividers to break to create distinct zones.

How Will the Outside Affect the Inside?

Don’t start knocking down walls until you have studied the exterior of the building. Your kitchen layout will depend on the size and shape of the main house and the outside space. Learn about different types of extensions: single-storey, side-return, or wrap-around.  Synchronize the materials, decors, colours, and overall theme.  If you have a garden, incorporate it into your kitchen extension.  You can install a retracting glass door that provides a view and leads directly outside. Be sure that the kitchen flooring matches your patio, as this creates continuity and harmony, allowing the area to look more spacious. 

Plan Plan Plan

Planning is the key to a successful kitchen expansion.  The more and longer you plan, the better the results.  Do not rely merely on the suggestions and advice of friends and family. Consult with industry experts and kitchen designers.  Be very clear and concise with what you want, but never shut off ideas or hesitate to ask questions.  Remember that your architect needs to understand your lifestyle to create the most suitable design for you.

A crucial part of planning is budgeting.  In addition to expenses on materials, labour, and consultation, allocate money for building regulation costs, finishes, and contingency.  Make sure to stick strictly to your budget by focusing on your plan. Lastly, check if you need to get planning permission. Small extensions that fall within permitted development may not need permission, but large extensions or additions to a flat do.

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