Dreaming of a bigger and better kitchen? Putting your ideas into action can be simple. Follow these simple steps for a successful kitchen extension.
1. Plan your kitchen extension project
Solid planning is the best way to avoid any surprises further down the line, so this should always be your first step. Take time to be clear on what you want from a kitchen extension, and go through the practicalities.
Here are some questions to ask:
- What sort of extension are you considering? Do you want a simple ‘lean-to’ extension which is added on to your existing building, or are you planning to knock through and change the structure of your home? Are you considering a double-storey extension, or are you only extending the ground floor?
- Will you need planning permission, and what other regulations will you need to comply with? For many kitchen extension projects, planning permission isn’t needed, but it’s important to know where you stand.
- How much garden space will you use, and how will this affect your outdoor space?
- What will you do with the extra space in your kitchen? A dining area and a place to cook are standard, but perhaps you could also incorporate a utility room or extra storage.
- Do you want to allow access to your garden through a back or side door?
- How will you handle the disruption to your household during building works? You’ll probably need at least a fridge, a kettle and a microwave elsewhere in your home, for storing and preparing basic meals and drinks.
2. Set a budget
It’s important to have a good idea of typical costs before you start. This will vary depending on the type of extension you’re planning, but as a rule of thumb, it’s sensible to allow around £1,500 per square metre.
- Get quotes from different companies to get the best value possible.
- Take advice from the experts on the most cost-effective ways to achieve your kitchen extension.
- Remember that your budget will also be affected by the fixtures and fittings you choose if you’re opting to redesign your kitchen interior.
3. Choose your design
Think about how you want your new kitchen to look. Take inspiration from magazines, and make a mood board to explore how to achieve the design you want.
Here are some things to think about:
- Your extension may affect the natural light coming into your home. Maximise the light available, using spotlights, reflective surfaces and glass doors.
- Create different zones for separate activities – for example cooking, eating, laundry and relaxing.
- Don’t forget storage! Incorporate solutions that allow you to keep your kitchen tidy and uncluttered.
- Make sure it fits well with the rest of the house. You could incorporate the same colour scheme and flooring in the old and new sections of the home, for a seamless feel.
- Add the finishing touches. Have fun choosing all the small details, like drawer handles, and invest in some new cutlery and crockery to celebrate your brand new space.
Kitchen extensions from Abbey Lofts
At Abbey Lofts, we’ll help you achieve your goals for a more spacious kitchen. Find out more about our kitchen extensions and renovations, and contact us on 0330 108 8833 for a quote.