For those lucky property owners planning a home extension, one of the most popular ideas is to extend the existing kitchen or even build a new one. Whatever the reasons for designing your new kitchen, it’s important to make the best use of the space and create the perfect design for your needs.
Here are 5 of our top tips for designing your new kitchen extension.
1. Design the layout first
Sit down with your builder who will hopefully have an in-house designer who can help you plan the best kitchen for your extended space. The design should incorporate everything you want, from kitchen units to appliances. Once you’ve nailed the layout, you can then think about decorative options, fixture styles (e.g. sinks, worktops, splashbacks) and finishing touches.
2. Don’t forget about function
While you want your home extension to look great, don’t forget about enhancing its functionality too. An extension should improve your living space, so think about how you can make the existing design better. Are you craving open plan living? Do you need more utility space? You may even want the kitchen to be the hub of family life with features such an island and dining area. It is the same process when designing a loft extension, you need to consider the end-use and how you want the space to work.
3. Create seamless access
House extensions are usually to the rear or side of a property, so it’s important to consider how you will be entering your kitchen and how it connects with the outdoors. By planning the layout well, you should be able to achieve a seamless flow, even if this means redesigning some of the internal walls to link rooms better or create an open plan area. The extension should feel fully part of the home rather than an add-on. This also means choosing the right positioning and type of external door leading to your garden that’s both practical and fits in with the overall design.
4. Plan the lighting well
When you extend your home, you don’t want the extra space to look smaller by failing to plan how both natural and artificial lighting will fall around your new kitchen area. Aspects to think about include windows, cooking zones and dining area, without sacrificing huge amounts of wall space if adding in large glazing elements. You should also consider whether the extension will be south facing and where natural light will fall depending on the time of day.
5. Involve a specialist as early as possible
If you use a builder who specialises in home extensions, they’ll often have the full in-house expertise to help you plan the project. This includes professional designers, architects and builders who can help you stick to a budget, navigate any planning permission required, comply with build regulations and help you find the best layout for the look and function you want for the space. By using a specialist, it removes the hassle of liaising between various trades and eliminates time wasted on plans which won’t work in reality and can help you achieve your deadlines.
Want to design your new kitchen extension?
If you live in Sussex, London or Surrey locations such as Chipstead, Fulham or Kensington, speak to our friendly team at Tiger Building Services. We offer expert advice and services for the design, planning and installation of high quality home extensions. Contact us for your free consultation and quotation now.