A new kitchen extension … things to consider

Posted on: November 4th, 2015

When planning a new kitchen extension, there are so many things to consider. Over the years I have worked with many people on varying project to create the spaces they hope for. The following images are all from some of the projects I have designed. I hope they give inspiration and help you to consider all aspects of the design.

The main areas I believe you need to consider are: the space you have currently and how you use it, budget, the additional space needed (including whether a utility room is required) and the design of the actual layout.

To begin, you need to analyse the space you currently have, how you use it and where it can be improved. Then consider if additional space is needed. Think about where it is needed to maximise the use of the space. Work out your actual budget and include a contingency sum of at least 10%. Then the design can begin. Working with a fully qualified Architect with lots of experience, can be of great benefit, providing you with ideas you may not have thought about.

 

During this stage lots of things need to be considered, including light, which can have a dramatic effect on the overall feel of the design. Natural light on the work surfaces makes a dramatic difference.

 

The location of the actual units and appliances is also key to the practical working of the kitchen. As well as the consideration of the location of the sockets,switched spurs, gas supply, water supply and wastes.

 

The physical space needed, particularly if you have a growing family, with space to sit and eat and socialise.

 

The overall design and look of the space, whether it is a fitted kitchen or a bespoke units or a combination of both.

 

The view of the extension from the rear of the property and the extent of the development into the garden.

 

The decoration and use of artificial light in the space on the completion of the works.

Chandeliers on the raked ceiling transform the light in the space

Chandeliers on the raked ceiling transform the light in the space

 

If a utility room is included it must work functionally and be light filled.

Interior of Utility Room

Interior of Utility Room

 

Once all of these items have been considered the design will be brought together and the necessary consents obtained from the local authority, quotations obtained from contractors and then the work can commence on site. It is essential to consider as much as possible during the design stage to prevent rushed decisions or costly mistakes on site.