A bright and open plan kitchen is one of the most desirable things that house buyers look for, and one of the most popular types of house extension. This can be built as a single-storey extension or as a taller extension with a double-height or vaulted ceiling if you want something with a little more impact.
Designing Your Perfect Kitchen
Kitchen extensions can be built as either rear or rear and side extensions, depending on what area you have available and how much additional space you would like to create. In both instances, you will need to remove the existing external wall and make structural changes to maintain the integrity of your home while opening up additional space. Many home owners also choose to add skylights or bi-fold doors to their kitchens to bring in as much light as possible.
When designing your kitchen extension, it’s important to consider how you will use the space to make sure the design and ultimate build fits your family’s needs:
- Will the kitchen be used for eating and entertaining as well as cooking?
- Do you want to interact with the living space while cooking, or would you prefer the two areas to be fairly separate?
- Do you want living space attached to the kitchen?
- If you have young children, do you want a play area nearby to watch them while cooking?
- Would you like a larder or utility room as well as the main kitchen?
- Would you like an additional bathroom nearby?
- Do you want the extension to blend in with the rest of your home or stand out with modern lines and materials?
Once you have decided on these factors, you can start considering the kitchen layout itself, including the ‘magic triangle’ and the amount of space dedicated to food preparation and storage vs. dining and living areas. In many open plan kitchen extensions, only a minority of the space is actually dedicated to cooking.
How Much Does a Kitchen Extension Cost?
A standard house extension costs in the region of £1,200-£1,500 per metre squared (plus VAT). However, kitchens are typically more expensive because they require the kitchen to be fitted and they need more plumbing work than adding a bedroom or extending a standard living room. If you would like special features such as bi-fold doors, higher ceilings, and a lot of tiling, this will increase the price further. The final amount depends on the finish, whether you require planning permission, and how much of the work you are doing via a contractor vs. yourself. You can usually expect to add at least £10,000 to the cost per square metre to have your kitchen fitted and finished.
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