Kitchen extensions are one of the most popular building projects for homeowners.
There are several varieties of the kitchen extension. From combining adjoining rooms to re-building the kitchen. Or from adding a conservatory to building down into the basement.
Creating A Thoughtful Kitchen Extension Layout
A lot of kitchen extensions are now open-plan and extend into the back garden. They can often take inspiration from orangeries.
Extending to the side can also be beneficial when you want to keep your garden space.
One kitchen extension idea is to utilise storage space. Large, tall cupboards can create plenty of useable storage. Open shelving systems ensure the items you most often use are to hand when you need them – ideal for family homes.
Extending Into The Outside
Expansive glass doors and skylights can help to fill the space with natural light. Thus, bringing the outside indoors.
Kitchen extensions benefit from losing a wall and installing glass panels or doors. Sliding or bi-folding doors can open the space to unite the two areas in summer and allow plenty of natural light in winter.
A seamless flow into the garden can prevent a small kitchen from feeling enclosed. Instead, the kitchen extension feels open and airy.
Mixing Materials In Your Kitchen Extension
Leaving bricks exposed on the inside will give your extension character and warmth. Irregularity of colour and texture will pick up other tones throughout the room too.
Splashes of colour to the furnishings and even to the wall can lift the kitchen extension too.
As an alternative, you could unify with a theme. Another kitchen extension idea is to use a single material throughout to keep an open feel. For example, wood works well in a country kitchen. A breakfast bar, seating area and dining space can all incorporate and unite the scheme.
Creating A Multi-Purpose Space
More and more people are now living, dining and working from their kitchens. The open-plan kitchen is the epicentre for modern living in new builds and period homes.
You could create distinct and separate zones for cooking, dining and relaxing. Use a central island to divide the room, or add a breakfast bar to make the space more social. Kitchens can have colour-coded areas to reflect the multi-function of the living space.
Kitchen extensions can cost a lot of money and take time, thought and consideration. Yet, they have the potential to transform your home. They can boost your floorspace and have the potential to increase your home’s value. After all, kitchens are the heart of our home.