Having a kitchen that is well-designed and functional is pivotal to any household. Not only does it make preparing food and keeping the family happy easier, but it can also increase the value of your home. It can be hard to keep on top of things in a small kitchen.
More and more people are opting to stay where they are in these tough economic times and contacting home extension firms Pronto Builders. Making changes and improvements to their current living space is more popular than ever, and a kitchen extension can make a huge difference to your home. It’s a lot more affordable than moving home, and it gives you the versatility to design the kitchen space how you’d like.
With that in mind, here are some tips to help you extend your kitchen and make the most of the space.
Have a Clear Purpose
The kitchen can be so much more than just simply a place to store food and cook. Having a larger space to work with opens a lot of options to make your kitchen a lot more functional, here are some ideas:
- Having a kitchen-diner. If you don’t have a separate dining area in your home, after extending your kitchen have a kitchen-diner. Add a table and chairs, it works well preparing and serving food in the same room. Make some relaxing space. When you have more room to work with you can add a comfortable sofa, or a large chair. The kitchen can be somewhere you go to get some quiet time.- Lead outside onto decking. When you are extending the room, see if the plans lend themselves to having some patio doors leading into the garden. Cooking food and eating in the garden in the summer in an enjoyable experience.
When thinking through any of these ideas it’s important you plan well ahead of time. If you are going to have an extension you can’t start making changes when the work is in progress. If you are planning to use the space to add a dining room or a relaxing area as mentioned above, think about adding doors or a divider so you can keep the separate rooms when needed.
Kitchen extensions are investments and do cost a fair amount of money. So think ahead too, will your plans still be relevant in the future?
Layout of the Kitchen
It’s easy to get distracted with the planning of decorating and kitting out your new kitchen. But the planning of the layout is the most important part. You need to take into account your whole house, think what kind of extension will work well and look natural. Think about where you will put all of the large appliances, you need to take into account plumbing, drainage, and power points.
Once you have the plans set in stone and you’re confident it’s functional, you can move on to the interior design part.
Kitchens need good ventilation. Cooking generates a lot of steam, and sometimes smoke for those who occasionally burn their food! It’s a safety hazard if the ventilation is not effective, not to mention it’ll make the kitchen unpleasant to be in if it’s stuffy.
There are certain standards set by UK building regulations you’ll need to be aware of. But think about installing an extractor fan and adding windows that contain vents.
Always use Professionals
We have all heard about various nightmare stories regarding cowboy builders. While I’m not trying to scare you, you should always choose builders or companies carefully before committing to using them to carry out an extension.
I would only recommend someone attempts to do the extension themselves if they are experienced and qualified in building extensions. It’s not a DIY project that the average person can carry out. If it goes wrong, it can go horribly wrong very fast and cost you more in the long run.
How much does a kitchen extension cost?
As with any building work, it’s hard to answer this question. Every extension is different and requires a changing amount of materials and man-hours. As a rough guide, you’ll need to budget several thousand pounds. Make an enquiry with a local builder if you want to start getting a rough estimate.