24 Aug 2017

Bigger And Better - The Kitchen Extension Guide


They say it’s the heart of the home. Yet the kitchen can also be one of the smallest rooms in the house. Many people knock down interior walls to generate an open plan space. This gives the illusion of more space. Unfortunately, it rarely gives the kitchen that extra dimension to make it more practical and functional. One way to get the kitchen of your dreams is to extend it beyond your current walls.


Plan It
A kitchen extension takes a lot of planning, and it can take more than a year to complete. The first thing you need to do is step outside of your home, and see where you have the room to extend that part of your house. If you’re not sure what to look for, ask a builder to come and quote a few ideas for you. Services like gas pipes and drainage aren’t always easy to move. Your builder will factor these things in.




Access

Before you get excited enough to start planning the interior layout and design of your kitchen, there are several more checks to complete. The first is access. Your builder might have expressed some concerns here already. Heavy equipment for earthworks needs space to get into your garden and maneuver. You might need special permission from the council to allow access over pedestrian areas.




Checks

The second concern is the disturbance of wildlife. In the UK, starlings often nest in houses. During their nesting period, it is illegal to disturb them. This usually ends by early summer. However, bats in your property can roost in the house and outbuildings all year round. They are protected and must not be disturbed. It can be a good idea to ask a Chartered Surveyor to check for bats before works begin. You don’t want your project abandoned once it has begun!


Draw It

An architect can draw up the full plans for your new kitchen on your behalf. They often detail the natural light and ventilation available. An architect can also include the dimensions and position of your key appliances like the oven and sink. From there, you can start to build up the rest of your layout and consider the style of your interior. Time to go shopping!




Budget It

The extension itself might be quite expensive, and your budget for the kitchen itself might be quite small. There is still a lot you can do though. Select worktops and cupboard doors that fit your style choices. Gloss white is still really popular, and worktops come in a range of different materials. Granite is particularly attractive but tends to cost much more. Floor and wall tiles might be your priority right now.



How much can you do yourself? The painting can be done before or after the units are fitted, but be aware the finish might be scuffed by the installation team as they work. Fitted appliances may need to be installed by other tradespeople that you might need to hire independently. Don’t forget that power and water might be off for several hours each day. Living without a kitchen for a few weeks is tough, but the finished result will be worth it. Enjoy!



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