7 things to consider before your kitchen extension

At the top of so many homeowners’ wishlist is a kitchen extension. This is the dream for so many property owners – and it may be yours too! – as it offers the option of a spacious, light-filled kitchen that you can curate and design to be uniquely your own. It can also give you the scope to incorporate more living space, including the utility room you’ve been craving. Before you dive headfirst into the plans for your kitchen extension, there are things to consider. Let’s find out what they are, so that your kitchen extension can come into its own.

Plan what your priorities are in the new space

Firstly, it’s a good idea to plan what you will use your extended space for. If you are using it entirely for your kitchen, this means the layout will be relatively simple, but if you’d like to include a utility room or extra living space, this may give you more to consider. Knowing your wishes for your extension will also help you in the design process, as well as budgeting.

Set your budget

One of the most important steps in considering a kitchen extension is formulating your budget. This will allow you to find out what is possible in your space, and ensure that you have the funds to create a space of a high quality. Also, remember to set yourself a contingency fund. This ensures that you have a fall-back amount, catering to things that may be more expensive than originally planned.

Consider the layout of your kitchen

The layout of your kitchen will affect your plans, as you will need to understand what work needs to be undertaken and where in the house new elements will be installed. Consider what other spaces you’d like to include, such as a utility room or a living area, as well as how you will access the new kitchen and the garden. Keep in mind the rule of the golden triangle – keep a clear path between your sink, oven and fridge.

Decide on the type of your extension

The big question is, will you extend out to the side, or the back? A side extension may not provide you with as much room as an extension out the back, but it is slightly more affordable. However, if you’re looking for the maximum amount of space you can add, this may be where you opt for a rear extension, and ensure your budget includes this extra cost. It’s worth bearing in mind that a rear extension will sacrifice more of your garden. The type of extension may impact whether you will need planning permission or not.

Do you require planning permission?

With any kind of extension, it’s important to find out whether you need to obtain planning permission, or permitted development. Whether you require these could depend on the work you plan on conducting, as well as your existing property. For example, if you own a listed building, it’s likely you will need more official permission than the alternative.

Think about the material of your extension exterior

It could be important to you to match the exterior of your extension to the existing exterior of your home. This will ensure that your extension blends into your property and looks as though it has been there the whole time. On the other hand, if you’re looking to contrast your older home with modernity, you may lean into contemporary materials and go for a newer style.

Work with an expert

When considering all these factors and planning your kitchen extension, it will be beneficial for you to consult an expert in kitchen design. Working with a kitchen designer will allow you to work within the realm of possibility, and they can help you make your vision come to life whilst recommending features and elements that will be good for the ergonomics of your kitchen. They will also take your lifestyle into account.

That’s where I come in at Jeff Allen Designer Kitchens. My experience in kitchen design will ensure that your space encapsulates everything you need it to. If you aren’t much of a chef, but you love hosting, we could incorporate an impressive kitchen island. If you’re an avid cooker with a large family, perhaps a double oven is for you, with a large table within your kitchen extension for seating. I always tailor your kitchen to your lifestyle. To chat more about a possible kitchen extension within your home, all you have to do is get in touch with me. Call 020 8224 7173 or email info@jeffallenkitchens.com.