5 Fantastic Kitchen Extension Ideas

Although you might have plenty of ways to maximize on the space in your small kitchen, there comes a time when it becomes necessary to build a kitchen extension. An extension can offer a range of additional options when it comes to cooking, storage, dining and can even add value to your home.

The challenge with choosing to renovate your kitchen is knowing the best way to make use of the space. There are options like increasing the counter space or adding more cupboards, adding a dining area with a table and chairs and including a breakfast bar. If you’re looking for a few kitchen extension ideas, hopefully these suggestions will help.

 Why Extend?

There are a number of reasons why you might look to build a kitchen extension. It could be that you’re looking for some additional space to add a dining area, providing you with the perfect place to spend mealtimes with your family. Perhaps your family has grown and you need more storage space in you kitchen. Maybe you’d like more light in the room and there’s limited options for adding a new window. Everyone has their own unique reasons for looking to add more space in their kitchen.

If you budget properly, adding a kitchen extension is a great way of adding value to your property. Just be sure to keep your spending in line with the overall property values in your area, as there will be a limit on how much a buyer is willing to spend for houses in certain areas,

Preparing to Extend

There are two main things to keep in mind while planning your extension – planning permission and your budget. Getting planning permission can be tricky, and just because an extension was approved in a nearby property doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll get permission too. It can also have an impact on the type of extension you can build, so get permission from your local authority before you start planning. It will save you money on plans which may not be allowed, and will also save you from disappointment if you have your heart set on a particular style which isn’t permitted.

Choosing an Extension

Depending on the shape of your property you may need to decide if you want to extend back or to the side of your property. If there’s enough space on your property you can extend backwards and help bring the garden indoors by incorporating sliding doors and outdoor decking. This can be a perfect way of adding more light to the room and providing a great outdoor dining option in the summer.

If you’re looking to add more square footage to your property then your only real options are to add an extension to your property. However, if you’re simply looking for more space in the kitchen then there may be the option of knocking through a wall to create a combined kitchen and living room. This can be a useful option for those who have been denied permission to add an extension or for those without sufficient space to build.

What Should You Add?

If you get planning permission and have your extension approved there’s a range of potential ideas for your kitchen extension. Some of the more popular additions to a bigger kitchen include:

Kitchen Dining Area

kitchen dining area

Island Kitchen

Island Kitchen
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Breakfast Bar

great kitchen with island and breakfast bar kitchen and decor inside kitchen island breakfast bar
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Outdoor Area

Contemporary open plan kitchen
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Kitchen Office

kitchen office
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