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Your guide to planning a kitchen extension

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Zara, Staff Writer

Tuesday, 25th May 2021

The kitchen is the center of many homes, so it’s only natural that many of us dream of having a bigger kitchen. Planning a kitchen extension could bring your dreams to life, creating the extra space that you crave to enjoy precious time with your family.

Here are our top tips for planning a kitchen extension.

1. Focus on what’s important

The most important thing is to think about how you use your kitchen and the features that you need. If you love cooking for extended family, you’ll probably be looking for a large oven or range cooker with lots of preparation space.

You might also be looking for a streamlined look, meaning that you’ll want floor-to-ceiling storage space to hide your gadgets and keep your counters clear.

It’s important to focus on how you use your kitchen and the vision that you have when you’re planning your kitchen extension ideas. It’s easy to get carried away but you need to keep in mind the reason for your extension.

2. Set a budget

We all want that dream kitchen, but money is often a limiting factor. Setting a clear budget from the start will help you to be realistic with your expectations. Structural work such as adding roof lights and changing entrances will quickly add to the costs so you need to establish early on in the process whether these are things that you can afford.

If you’re on a tight budget, look out for kitchens in clearance sales. Stores will often sell off their ex-display kitchens at a fraction of the cost of a new kitchen, enabling you to get the kitchen of your dreams on a budget.

3. Look to the light

Light is critical in a kitchen, making it feel more spacious and clean. To create more light in your kitchen, think about the placement of windows. You can also consider adding bi-folding or patio doors that lead onto your garden if you have space available.

A vaulted ceiling in your kitchen can help to make it feel bigger and lighter, without taking up any extra space. Vaulted ceilings are a serious design trend this year, adding style and sophistication to any home.

4. Choose a theme

Having a theme that runs through your kitchen will make a world of difference to the end result. You can tie your furniture, cupboard, and appliances into this theme, allowing them to complement each other. Deciding on your theme early in the process means that you’ll be able to ensure that everything matches.

5. Define areas of the kitchen

The most effective kitchen extensions have clearly defined areas, maximizing the amount of usable space. You can use islands or breakfast bars to divide the cooking area from the dining area to create an open plan kitchen with a strong sense of cohesion.

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