If you have decided you need to extend your kitchen but are stuck for ideas, browse through our gallery of previous work for kitchen extension ideas, or continue reading for some handy tips for planning your new kitchen extension design.
The first thing to do when thinking of kitchen extension ideas is to consider your existing space, and how you plan to use that with relation to the new design. For example, if the idea of a combined dining and kitchen area in an open plan setting appeals to you (which is an extremely popular choice among London homeowners these days) you should first decide how you will make use of the space, and leave the selecting the correct size units and fittings till last.
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To help you further make up your mind, you will need to determine how the kitchen will be used. Are you intending mainly to cook in the kitchen, and use it as an occasional eating space, or will it be used as a dining area for the entire family every day?
Do you prefer the actual cooking area somewhat apart, or central to the room so everyone can see the preparation process? Do you like the idea of a central island for food preparation? Will the kitchen also be used to entertain guests, or only used in a family setting? Would you like a larder or walk in storage cupboard?
Once you have determined how much space you will need, you need to think about where the additional space will come from. A popular and straightforward option is to add an extension to the existing kitchen at the back of the house, which also gives you access to the garden.
However, this is not always possible, and it may be more practical to remove an internal wall to join the present kitchen and an adjoining room. In some cases it is possible to achieve a dream kitchen just by redesigning the original kitchen – it is amazing what a kitchen remodeling expert can do with a good set of plans.
In London, with all living space being at a premium, many townhouse owners choose to convert the basement to make an extra storey and add a lightwell so natural light and air reaches the extension.
Take a look at our gallery for kitchen extension ideas, or fill out the form here, and one of our kitchen extension experts will call you back at your earliest convenience to discuss your design ideas.