Increase the value of your home by appealing to the budding chef

Home owners looking to expand their kitchen will be pleased to know that a third of estate agents in the UK believe that the extension will increase the value of their property. Good news for those budding Jamie Oliver’s and Heston Blumenthal’s in the making.

A great way to expand the home and create a larger living area, kitchen extensions are now seen as a financially beneficial solution to increasing space in the home alongside extra bedrooms.

According to a new report by the National Association of Estate Agents, it was revealed that just under half (49 per cent) of estate agents surveyed agreed that an extra bedroom would increase the value of a property, whereas a third felt a kitchen extension would increase the value.

Simply Extend Kitchen Extension

Kitchen extensions were ahead of the poll, that took into account conservatories and garages. With conservatories only taking 4 per cent of the vote, 3 per cent thought the addition of a garage would increase the value of a home. Converting an existing garage into a living space also only garnered 3 per cent of the estate agents votes.

Jan Hytch, President of the NAEA added: ‘Our research shows that bedrooms and kitchens are seen as the most sensible areas for expansion and this rings true when a property comes on to the market.’

With house prices in London steadily increasing, home owners and growing families are finding that extending and expanding their home is a cost effective way to obtain more room.

The team at Simply Extend create beautiful extensions including side return, wrap around and even double storey extension for home owners in the London area and tailor every job to your specific requirements. Need a bigger area to work with when cooking? No problem. Our team can turn a kitchen into a bespoke living space based on what you need. Bedroom with a bathroom, an office or a kitchen, we can handle anything.

We take care of everything, from obtaining planning permission on your behalf to design to paintwork, all at a fixed price, so there are no hidden costs, meaning at the end of the project, all you have to do is enjoy it.

Visit to view our vast portfolio of past projects and see what a kitchen or any other type of extension can do for your home.

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Dinner is a Winner as a London Home Extension Creates Beautiful New Kitchen

Breakfast, lunch and dinner times are set to be a lot more fun for one London family, after London building firm Simply Extend completed a breathtaking home extension; centred around a large kitchen/diner space.

With a large central island and lots of room for family and friends, this stunning kitchen mixes functionality with a warm family friendly aesthetic.

When families grow, they need more space and with London house prices still on the up many families have to find that space at home.

But home extensions and loft conversions aren’t just about adding more bedrooms to a property. Sometimes all it takes to make a house a better home is to revamp the areas in which the family spends the most time. The kitchen is always high on that list.

Simply Extend were provided with a brief to install a side rear extension to create a large kitchen and diner space. A brand new set of fully glazed windows were installed to the new build in order to allow as much natural light in as possible. Bi-folding doors were installed to the rear for easy access to the garden; and a breezy, wide open space in the warmer months.

The entire London home extension was completed and fully decorated in 10 weeks. All that was left for the family to do was fill the space with family photos and colourful, kiddies artwork.

By altering one room in the house, Simply Extend were able to transform the home and create an entirely new centre. The living areas are amongst the most important areas within a property and the kitchen is often considered the heart of the home.

Do you enjoy spending time in your kitchen/dining area? Is there enough room for the hustle and bustle of the whole family? If the answer is no it could be time to extend the space and install the kitchen of your dreams.

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London House Prices in Brent Rise Faster Than Any Other Suburb

Is there any greater illustration of the incredible London house prices boom than the meteoric rise of Brent?

At one time Brent contained some of the capitals most deprived areas and was even oft referred to as the drive-by-shooting capital of the UK. Now, however, Brent is experiencing greater increase in house prices than any other borough in London. This includes illustrious names like Chelsea, Knightsbridge and Westminster.

Ironically, this prices hike is believed to have been caused in part by London families stepping down from neighbouring Notting Hill where property prices are exorbitantly high. This combined with the greater interest of developers and foreign buyers means prices in Brent are booming more so than anywhere else.

Queen’s Park kicked off the trend, where unexpected price rises had made millionaires of thousands of residents. This in turn started a trend for the rest of Brent, through Kendal Rise and Willesden Green, and ultimately to Harlesden. This is incredible, since the area, once famous for shootings alone, is fast becoming populated with some of the most expensive property in London.

It all demonstrates the problems facing young families in London who simply cannot compete with foreign buyers, and increased value in many London markets.

At least, they have Simply Extend. With a home extension in London, they can make more room for their family unit and could do so for far less than the cost of moving house. In addition, they will endure less stress and strain, since most home extensions in London take just a few weeks to complete.

Talk to the experts at Simply Extend today by calling 0800 917 7571, or find out more at our main site The home of your dreams could be the one you’re already in.

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