Many homeowners dream of a bigger kitchen and, according to Which? Magazine, a new kitchen can add up to 6% to the value of your property. So, it’s no surprise that kitchen extensions are popular with our customers. The extra space gained from having an extension can mean that it may be possible to have a large, light-filled kitchen diner – a space the whole family can enjoy.
The type of kitchen extension you might be able to have will depend on your house, the area of London you live in and your budget.
Two of the most popular types of extensions for kitchens are side return and rear extensions. These types of extensions tend to be straightforward and suit a typical London property; for example, if you own a terraced house, it’s usually only possible to opt for a rear extension.
Rear kitchen extension
A rear extension can offer extensive additional living space for you and your family. The above rear kitchen extension in Wandsworth added a large kitchen diner with a ground floor WC. This open plan space has been zoned in a way that makes the most of the extra footprint gained. This south-west London family can cook, eat, socialise and relax in this kitchen extension without feeling cramped. The high ceilings give the room an airy feel and plenty of natural light floods the space with the two skylights and the large bi-folding doors; bringing the outside in.
You don’t need a large family home to have a rear kitchen extension. This ground floor flat in Queens Park underwent a complete reconfiguration that included a rear extension. This new kitchen diner opens up on to the garden, creating an almost continual flow onto the patio outside. The large light well in the roof brings light, not just into the kitchen, but it also helps to brighten up to the room beyond.
Side return extension
A side-return extension uses what is often ‘dead space’, at the side of the house. This opens up corridors, space under the stairs and other ‘dead’ areas in a home. The image above is of a property in Balham, whose owners opted for a side return extension, in which the family have created a large light- filled kitchen diner. The use of an island breaks the space up between the kitchen area and the eating space and the floor to ceiling windows and skylights let plenty of natural light into this sociable kitchen.
This Finsbury Park townhouse added a side return extension that transformed a small dark kitchen into a spacious light-filled room. The length of the extension has three skylights installed and the exposed brick gives the space a contemporary look. A ground floor WC was also installed, together with bespoke storage cupboards along the stairs. At Simply, we can configure the extra space provided by an extension to include what you need to make your house as liveable as possible – whether that’s storage, a new bathroom, bedroom or a bigger kitchen.
If you’ve grown out of your house but don’t want to move, an extension might be what you need to reinvigorate your property. Whether, you dream of a bigger kitchen with an island or a light open plan multi-functional living space, at Simply Extend we can help you create a home that works for you and your family. Contact us today for a free site survey.