A guide to kitchen extensions

Kitchen extensions are very popular with homeowners around the world, thanks to the endless ways you can modify the extension to create your dream kitchen. Extending your kitchen is not a small job by any stretch of the imagination – it requires a lot of planning, care and, unfortunately, money to finish the project. This article will look at the various factors that you need to consider when planning and executing a kitchen extension.
Kitchen extension worktop

A Silestone kitchen extension we recently worked on in North London

Quick Tips
  • Never cut corners on the design of the kitchen extension. You may need to put some items for your kitchen on hold while you complete the build of your new extension.
  • Kitchen islands are all the rage and offer style and functionality in a complete package.
  • One of the most important aspects is ‘flow’ – this means how easy you can move from the oven to the sink when you need to.
  • It is always worth checking with your local authority to determine whether you need planning permission or not. Since 2008, planning permission has not been required for extensions of less than 10% of the area of your property, but it is worth checking before you begin the hard work.
Why add an extension? There are a number of reasons that building a kitchen extension can benefit you and your property. The most obvious benefit is the addition of extra space in your home, so you can host social gatherings and family events with ease, as well as providing yourself with ample room to prepare and cook food. Another benefit is the value that it can add to your property, should you ever want to put it on the market. Homes with extensions are very attractive prospect to potential buyers, so you could put extra cash in your pocket should you add an extension to your property. The kitchen is coming to prominence as an area for socialising, as well as creating food. By adding an extension to your kitchen, it will look more inviting, making it perfect for parties! Costs Usually, a single-storey extension to a kitchen costs between £10,000-£15,000, and with the advent of off-the-shelf bi-folding doors, it is now easier to install entrances to your new extension, rather than having to wait for a door to be designed and fitted. However, more extravagant extensions on larger properties can be very expensive, depending on the design and the features that you want to include. According to Design Your House, some extensions can cost approximately £1000 per square metre to install, without any extravagant fittings or unusual layouts. If you are willing to spend the cash required to have the extension, then you will reap the rewards once it has been completed. The result will be a totally rejuvenated living space, breathing new life into your kitchen and making it a fantastic atmosphere to be in, for yourself and guests alike. Touchstone Worktops are proud to supply bespoke granite, quartz and natural stone worktops for kitchens and bathrooms alike. If you would like to know more about what we do, please feel free to get in touch with us today and we will be more than happy to help.  

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