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Kitchen Extensions -
Where to start?
All property extensions are big investments so before you begin you need to do some serious thinking so that you avoid costly mistakes. Consider how you wish to use the space:
Don't just think of right now, try to see 5 to 10 years down the line and picture how your family will grow and their needs change.
Use existing space
The easiest & cheapest way to create a bigger kitchen space is by knocking through a partition wall between your kitchen and dining room. If you are doing it yourself do ask a structural engineer to check that the wall isn't load bearing. If it is you'll need to install steelwork to take the strain. Alternatively if you have an integral garage a garage conversion could make the ideal space for your kitchen.
If you have the budget and space available to extend this can be perfect option for you to create your ultimate kitchen. With some planning and design you can decide exactly what goes where, from your cupboards and islands to the position of your sockets & lighting.
Popular for Victorian terraced properties is a glazed or sky lit roof over the side on a narrow galley kitchen; this opens up the space and makes it work that much harder. A wider, lighter kitchen is far more attractive than a dark corridor
How much does a typical kitchen extension cost?
According to the Halifax and their Home Improvement Survey, the minimum cost of a
kitchen extension you should allow for between £1,200-
A well executed kitchen extension can increase the value of your home by as much as 11% so if you've got space and the money you've nothing to lose..
Will I need planning or a kitchen extension?
Often planning permission won't be necessary for small extensions. If you're knocking through from kitchen to the dining room or creating a garage conversion you won't need it either in most cases. Do however bear in mind that building regulations will apply
In general you won't need planning permission for your kitchen extension if:-
If you live in a listed building, conservation area or area of outstanding natural beauty, you will need to ask your local building authority for permission. Likewise if you're planning a more ambitious kitchen extension you will need permission and full architects drawings of the layout and elevations. Planning applications cost around £150 in England and take around eight weeks to process.
Some further considerations
Moving existing water, gas and electrical points will add to the cost and complexity of the project. You will need a Gas Safe Registered Installer if you're installing a gas boiler or gas cooker and all electrical work requires a compliance certificate under Part P of Building Regulations.
You should also give consideration to drainage plans. Outlet pipes for sinks, washing machines and dishwashers need direct access to external drainage and so for practical and cost reasons these may dictate the layout of your proposed kitchen extension. If you start moving pipes you need to check that all work complies with Building Regulations.
Lighting and especially natural lighting can really enhance a kitchen. Give some thought to how the natural light changes at different times of day as this will guide you as to where you need extra artificial lighting. Light and airy conservatory style kitchens are attractive but can get hot in summer, get cold in winter and suffer from damp and condensation.
Consulting professionals, whether it is an architect or your friendly local builder early in the process can help guide you through the process and inspire you to create the kitchen of your dreams.
If you want to discuss a possible kitchen extension project on your home give us a call to book a FREE consultation with us.
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