Extending your Property to Fit Your Dream Kitchen
Do you have one of those pokey little kitchens? One with barely enough room for your appliances and nowhere near enough surface space for you to really stretch out your culinary muscles? Well, you are not alone. Lots of people struggle with the annoyance of a kitchen space that is severely lacking in, well, space. The resultant claustrophobia (a touch dramatic maybe, but you get my meaning) can rob a person of some of the pleasures of cooking and preparing meals. It can also strip the Kitchens Cheshire of its other functions as a social or work space.
Even worse is when you come to think about upgrading your kitchen’s style. You will spend your time pouring through catalogue, after brochure, after website depicting expansive kitchen areas, bursting with all of the modern conveniences and a large slice of potential for family time, dinner parties and more.
All is not lost however. There is an option available to you small kitchen folk, and that option is an extension. Many people carry out an extension building project to allow them to incorporate a new room into their property or simply to make an existing room or rooms larger. Whilst having your property extended is certainly no mean feat, it can transform your home into something quite special, not to mention the value that a well-constructed extension will add to your investment.
The first thing to do is to consider how much space you actually need and this will depend largely on how you plan to use it. Some simple points to consider during this stage are:
Do you want the room to be just a kitchen or do you want to dine in it as well?
Do you want your cooking space to be open plan?
Will you use the kitchen for entertaining?
Do you want living space open to the kitchen?
Do you require a utility room or a separate larder?
You also need to think about where the Kitchens Surrey is actually going to be located. Many people like their kitchen to open out onto the garden to give it a “bringing the outside in” feel and making al fresco dining simple.
When it comes to altering your home, there are three routes to consider, each involving increasingly significant work to be carried out:
This is the simplest option for giving yourself more internal space and is probably the one that you should consider before looking at adding to the building. By knocking down the stud partition between your existing kitchen and dining room or living room, you can easily combine the two rooms into one. The important thing to establish is whether or not the wall to be removed is load-bearing as, if it is, you will need to have a steel joist installed to add extra support to the upper floor/s, which will obviously involve more work.
Many houses, in particular traditional Victorian terraces, have a side return that isn’t good for much more than storing your bins in. Seeing as this type of house often has a long narrow kitchen, many people opt to simple fill in the side return, to give the kitchen extra width and light. By adding a glass roof or skylights to the extension, you can allow natural light to flood your kitchen space and transform it into something far more special.
Adding a large extension onto your property is probably the best way to give yourself the space to create your lovely new kitchen and will give you more flexibility to really make it your own. It obviously involves the most work and the most disruption to your life, but the pay-off is so much greater as well. Not only will it more than likely add significant value to your property, but it will give you a real sense of accomplishment that you designed (or at least managed the design) yourself.
It is best when designing your extension to try and keep within the period of your property. That’s not to say that a modern extension on a traditional house cannot look good (in fact it can look fantastic), but you will often find planning permission easier to obtain if you keep to the original building’s aesthetic.
When it comes to planning permission, you are going to want to check up on your permitted development rights first. These rights mean that, if your extension is small enough, you may be able to carry out the work without seeking planning permission. However, if your extension is going to be large or is an addition to a flat, you will need to get planning permission. Also don’t forget that planning rules vary by area so don’t assume that just because you were able to carry out a similar project in a previous location without permission, you will be able to now.
So, there you have a few things to consider when thinking about extending your house to accommodate your dream kitchen design. Please let us know in the comments if you have had an extension built before. Tell us what went well and also tell us if there is something that you wish someone had told you.
On a final note, the most important thing to do when designing your extension is to have fun with the process. There will be stressful moments, but overall it should be an enjoyable experience.Read more "Extending your Property to Fit Your Dream Kitchen"