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The Guide To Kitchen Diner Extensions

If you have lived in your current house for a while, you might be starting to think your kitchen is looking a bit dated or it's time to create a larger entertaining space. If so, a kitchen diner extension could be the solution you're looking for. What is it that you want from your kitchen? Is it the ability to cook dinner whilst your children are doing homework at the kitchen table or maybe you want to look outside whilst having a coffee.

Adding an extension onto your kitchen area can create more open space, which is important for most families as the kitchen is the heart of the home. But what do you need to consider before committing to a kitchen diner extension?

31 March 2023
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Eugene Kim

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What To Think About Before Getting An Extension

Planning – Think about what you want within the house extension London and what you wish for it to look like. Once you have an idea in place, it is time to consider the schedule. There are things that will need to be considered before construction can begin, such as planning applications, finding a builder or an architect in London, and any party wall agreements that may need to be sorted.

Budget – The scale of the work will, of course, impact how much it costs; however, the average spend for a kitchen diner extension is around £25,000. If you are planning on reworking an existing extension rather than starting from scratch, this might not necessarily be cheaper, so it is best to seek professional advice beforehand to weigh up your options.

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Design Considerations For A Kitchen Diner

Multifunctionality – Extending your kitchen gives you the opportunity to turn the space into something more functional. For example, you could create a study area for the kids, make the most of the extra room to build in more storage space, or you could improve the access to your garden for outdoor living.

Finishing touches – There may be small things that you have not thought about such as extra power points and hiding these in cupboard spaces. Also, have you considered whether you want to integrate your appliances or have them on show? All these little things need to be planned out in advance as well.

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Where To Start On Your Extension

Consider a side return for your kitchen extension as this will create valuable space, it will help to create a live-in space that many families appreciate. For this to work you may need to expand your property and create a more open plan kitchen/living space. Make the most out of the under-utilised spaces within your kitchen area. This space is the main hub of the house so it is important to get it right.

If you are interested in having a kitchen diner extension, feel free to call us today on 0203 409 4215 (press option 3) or send an email to [email protected].

Layout considerations for a kitchen diner extension layout

When designing a kitchen diner extension, one of the key layout considerations is how to create a seamless flow between the kitchen and dining areas, while also maximizing the use of available space. Here are some things to consider:

Open-plan design: An open-plan design is a popular choice for a kitchen extension as it creates a spacious and sociable living area. This can be achieved by removing internal walls to create a single large room, or by extending outwards to create a new room with an open-plan layout.

Kitchen layout: The kitchen layout should be carefully planned to ensure that it is both functional and aesthetically pleasing. A popular design is to have a kitchen island or breakfast bar as a central feature, which can provide extra work surface and storage space, as well as a focal point for the room.

Dining layout: The dining area should be positioned in a way that allows for easy access to the kitchen, while also creating a comfortable and welcoming space for eating and socializing. This can be achieved by positioning the dining table in a central location or adjacent to the kitchen area.

Natural light: Maximizing natural light is important in a kitchen diner extension, as it can help to create a bright and airy space. Consider using large windows, skylights, or even glass doors to allow natural light to flood the room.

Storage: Adequate storage is essential in any kitchen, but it is especially important in an open-plan living space where clutter can quickly build up. Consider incorporating plenty of storage options such as built-in cabinets, shelves, and drawers to keep the space tidy and organized.

Flooring: Choosing the right flooring is important in a kitchen diner extension, as it needs to be both practical and durable. Options such as ceramic tiles, vinyl or engineered wood can work well in a kitchen diner extension as they are easy to clean and maintain.

Overall, a successful kitchen diner extension layout is one that takes into account both the practical and aesthetic considerations of the space, and creates a seamless flow between the kitchen and dining areas.


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Eugene Kim

Eugene Kim, Founder and Managing Director of Extension Architecture, has led the firm for over 14 years, consistently delivering quality solutions. His dedication has been key to the company's growth and success.

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