Kitchen Extensions

One of the most common reasons for adding an extension to your house is for a bigger kitchen. It might be because your family is growing, or because you would like to add a dining area. If you do decide to get a kitchen extension, the most important thing is to make sure that the new design works well for everyone in the family. That way it can be used and enjoyed for many years to come.

Planning a Kitchen Layout

When you start thinking about the finished product, the first thing you will need to do is make measurements of the the room, and draw up a layout of the space. It’s a good idea to use square paper and to position the existing services like electricity, plumbing and the gas point, and also the doors and windows.
Planning Kitchen Layout

Don’t forget: it is possible to move services if necessary, but this can be costly.

A kitchen has 3 main zones: cooking, food preparation and cleaning up. These correlate to the main work surfaces and appliances as well as the sink. The idea is that these zones form a triangle known as the Work Triangle. The traingle’s sides should be around 6.5m long, although they don’t need to be equal length. Also, make sure there aren’t any obstacles between the three zones.

As a general piece of advice, go with a simple design that works well for you. The chances are you will be spending lots of time in your kitchen, so you need to make it work.

Making Your Kitchen Plan

When you have completed the scale plan of the kitchen on paper with all the zones and features clearly marked, it’s a good idea to cut out shapes representing the different cupboard sizes available and also the appliances. This will makes it easier for you to move things around if you want to change the design.
Kitchen Planning

When you have decided on the design that looks as though it will work well for you, you’ll be able to see how many floor and wall units you need and also to calculate the sizes of the worktops. Remember to avoid any joins with the worktops; you will likely need to buy worktops which are slightly longer than those on your design.

Enjoy Your New Kitchen

Your kitchen is one of the rooms in your home that will very likely spend a lot of time in, so make sure you are happy with the design before any work begins. Remember whichever way you go when designing your new kitchen, it is there to be used and also to be enjoyed.