How to Plan a Kitchen Extension
If you’re wondering how to plan a kitchen extension, there are some important things you need to consider. For example, which construction professionals you should consider having by your side. Also, there’s the great value of working with your kitchen designer as early as possible in the planning of your kitchen extension,.
Extending or renovating your home and kitchen is a significant investment in your home, property and lifestyle. Therefore it’s well worth taking the time to plan properly. Whether you plan to create a kitchen-diner, breakfast kitchen or multi-purpose family and entertaining room, you’ll probably be looking for something more functional and spacious. You’ll doubtless be spending quite a lot of time in your kitchen as well, so a beautifully designed luxury kitchen will be just as important as a well planned one! At Studio Hamilton, we specialise in contemporary Italian kitchen design which is the hallmark of excellence the world over.
Your vision and approach may be shaped by kitchen magazine articles, friends and neighbours’ kitchen extensions. Browsing interior design inspiration hubs such as Pinterest and Houzz can also help.. However, we do need to keep at least one foot firmly on the ground when we consider the question of how to plan a kitchen extension. There are design, practical and even legal considerations which will need your attention before you can go ahead. Only then can we indulge in the fun part of choosing tiles, window dressings and the final finish of your kitchen cabinets.
Key Technical Considerations:
Many home extension projects will require planning permission, others can be permitted development which is certainly a bonus for your time schedule. At Studio Hamilton, we recommend that you appoint an Architect or other member of the RICS. There are also good resources and guides available to assist you from the relevant institutions such as the RICS, RIBA and Local Government Planning Authority. These are listed below under Resources. Perhaps your first port of call might be The Planning Portal. This is a government collaboration resource which will guide you – especially if you are going to project manage yourself.
“To minimise the possibility of running into problems, consider appointing an RICS member to take you through the process from start to finish and ensure that works are carried out with as few hitches as possible.” Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.
When you are looking at how to plan a kitchen extension, create a Schedule of Works. This is involves getting cost and time-frame estimates from your chosen builder and kitchen supplier/designer. It will start as a draft and probably change during the project but it’s a great way of ensuring you don’t forget anything and that everything is ordered in time.
Choose your kitchen company at the planning stage – it’s always advisable. With a professional kitchen designer, they’ll be available and willing to help you with budget estimates and time-frames for manufacturing and installing your kitchen. They’ll envisage the impact of structural decisions on the finished kitchen design [windows, doors, columns etc.] – plus you’ll be able to tap into any other helpful tips & advice from another professional early in the extension planning process.
“While it’s best to plan the building before the kitchen, it’s a good idea to research suppliers and choose the company you want to use at the start of your project.” Grand Designs
Luxury Kitchen Design Considerations:
By involving your kitchen designer early on, you will have a strong and trusted professional relationship in place. You’ll get the best advice and attention throughout and this need not be as expensive as you may think. With Studio Hamilton, for example, initial plans and estimates are usually free of charge!
Draft the interior footprint or layout to ensure that you enjoy the best views and perspectives relevant to each area – we call this ‘zoning’ and it’s important that we work with the architectural plans or that we can suggest/request any adjustments early on. The method and location of air extraction/filtration is important. The location of doors or their direction of opening, electrical and water planning and so forth… this is where the early involvement of Studio Hamilton can add a lot of value to your kitchen extension. We don’t like to see our clients living with a compromise – especially one we could have helped to avoid.
The foot-flow between areas of the property is also important. Are walkways between walls and a peninsula or island wide enough and in proportion to the overall room? Will you be walking into a wall of kitchen cabinets? Will your dining and social areas have the best aspects of the rest of the room or onto your landscaped garden. Is there clearance for doors, including bi-fold concertina patio doors? The list goes on but it’s good to have your kitchen extension correctly planned in every regard right from the very beginning.
This is where Studio Hamilton can help you with our expertise in creating luxury kitchen designs and layouts.
Kitchen & Home Extension Resources:
- Planning Permission: A Guide to Extensions
- RICS: A Consumer Guide to Home Extensions
- Royal Institute of British Architects: Get matched with the right architect for your project
- Party Wall Act: Information on carrying out building work
- Studio Hamilton: Kitchen Design Services | How we work
- Houzz: Home Design, Decorating and Renovation Ideas