It’s true when they say that the kitchen is the heart of your home, so of course, you want to make the most out of this important space.
Whether you’ve outgrown your current space or just looking to revamp an outdated kitchen in a house you just moved into, we want to help you create a room that you can’t help but fall in love with.
Here’s how you can plan the ultimate ground floor kitchen extension that works for you and your family.
Keep in mind the features for your kitchen extension
When you’re planning your dream kitchen, it can be easy to get caught up in the style and aesthetics of the space. However, it’s just as important to consider key features such as heating, plumbing, and extraction.
These features should all be considered very early on in the planning stage of your extension, especially if you want a high-performance finish.
For example, you may want to think about whether you want radiators or underfloor heating, a decision that could have a big impact on the whole design of the space.
Similarly, existing plumbing features may also affect space planning so must be considered early on.
Establish and adhere to your budget
Coming up with a budget for any extension project is something that many of us would like to ignore, however, it’s a critical part of the planning process – we don’t all have unlimited funds for our projects!
Once you have a design in mind, it should be easy to draw up a budget based on discussions with designers and your contractors.
You can also look at the cost of appliances, furniture, and decorations online to give you a rough guide of how much you can expect to spend.
We’d always recommend budgeting more money than you initially think as there are always unexpected costs that spring up during extension projects that you can’t foresee in the earliest stages.
Have a clear timeline
You can’t go too long without a kitchen so it’s a good idea to have a rough idea of how much you expect the project to last for.
Your contractor should be able to help give you a timeline for the project but, remember that extensions can often take longer than expected so allow a couple of weeks extra just in case.
Consult with a designer or an architect
It’s hard to design and plan an entire kitchen by yourself unless you have experience in taking on a project of this kind of before – this is why it’s always a good idea to consult a designer or architect.
These specialists, like Watara Homes, will have a wealth of knowledge on the kitchen extension process and will be able to help you come up with the best plan possible.
Determine which type of extension you want for your kitchen
No two kitchen extension projects are the same, so you should have some idea of what you want to achieve during your project.
You don’t need to undergo a huge extension to maximize the benefits of a high-performance kitchen, you may only need to add an extra meter.
Consider getting a planning clearance (if necessary)
Some extension projects will require planning clearance from the local authorities, which can sometimes cause delays in your project.
You should look into planning permission early on to see if it could cause any potential problems during the process – in some cases, it may prevent you from being able to start construction at all.
Again, an extension specialist will be able to help you organize this and advise whether planning clearance will be required for your project.
Planning your ground floor kitchen extension may seem like a long and boring process, especially when you just want to get construction underway.
However, it’s an integral part of the process that should be given a lot of thought and attention.
In this article, we’ve taken you through some of the most important steps that you should prepare for in the planning process.
Now all that’s left to do is get in touch with your local home builders and start dreaming up your perfect kitchen.