Small kitchens are some of the most challenging spaces to design. The limited square footage can make it harder to find a suitable layout and you will be restricted as to how many cabinets or appliances you can have. Not to mention, you can struggle to find space for enough worktops to help you create a kitchen that is both functional and practical.
For this reason, so many homeowners decide to build home extensions to help them create the kitchen of their dreams. Whether you build a rear extension or a side extension, you can create lots more square footage to experiment with when creating a new kitchen. If you’re interested in building an extension and using the extra space to transform your small kitchen into a spacious living area, keep reading today. Below we have looked into some popular design features that homeowners incorporate into their kitchens when building a home extension.
So many homeowners choose to have an island in their kitchen nowadays. This is a great addition to any large kitchen due to its numerous benefits. Not only does an island or peninsula provide extra worktop space for cooking and preparing food, but it also allows for additional storage space for everyday essentials. A kitchen island can be used as a place to sit and eat meals or enjoy a cup of tea too. Not to mention, having an island allows for more efficient movement and organisation when cooking, as everything you need is within close reach.
When building an extension, your kitchen will likely lead to your garden and having floor-to-ceiling exterior doors can have a huge impact on the space. Large sliding or bi-folding doors will provide you with a great view of the outdoors and increase the amount of natural light that comes into your kitchen, making it feel more spacious and inviting. These doors will make it easier to access your garden as well, which is great during the summer months when you’re entertaining guests, and it will make your home perfect for socialising.
It can be difficult to create a kitchen with enough storage, but when you build an extension, you will have the floor space to create a walk-in pantry. In addition to providing you with more storage space for food, a pantry can help you to keep your kitchen organised. It also makes it easier to access items, as you don’t have to pull out every single thing in your cupboard to find what you’re looking for. You will have more space in other kitchen cabinets for the appliances you need too and they won’t have to take up valuable worktop space.
It’s becoming increasingly common for homeowners to have lounge areas in their large kitchens and they will use sofas, armchairs and coffee tables to create a dedicated seating space. Having a sofa area in your kitchen will provide you with a comfortable space for you and your family to relax, and it will enable you to spend more time together. Creating a seating area will prevent your kitchen from just being somewhere you cook meals, it will become a space to socialise, catch up with loved ones and relax after a busy day.
When you have more floor space in your kitchen, you will have more room for appliances and you can invest in some modern, luxurious appliances. Appliances like built-in wine coolers, double ovens, warming drawers and large-capacity fridges with ice makers can positively impact your day-to-day life. Luxury and smart appliances add a touch of style and sophistication to your kitchen too, making it look more modern and inviting. They also provide more convenience, as they can offer a range of additional features.
Get Some Assistance With Extension Planning
Hopefully, the design features above will have given you some inspiration for your new kitchen if you’re planning an extension for your home. Should you need some assistance with extension planning drawings, building regulation plans or drawings for building work, don’t hesitate to contact us at Arkiplan today.
We can provide you with the professional, architectural drawings you need to complete your project and our team works slightly differently from your local architect. Here at Arkiplan, we pride ourselves on providing an efficient and cost-effective service, and we can provide you with detailed extension planning drawings in as little as two weeks. Our service is incredibly convenient and you won’t have the hassle of several face-to-face appointments. To find out more about how our online service works, explore our website today.