How To Plan A Kitchen Extension
Over the years NBC Construction have helped many of our local customers understand just how to plan a kitchen extension and explained what sort of things they need to consider before starting the project. Kitchen extensions are very popular, but many of those who want one don’t actually know where to begin! A lot of work and planning goes in to projects like kitchen extensions, but they all start in similar ways.
Think About What You Want
No two extensions are the same, and the first step of planning any extension is working out exactly what it is that you want. Some are perfectly happy with their kitchens and merely wish for a bit of extra space for preparation and storage, but others would prefer a whole new look and want to scrap their current kitchen entirely. Open plan kitchens are becoming increasingly popular, and more kitchen extensions featuring multi-use areas for both cooking and dining.
Now’s also the perfect opportunity to remove outdated or unused features and add new ones that will be of use; it can be tempting to install all the latest gadgets but if you cannot see yourself using them regularly, it would be best to pass. After all, you’re paying for more space – you may as well make the most of it!
Consider What You Need
When thinking about how to plan a kitchen extension, a big consideration in kitchen extensions is lighting and how to get it. Some opt for mood lighting as well as secondary lighting under cabinets and above cookers to make food preparation easier.
The back of the extension (closer to house) will be darker than it once was, and you will need to consider how to best remedy this – roof lanterns and extra lighting are both popular choices.
You’ll also want to think about glazing, and what type of windows and doors you’ll install. It helps to take sun positioning into consideration when deciding on window placement, as well as remembering that more windows mean less wall space (and vice versa)
Choose Your Professionals
If your extension involves remodelling your kitchen, it’s a good idea to choose suppliers early in the planning stage so that your extension can designed around it and less last-minute changes have to be made. Decide whether you’ll design your kitchen yourself or enlist the help of a professional architect to help you. Finally, you’ll need to choose a reliable construction company like NBC Construction to actually build the extension and install any units for you. It can be hard to decide who to trust with such a large undertaking, so it’s advisable to do your research – there’s also no shame in asking for help or professional recommendations.