After decades of small, utilitarian kitchens, the spacious kitchen is back in style. The contemporary kitchen isn't just a place to cook, and it's far more than an "eat-in" kitchen. Unfortunately, many of the homes built in the UK over the past 50 years feature kitchens the size of a postage stamp. It's no surprise then that kitchen extensions are among the most popular home remodels in the UK. According to a major UK property management website, kitchen remodels are second only to loft conversions in popularity and adding value to a home.
Conservatory Kitchen Extension
Conservatories are popular additions to homes. Adding a conservatory to a kitchen opens up the room like no other type of kitchen extension. A glass-walled conservatory that adds as little as 6 feet to the depth of the kitchen can have a far larger impact on the feel and function of the room than the numbers suggest. If the kitchen opens out onto a deck or enclosed porch, the project might even be easy enough for a DIY homeowner to tackle. Orangery-style conservatories are especially popular as kitchen remodels because the half-height walls offer more privacy than a full conservatory. There are DIY conservatory kits available that make the job easier, as well as many UK companies that specialise in the installation of conservatory kitchens.
Extend a Kitchen into Another Room
Another popular kitchen extension idea is to remove the wall between the kitchen and an adjoining room. This can work well for a galley kitchen that opens into a dining room or family room area or a small kitchen with a dinette area attached. Removing a wall between the kitchen and an adjoining room can create the type of open floor plan that is popular in new construction. Consider work flow when designing an open floor plan for a kitchen and use islands and counter space to define work space without closing in the room again.
Kitchen Extensions in Conservation Areas
Victorian and Edwardian terrace houses are often located in conservation areas where construction and extensions may be limited by local ordinance. Kitchen conservatories are especially popular in these homes because they require little in the way of permits and are nearly always approved. As of October 2008, in fact, conservatories are among the extensions that are approved for building in conservation areas. The simplest type of kitchen extension in a conservation area is a simple lean to conservatory, built using the existing wall as an anchor for the sloping roof. The glass in the walls can extend full length, or stop short to sit atop low walls. Open the old kitchen into the new space via bifold or French doors and pull the two spaces together by using the same flooring and colour scheme in both.
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