Kitchen Extensions – What to Consider

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Kitchen Extensions – What to Consider

Add-ons giving larger, more open spaces transforming homes – Architectural Article by Houzz

25 Jul 2017

Kitchen Extensions

Add-ons giving larger, more open kitchen spaces with loads of light and great garden views are transforming homes

Full article first published on Houzz

Hugo Tugman, Houzz Contributor

Where once kitchens were small spaces to be concealed, people now love to have large, open cook spaces that form an important part of living. Extending a home to create that big, airy space is increasingly popular – and it’s a great way to add value, too. Here’s what you need to consider before you start making plans.

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Make it more than just a kitchen
While we talk about ‘kitchen extensions’ it is rare that such extensions are boxes bolted on to the back of a house simply to fill with kitchen. The majority of such works are undertaken to open up and extend existing rooms and create larger, more open combined spaces that contain kitchen, dining, living and even home-working areas.

The key to success for such projects often rests on how effectively the existing part of the house – as much the extended part – can be opened up internally, as well as to the outside space.

Bring in the daylight
When extending a house to the rear, particularly a terrace house, the danger is that the middle part of it can then become isolated from the outside, meaning it could become dark and gloomy as it’s farther from daylight.

Plenty of glazing on the rear extension will help and, in general, the higher up that glazing can reach the better. This is because with ‘tall’ glazing, the more intense daylight that comes from a higher angle can reach deeper into the house.

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Consider going for a contrast
To create the open, light-filled, spacious kitchen/dining space that you dream of, simply extending in a matching style to your existing house might not lend itself to your vision.

Although by no means to everyone’s taste, one option you might consider is a contrasting architectural style, such as here, where a traditional thatched cottage has a contemporary glass-box extension. There’s certainly no mistaking what is original from what is extension in this project.

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Create a ‘no kitchen’ extension
Frequently, a kitchen extension may not have any kitchen in the extended part at all. In this example, the add-on has opened up and enlarged the existing space, and has been used as a new dining area so that the kitchen can make use of the whole width of what was the rear of the original house.

It’s worth noting how the older part of the house is enhanced not only by fully glazed doors across the rear of the extension, but also by roof windows that allow for good ventilation and flood daylight into the kitchen, too.

Choose a magic slot
This example also keeps the kitchen just outside of the extension, which again has been used for the dining table. But where three simple roof windows were used in the previous example, here a ‘slot’ roof light creates a swathe of daylight over the kitchen and lifts the whole effect.

Photo by Architect Your Home

Be dynamic…
By using exposed brick and full-height bifold doors, this essentially simple extension to a terrace house also brings the outside space in.

However the project – which is in basic terms a simple box – cleverly defies its simplicity with a really funky ceiling-scape that’s full of exciting changes of slope and angle and interesting triangular roof lights. It all equates to a dynamic space.

…or classic
If the contemporary or minimalist look is not your thing, an open kitchen/dining space with lots of glazing can be equally effective designed in a more classic style. Here, steel-framed French windows, classic pendants, Shaker-influenced kitchen units and a range cooker give a very different and distinct flavour.

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Let a lantern be your light
Another option for those leaning towards a more classic style is to have a large roof lantern. People who want to avoid too much modernity often recoil at the idea of a flat roof despite the cost savings (flat roofs are almost always cheaper, though glazing makes both flat and pitched roofs more expensive). However, a flat roof can be concealed behind a parapet wall and also have a huge opening for a roof lantern (either a pitched or a flat one), and this arrangement is an entirely different matter: daylight will pour in, even if the rest of the extension is not heavily glazed.

The other big benefit of a roof lantern is that it can become something of a centrepiece, particularly if stationed above a table or island.

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