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7 Tips on Kitchen Extensions: London Builders' Guide

A kitchen extension is a popular choice among West London property owners. Expanding the excising kitchen can transform the interior space, creating a room for cooking, dining and family gatherings with the advantage of a stunning garden view.

The main argument against kitchen extension is often the loss of valuable garden space. However, there are several ways and techniques to expand your home without giving up much outdoor space. Here are our top tips on London kitchen extensions.

1. Where to Place It: Side return, Rear or Wrap-Around

The first step is to think through the existing space and decide on where to place the extension. You can choose to extend to the side, at the rear side or maximising the space with the combination of both, a wrap-around extension.

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If you can’t decide which one is the best option for you read our article about side return, rear and wrap-around extensions or contact a builder for advice.

2. Think About the Layout

The second step is to decide on the internal layout of your future kitchen. You can go for an open-plan kitchen, dining and family room using creative ways to divide the different parts of the room. We advise placing the living and dining area nearest the garden to benefit from the natural light. The kitchen area will be the darkest part of the room but with roof lights and roof lanterns, you can provide enough daylight.

L Shaped Kitchen by Modus Kitchen

When it comes to the kitchen’s design, bear functionality in mind; depending on the space and layout, you can go with a galley kitchen, an L-shaped kitchen or a U shaped kitchen.

3. Think About Every Season

When you are planning a home extension you have to consider how you will use the space throughout the seasons. The layout has to be simultaneous with your lifestyle; do you need to access the garden easily, do you have kids who will play in this new space, how many natural lights do you need. If you go for an open-planned space, the increased space and the larger amount of doors and windows can increase heating expenditures, so high-quality glazing and insulation is essent