Planning for a kitchen extension can be tricky, with lots of things to consider and a design to piece together. In many cases, this stress can be doubled when working with a small space. Luckily, a kitchen extension can help to expand the existing space that you have, making for more room to enjoy your kitchen and possibly extend with a dining area. If your home has a particularly small kitchen area, then a kitchen extension can help incorporate additional storage, allowing you to introduce an abundance of appliances, such as a dishwasher, to make life a little easier for those with a family.

Whether you have plans to create a new kitchen extension, or wish to find out more about the many possibilities that are available, our guide will cover a range of small kitchen extension ideas for you to keep in mind when working with the JVH Building Services team.

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Small Kitchen Extension Ideas For Inspiration

As professionals in transforming the homes of our clients with house extensions, loft conversions and kitchen extensions in Basildon, we have a whole host of ideas to give you some food for thought when considering your design. From the layout of the room to the materials used, every aspect of your extension can have a dramatic impact on how it feels in terms of aesthetics and space. For example, incorporating lots of natural lighting into your design through doors into the garden and windows, as well as lighter materials, can significantly impact how big the space feels.

The best thing to do is to start looking online for ideas or speaking to our professionals. The JVH Building Services team can provide you with a helping hand in finding the best solution for your requirements and home. When contacting our builders in Billericay and the surrounding areas, you will be provided with experienced individuals that can bring your vision to life and help you to unlock the potential of your property.

So, to help you find the perfect solution and design for your home, we have pieced together some of our favourite small kitchen extension ideas, including advice on the best locations to find inspiration.

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Finding A Helping Hand

When designing and piecing together your new kitchen extension, it can be hard to know where to start. You will have a million and one questions in your head, and while you may know that you need space, you may have no idea how to create that space and how to decorate it. There are tons of ideas that you can take into consideration, from open plan living to maximising light through beautifully placed skylights, bi-folding doors and much more. Whether you are stuck for ideas and have no clue where to start, or you know exactly what you want but have a few questions that need answering before you go ahead, take a look at the websites below and frequently asked questions over on our FAQ page.

Sites For Inspiration

Below you can find a few websites that are ideal for providing some ideas for your kitchen extension.

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How Much is A Kitchen Extension?

A lot of people often search and ask, “how much is a kitchen extension?”, but unfortunately, without visiting your home, it is impossible to give you a definite answer to this question. As a rough guide, most builders will charge between £1,260 and £1,680 per square metre, but there are many factors that can make the cost of your extension at the higher or lower end of this price bracket. Of course, one of the factors that will be considered is the team that you are working with. You want to ensure that your builders are highly experienced and well versed in kitchen extensions, and can provide you with case studies and examples of the work they have completed in the past. While the experience of the team may not necessarily factor into the pricing, in some cases, this can be why your extension costs slightly more than if you were to go elsewhere, but it will give you the peace of mind that you’re working with skilled builders.

There are many other factors that can contribute to the price of your extension, some of which you can alter to make sure that it fits within your budget. If you are working to a budget, then we recommend speaking with our team, who will be able to advise you on the best options for your home, and how you can stay on budget. Find below some factors that can alter the price or quote of your extension:

  • Materials – there are multiple materials for you to choose from, many costing much more than others. In general, natural materials tend to cost more than manufactured materials. For example, stone is a lot more extensive than brick or porcelain. While you may wish to opt for the cheaper material, we would always recommend keeping high quality in mind. For example, uPVC may be cheaper to use for windows and doors for your extension, but when purchased from the right manufacture, it can be one of the highest-quality materials you can use.
  • Space – as mentioned previously, extension prices are based on square metres, meaning that the bigger you wish to have your extension, the more it is going to cost. Because of this, if you have the budget to do so, then many clients opt for double-storey extensions to provide them with kitchen space, dining space and additional room in bedrooms.
  • Products – how many and the type of products that you wish to bring into your kitchen extension will also factor towards the price. For example, if you wish to introduce multiple skylight windows, then this will cost more. Other products can also include those you design into the kitchen, such as washing machines, built-in coffee machines and more.
  • Time – the time it takes for the team to work on your project may also contribute to the pricing, as they could charge on a per hour basis. Some extensions can be harder than others, resulting in the team spending more time with you to complete your project, which they could charge for.
  • Additional Services – if you wish to add other services onto your extension, such as landscaping, for example, then this will increase your quote. This is important to keep in mind when working on your project, as many factor in the initial cost of the quote and not additional payments made for changes. However, in many cases, halfway through the build, some clients decide to add services that make them spend more than their original budget.

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Kitchen Diner Extension Ideas

Not all homes have room for a dining table, which often results in the living room being crammed with a sofa and table. This is one of the main reasons why many families choose to have a kitchen extension, as it allows them to add a dining room. There are multiple layouts that you can incorporate into your kitchen diner extension ideas, such as placing the dining table at the side of the room and create what looks like two rooms that utilise the open plan feel that is popular at the moment. On the other hand, you could also opt for having the dining table in the centre of the kitchen to create a statement piece.

If you are looking to extend the kitchen worktops and storage, which means you have little space for a dining table, then you could always consider a breakfast bar. Breakfast bars are exceptionally popular, placed at the end of the worktop, on a kitchen island or even as a separate table pushed up against a wall. You can find a host of breakfast tables on Mano Mano and a stunning selection of stools over on Atlantic Shopping to suit your aesthetic.

Narrow Kitchen Extension Ideas

A narrow kitchen can be one of the hardest to design, as you will need to take into consideration the limited space you will have. Narrow kitchen extensions are often created as the back of the home is extended to elongate the kitchen for more storage, making it ideal for incorporating a range of smart storage solutions into your design. While a narrow kitchen may make it hard to introduce a dining table or kitchen island, there are still tons of ways that you can make the space feel bigger and brighter while also maintaining an abundance of style.

In a narrow space, lighting is going to be your best friend, as it allows the light to travel through the kitchen, opening up the space. We recommend achieving this through the use of skylights as well as large lights dotted around the kitchen. While modern light designs often focus on slightly dim and softer lighting, this can make a narrow kitchen feel even darker and smaller. Ideal Home has a range of lighting styles to help you piece together some narrow kitchen extension ideas.

The colours that you use for your kitchen walls, cabinets and even flooring can have a dramatic effect on how big or small the space feels. In many traditional homes where the kitchen is narrow, homeowners tend to use geometric style tiles with light colour palettes. White looks absolutely stunning with patterned tiles, and popping some green plants around the kitchen creates a modern touch to an eclectic style. Here are some images to help you visualise our ideas and give you some inspiration:

Small Kitchen Extension Ideas To Maximise Storage

In any kitchen, big or small, storage is a vital part of the design, and while style may be at the forefront of your decisions, you want to carefully consider your storage solutions. There are tons of small kitchen extension ideas to maximise storage, from internal solutions to adding style with shelving, glass jars and much more. Some of our favourite storage solutions include the following:

  • Carousel – for cupboards in the corners of your kitchen that are hard to reach, a carousel allows you to access every part of the cupboard with ease. Simply pull out the carousel, which is often attached to the door.
  • Pull Out Pantry – this is a great solution for those that have no space for their oils, coffee syrups or wine bottles. The entire door moves away from the unit to reveal a hidden pantry. We recommend purchasing a label maker and storing products such as flour or sugar in clear containers and labelling them.
  • Floor To Ceiling Cabinets – utilise every crevice in your kitchen by installing cabinets that cover the entire wall from floor to ceiling.
  • Hang Utensils – create hanging space on your backsplash or any unused wall that can then be used to hang pots, pans, mugs, utensils, and so much more.
  • Floating Shelves – Adding a shelf into your kitchen is a great idea for those that love cookbooks. You can store pretty much anything on your shelves, you just need to ensure that it stays in keeping with your aesthetics. Using clear jars as mentioned above will also be a handy solution for your shelves.

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Your Dream Kitchen, No Matter The Size

Regardless of the space that you have to work with, there is plenty of ideas and solutions that you can be incorporate into your home and kitchen design to achieve your vision. The JVH Building Services team are dedicated to helping you to achieve this, and are more than happy to help design the perfect kitchen extensions in Wickford and the surrounding areas. Whether you already have a design in mind or our ideas have given you the urge to extend your home, please do not hesitate to give our team a call.