The kitchen becomes the heart of the home when socialising, but without efficient room and storage space, the kitchen can feel like a dark space that you try to avoid. But what if we told you that through home renovations, you could completely transform and increase the size of your kitchen without the hassle of moving? Through the use of a home extension, you can increase your kitchen floor space and incorporates features that you never thought were possible, from a kitchen island to a dining table – you’ll be surprised how much you can transform your socialising hub through an extension. Whether you have looked into kitchen extensions before or you’re not sure where to start with your planning, we have come up with a few kitchen extension design ideas to keep in mind when bringing your vision to life.

Kitchen Extension Design Ideas For Inspiration

Kitchen extensions have become increasingly popular in the home renovation industry, with many of our clients opting for a single or double-storey extension to elevate their living space. Unlike renovation alternatives such as a conservatory, home extensions allow you to create a space that is seamlessly incorporated into your home, making it feel bigger and brighter without losing or changing the aesthetics of your property; unless you wish to do so. You can choose everything from the layout and shape of your home extension to the materials used on the roof, doors and windows, making it easier than ever to completely tailor and personalise your space to your style preferences.

As specialists in house extensions in Thurrock and the surrounding areas, we have a fair few tricks up our sleeves that allow all homes, no matter their size, space they have to work with or whether it is a new build or period home, to enjoy the luxury of a kitchen extension. Due to there being so much to think about when investing in renovations, here are a few design ideas that many of our client’s love incorporating:

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Side Return Kitchen Extension

Many new build properties have been designed with a small garden, which is one of the reasons why some homeowners feel that they are unable to extend their home and kitchen. However, there are plenty of other ways that you can maximise on space without having to compromise on your garden size. One of these options that we truly love is the side return extension; this is where the extension is built onto the side of the home rather than the back. A side return extension is ideal for those that have space on either side of their home, allowing them to extend the property on both sides or one if they live in a semi-detached home. This is a great way to use wasted space, particularly if your kitchen is situated on the side of the home that the extension will be fitted. If this is an option for your home, then we would suggest having a double-storey extension, as this space tends to be minimal, so you may as well make the most out of it.

On the other hand, a single-storey extension is perfect for those that have little light coming into the kitchen space, as it allows you to incorporate Velux windows (also known as skylights) or a glass lean-to roof. By adding windows onto the extend space, you can make the area feel lighter, bright and even bigger, ensuring that you get the most out of your new home addition. If you are unsure whether this is the root for you and would like to know more about the benefits of side extensions, then we suggest taking a look at the handy article featured on Real Homes.

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L-Shape Diner Extension

If you like the idea of a side extension but want to make sure that you make the most out of the space you have and feel that you require more room in the home, then an L-shaped extension is the perfect option for you. This is where the extension not only covers the side of the home, but also wraps around the back of the property. Not only does this help to add additional space onto your home, but it also gives you further options for interior design ideas. For example, the L-shaped extension can allow you to incorporate a kitchen island for more work surface and storage space, as well as a dining table to bring the family together or for socialising with friends.

Usually, the L-shaped extension is designed and built as a single-storey extension, but you can opt for a double-storey for a more dramatic transformation of your home. When building a single-storey L-shape extension for your kitchen, we would suggest building the side extension with a tiled roof to allow you to incorporate more kitchen facilities, while using a glass roof or lantern on the rear extension which is where your dining room with be situated. This helps to create an open space and the perfect setting for your dining area, incorporating the bright sky and beautiful garden into the home all year round.

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Pitched Roof

For those that have not yet done their research on the different types of roof available, let us introduce you to the pitched roof in a kitchen extension. A pitched roof is a slanted roof that is used for single-storey extensions and is most commonly accompanied by a large Velux window. We love this style of roof as it helps to emulate the feel of a large cottage with high-rise ceilings to make even the smallest of spaces feel big. One idea that is very common with pitched roofs is to have a large lantern, which mimics a conservatory style roof and combines it with a traditional tiled roof for a modern appearance. When designing kitchen extensions in Brentwood with the team, you can incorporate a lantern into the design of your roof, which will be made bespoke to your requirements. This allows you to make the lantern as big or small as you like, ensuring that you can enjoy a range of style choices regardless of the small or large space that you have to work with. For those thinking of incorporating a skylight or lantern, then we would suggest taking a look at the handy Grand Designs article.

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Maximise Light

When you have a small space to work with, light is going to be your best friend. It is always important when designing a home extension that you make sure you incorporate features such as bi-folding doors, or as discussed, Velux windows and lanterns. The reason for this is because the glass features you use will be lighting up the majority of your new home extension, and the more light you incorporate, the bigger the space will feel. Here are some extension design ideas to maximise on light:

  • Roof lanterns – the benefits of roof lanterns are that it allows natural light to enter the home from above, acting as a ceiling light in rain or shine. Not only this, but it can also raise the roof to make the space feel brighter and less claustrophobic.
  • Aluminium Bi-folding Doors – adding a bi-folding door onto your extension allows you to incorporate the garden into the kitchen while maximising on light as the door can be fitted from the highest point on the wall right down to the bottom. Aluminium allows you to incorporate this feature with thin finishes to maximise on glass while maintaining a strong and durable solution. Bi-folding doors also allow you to fully open up the space in the summer for light and ventilation.
  • Install Extra Light Fixtures – when designing your extension ensure that the team include extra light fittings so that you can flood the space with ceiling and wall lights at night.
  • Colour Palettes – a light colour palette will help to elevate the vibrancy of the room, which is ideal for smaller spaces. Try to avoid dark colours and opt for creams, light greys or even bright yellows and blues.
  • Use Mirrors – mirrors help to allow the light to bounce off the walls and across the room, making them an excellent feature to incorporate into your interior design. We love the kitchen mirrors ideas featured on Shelterness!

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Modernise Interior Design

As you can imagine, the design of the kitchen within the extension will have a significant impact on how the room feels and functions as a socialising hub. This means that you will need to take into consideration how you want the kitchen to look, what features will help make the room more functional, such as storage, and how can make sure that the room no longer feels small even though you may be adding more features. By knowing how you want to design your kitchen, it makes it considerably easier for you to create a kitchen extension in Thurrock that accommodates your needs. We love being creative with design ideas, so have a few suggestions that you can take into consideration when planning your new home addition:

  • Kitchen Island – whether you incorporate a breakfast table into this feature or you use your kitchen island as a storage solution, it can add a beautiful and elegant character to your kitchen design.
  • Smart Storage – storage is everything when it comes to the kitchen, and if you have a small kitchen it can begin to feel cramped without places to put all of your cooking appliances and tinned goods. There are now a host of smart storage solutions such as pull out larders that can help you make the most out of your kitchen space, ensuring that every inch of the cupboards are full.
  • Built-In Microwaves – microwaves can take up valuable space on the counter, making the work surface feel cramped. However, a built-in microwave oven can resolve this issue while also adding to the luxury and modern touch to your kitchen design.
  • Vented Hobs – much like the microwave, extractor hoods can take up valuable storage space and often look bulky. Instead, why not opt for a vented hob? this is where the extractor fan is located on the hob, allowing you to maximise on space.

If you are looking for design ideas and need a professional helping hand to transform your kitchen and bring your vision to life, then we would highly recommend contacting Build My Kitchen for some design advice. Their team are highly skilled in designing bespoke kitchens with a range of stunning collections, including a variety of storage solutions, luxury worktops and additional accessories.

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Design Your Dream Kitchen Space

Having a kitchen that allows you to enjoy your time as a family and socialise with friends all year round can easily be achieved through some home renovation projects. While it may seem like a hefty investment to make, it is a far cheaper alternative to moving home, and can even increase the value of your property. Whether you have already been considering a home or kitchen extension, or you would like to know more about how our team can help, then please feel free to contact our builders in Brentwood or the surrounding areas.