Kitchen extensions: Our expert guide to planning, building regs, costs and more

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A kitchen extension can add invaluable space to your home (Image credit: Future)

Whether you're looking to create a more open plan feel to your kitchen and dining space, or simply increase the floor plan of a cramped cooking environment, a kitchen extension can be the solution.

But transforming your kitchen, regardless of the size or style that you choose, is a big project. Involving a variety of trades from builders through to kitchen fitters, the associated costs and materials involved means it's important to get it right at every stage of the process.

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Rick Fabrizio

Rick  is a seasoned RIBA Chartered Architect with over 15  years of diverse experience in the construction industry across the UK, Europe, and the GCC. Specialising in retrofit, exquisite residential design and project management, he has also cultivated expertise in modern interiors. An ardent supporter of regenerative architecture and sustainable living, Rick boasts extensive experience in the UK planning system and a keen interest in alternative construction methods.

Michael Holmes

Michael is Homebuilding & Renovating's Director of Content, Vice Chair of the self build industry body, the National Custom and Self Build Association (NaCSBA), presenter of multiple property TV shows and author of Renovating for Profit (Ebury). He also runs an architectural and interior design practice, offering design and project management services. He is one of the country's leading property experts and has undertaken over 30 building projects including two self-builds and the renovation of a Grade-II listed farmhouse. 

Michael has presented over 150 property shows for BBC, ITV1, Channel 5, UK TV Style, and Discovery RealTime, including I Own Britain's Best Home; Don't Move Improve; Trading Up; Good Bid, Good Buy; Build, Buy or Restore?; How to Build A House; and Hard Sell.

Michael is also a regular expert at the Homebuilding & Renovating Shows. He has written for leading British newspapers, including The Daily Telegraph, Sunday Times, Daily Express and The Independent and has appeared on news programmes such as BBC Breakfast.