Our collection of brilliant kitchen extension ideas will give prospective projects food for thought and plenty of design inspiration. No matter what stage your project is at, these ideas of all shapes sizes and budget (including before and after galleries) are both achievable and show-stopping.
One of the most popular reasons for building an extension, creating a bigger kitchen space is a great way to curate a new hub of the family home.
From small side returns on a terrace houses to full-width rear extensions on semi-detached properties, kitchen extensions offer the chance to rearrange a layout which doesn't quite work for your lifestyle and can give a tired home a new lease of life.
Use Kitchen Extension Ideas to Create a Great Brief
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Whether you're working with an architect, designer or doing the planning on a DIY basis, hunting around to find kitchen ideas, designs and styles that inspire you, or would work with your existing home, is a fantastic starting point to work out a priority list.
Try to consider what the new kitchen space will be used for. Kitchens are rarely used simple to cook in anymore, so considering family seating, a small home office space or a children's play area will help kick start the layout.
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Add a Rear Extension to a Semi-Detached House
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Creating much-needed space with a rear kitchen extension can transform a semi detached home. It's not often this style of homes is organised to make the most of garden views or to house a large, open-plan cooking area so extending to the back can unlock their potential.
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Transform a Galley Kitchen with an L-shaped Wrap-around Extension
Open up a dark and pokey galley kitchen with a wrap around extension. Extending out to the rear and side will not only increase a home's value, but by rearranging the existing rooms to suit a particular lifestyle will also make the layout flow more easily.
Open Out Onto the Garden Using a Small Kitchen Extension
Kitchen extensions don't have to be huge, sprawling design to transform an existing house. By utilising large glazing and window styles and other small kitchen extension ideas, a greater connection with the garden can be established without making it smaller.
Bifold or sliding patio doors are fantastic options that offer views out all year round, while getting inspired by orangery designs and installing a large roof lantern can bring in plenty of natural light to the new space.
Go Sustainable When Choosing Fixtures and Fittings
While a brand new kitchen bespoke to the space and your lifestyle is extremely tempting during a project, considering a second hand kitchen is an amazing way to cut-costs or get a higher-quality finish for less.
This beautiful walnut kitchen in an orangery-inspired extension was originally priced at £60,000 and designed for another family home. The new owner bought it from the Used Kitchen Exchange for just £9,000 complete with Miele appliances.
The Hub of the Home: A Kitchen and Family Room Extension
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Open plan has long dominated kitchen extension layout designs, and for good reason, but be sure to take the time to organise the space from the early planning stages.
For ideas on how to design a combined kitchen, diner and family room – from circulation spaces to buying appliances – take a look at our guide to open plan kitchens.
Mix Materials for a Stand-out Kitchen Extension
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A new extension is not just an opportunity to transform interior spaces, but also to give the exterior of a tired or dated home a refresh and regeneration.
Opting for interesting house cladding choices can take an extension from being a square box to a stunning new space with wow-factor.
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Extend to the Side for a Spacious Terrace Kitchen
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Utilising the wasted space to the side of a terrace house is one of the most popular extension designs. Essentially doubling the size of the kitchen space, often a dining or sitting area is created.
Assistant Editor Amy began working for Homebuilding & Renovating in 2018. She has an interest in sustainable building methods and always has her eye on the latest design ideas. Amy has interviewed countless self builders, renovators and extenders about their experiences for Homebuilding & Renovating magazine. She is currently renovating a mid-century home, together with her partner, on a DIY basis, and has recently fitted her own kitchen.
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