Planning an extension? Whether you want to extend your kitchen to the side, rear, or garden, you should plan it carefully. Start by identifying what part of the kitchen you want to extend, and ask for professional help when you’re planning the details.
If you love cooking and have been dreaming of having a bigger kitchen, an extension is a perfect fit for you! With this, you’ll have to work with the space available to you and create an impression of a bigger kitchen, whether it’s in the form of a physical extension or visual tricks (like using glass and lighting techniques).
You can find a lot of inspiration when it comes to kitchen and home extensions like these 7 tips below!
1. Fancy dining area
Want to have a new experience when dining in your house? Change the ambiance by extending your kitchen with a smooth transition to the garden. With this, you can simply extend the roof so it’s easy to dine outside whenever you like.
Install something that appears to be seamlessly connecting the two spaces into one like sliding doors. Furthermore, it’ll be easier to have good ventilation and enjoy the open space at the same time. You can just put a dining set outside that’s made of steel or rattan to make it look more classy.
2. Glass ceiling and wall
If it annoys you that your kitchen is always the darkest room in the house, it’s time to lighten it up! Don’t be scared to install glass ceilings or skylight and glass walls. After all, it’s never weird to go crazy about being glassy.
Normally, it’s nice to have natural light in the kitchen area but if you’re not a fan of it, you can always change the paint of the kitchen with colours that don’t reflect too much light. Aside from the light, you will also see the view from the outside which will make you feel relaxed while cooking. Moreover, glass ceilings and walls can make a small kitchen look wider and bigger.
3. Rear and side extension
Use your space conveniently by having the kitchen extension in the rear and side, which are both popular when it comes to home extensions. You don’t need to combine these two, just choose one, since they’ll both give your kitchen enough space.
If you like the rear extension, you should plan a seamless transition so that it’ll not look like an added room. On the other hand, if your garden is small you should choose a side extension because it doesn’t occupy too much space.
4. Highlight the structure
Love home extensions but afraid of damaging the structure of the house? You don’t have to remove anything. All you need to do is to cover the structure, and make it a part of the overall design that fits your place! Before you know it, you’ll have a mix of traditional and modern kitchen designs.
When incorporating an existing structure in an extension, like a steel beam, make sure the transition is seamless so it won’t look like it’s been forced to be a part of the design. You should give it a purpose and not just paint it like the other parts.
5. Bricks and rustic
Exposing a brick wall can give your kitchen a warm ambiance and texture. It can also highlight the white ceilings and the other walls adjacent to it. Focusing on the ambiance, you can also add high chairs and improve your bar to give a more rustic vibe. If you want to maintain the vibe within the whole room, you can stick with wooden furniture, some indoor plants, and timeless wooden floors.
6. Remove the wall
One of the most popular options when having home extensions is removing the wall to create an open living room style. Exposing the whole area creates a more cosy yet inviting feeling because the ventilation will improve as well as the lighting.
7. Simple and traditional
Go for the simple and traditional kitchen extension if you don’t want too much change, and you just need extra space. Besides, it’ll cost you much less if you just add a square foot or two to your existing kitchen.
But even though you settled for the simple extension, your kitchen shouldn’t look mediocre. The finishing touches (such as wall paint and decors) will play a huge role in your space, so you need to be creative and playful!
Now that you have basic options for your kitchen extension, you can now plan what you want! Don’t forget to share with us which design idea is your favourite!
About the author:
Aliana Baraquio currently writes for Cubbit’s Granny Flats Australia, a family-owned-and-operated business that delivers Granny Flats and Home Extensions for customers for over 25 years across NSW and ACT. She also loves interior designing and home makeovers.