Extending a kitchen can be a lengthy and complicated proces that most people dream about but never actually go about doing. As any building work, it can get overwhelming and costly, but with proper planning, clear idea of what you want it to be and a budget planned out to a single penny, you should be good to go and get yourself a bright, big, new kitchen in no time. How to plan and design a kitchen extension without ruining the family budget, but still getting the most out of the renovation?
Map out your needs
Nobody gets an extension without a reason so yours is probably that you need a bigger kitchen. With modern technology at hand and busy lives of most people, kitchens have become the central point of a house and they are usually the one thing we are very particular about while designing the space. First of all, stand on the doorstep of your kitchen and think how much you can and how much you would like to extend. In most cases, the extension will go into the garden, making the outside space a little bit smaller. Think about how small you can agree on and how much do you value your patio and your green lawn over your kitchen area.
Next, map out your needs and see what you need space for. The extension itself will make the biggest dent in your budget so it’s good to have an idea on how big you want it to be and have it priced before you decide on new furniture or appliances. After all, you can buy a new dishwasher a year later, but you can’t leave your extension without a roof. It’s worth knowing, however, how much space will you need for said appliances and make sure they fit your plan.
Design the space for practical use
Although nice looking, almost magazine-like kitchens are a huge trend now, think about what you feel comfortable with and what will be practical in the long run. Kitchen means a lot of storage, having everything at hand when it’s needed and using the available space to the maximum. Remember, that you have space from the floor to the ceiling and use it fully – there’s no point extending if you have only few cupboards on the floor and bare walls. Keep your design simple and minimalistic – you can always add decorations, but you probably won’t change the architecture any time soon.