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One key element that gets overlooked frequently is the addition of a downstairs w/c or cloakroom into the plan...





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Building a Kitchen Extension
Tom Norris

Kitchen extensions have to be the most popular choice when it comes to extending the home and if done correctly they will have the most impact on the value of your property.

A half decent kitchen extension will add between 12% and 15% to the value of your home and if you really get it right then perhaps a little bit more. By half decent I mean an extension that suits the property rather than a bolt-on box which is not in keeping with the main property.

When planning an extension I always advise home-owners to take all of the ground floor into consideration as an extension will usually provide you with several options for a far more appealing layout.

One key element that gets overlooked frequently is the addition of a downstairs w/c or cloakroom into the new layout. All new homes built in the UK today include a w/c on the ground floor so pretty soon it will be seen as standard so bite the bullet make it a priority. It will also add value and help to make your home far more sellable.

On period properties such as the Victorian terrace the most popular way to extend is to fill in the side return whilst on a 1930’s semi home-owners either go out the side or rear.

Regardless of how much you think you know we always recommend that you start the project with an architect rather than a builder. The architect is likely to up to date with the new planning legislation, have a sound knowledge of the latest building materials and to be fully aware of the current trends where as a builder just won’t have deeper knowledge regardless of how good a builder he is.

Just look at the many types of extension photos on this site and you can’t fail to notice that we are now extending our homes using a far wider range of materials to suit varying tastes and budgets. Steel, glass, aluminium, chrome, hardwood, stone, brick, render are now been used in a thousands of different combinations to create modern living spaces and when done correctly you will certainly add more value than the cost of your extension.

If you’re currently considering adding a kitchen extension there are a number of further considerations below that you should pay attention to and in doing so you will be well rewarded.

Are You Going To Move House In The Next 5 Years?

Kitchen Extension Photos 2It’s an absolute fact that people spend many thousands of pounds adding an extension and doing up their property only to sell within a couple of years. Now the question is, if you knew you were going to move house would you really have:

Well unless you happen to be an architect or interior designer with a finger placed firmly on the current interior design trends then it’s most likely that you will have:

The truth is that many home-owners browse a few websites, read a few magazines and before you know it are off giving instructions to the builders without any real idea if the proposed works will:

Get it into your head that not all home improvements add value. Also, get it into your head that should you decide to spend 100 per metre on limestone flooring or 15k on a kitchen you could have wasted up to 75% of your money as you may not get it back when you sell.

Kitchen Extension Photos 3Different styles of properties require different designs when it comes to extending or refurbishing. Just because your large corner settee looked great in your open plan loft apartment doesn’t mean it will look well in a 3 bedroom 1930’s semi.

In effect, what I’m saying is that any kind of major refurbishment, layout change or addition should be carried out with the following considerations.

Budget - Am I refurbishing to sell or to keep? It’s an important consideration here as many home-owners waste many thousands of pounds on home improvements that they can’t possibly recoup when they sell.

Let’s say you had 2 properties. Property 1 had a value of 125k and property 2 had a value of 250k. Now would you really spend the same amount on a new kitchen or double glazing on each property? The answer is that you can but you would be losing money as the value and the location of the property needs to be considered when it comes to major refurbishments.

Design - Would you really add the same style of extension to 2 different properties? Just because you added an extension to one property and it worked really well, don’t go thinking that you will automatically get the same result on another property.

Each property is unique when it comes to designing the perfect home and as such deserves unique consideration rather than a standard bolt-on extension approach.

Interior Design - When it comes to creating new layouts and choosing finishing materials it’s absolutely essential that you do the research to establish what works best with your particular style of property. Bear in mind that at this point you should know if you’re refurbishing to sell within a few years or refurbishing to suit your own taste regardless.

We always advise getting in some specialist help to aid your decision making on whether a loft conversion is worth the effort, whether you should add a conservatory or in fact carry out any major improvements. Talk to your local estate agents if you want to find out if your proposal will add value, make the property more sellable or simply be a waste of money.

Architect - When it comes to layout changes, major refurbishments, extensions or conversions you should always engage the services of a local architect as the first step rather than calling the builders. In many cases builders tend to adopt particular styles and if given an opportunity they will be more than happy to steer you into a design and style that they like rather than a design that works best for your property and circumstance.

You also need to bear in mind that regardless of whether or not your proposals fall within permitted development you will still need drawings for building regulations approval and by drawings I mean technical drawings with sound arguments and calculations for energy saving especially if your design has a lot of glass.

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