Kitchen extensions are undoubtedly one of the most popular types of extension in Essex. More and more homeowners are opting for bright, airy, open-plan kitchen/diners that let them take care of the cooking while entertaining guests or just making sure that the kids do their homework at the table.
These extensions can be added to practically any house, from terraced period buildings to new builds that need a bit more breathing space. Depending on the layout of your house, you may need to do some additional re-modelling inside to make sure that your rooms flow well.
Will I Need Planning Permission?
Whether or not you need planning permission for your kitchen extension depends on a variety of factors, and nobody can provide a definitive yes or no without knowing the scope of your plans, where you live, and what permitted developments have already been built on your home. You could potentially build a single-storey house extension without the need for planning permission, provided that you work within the rules for permitted developments within your area. These place restrictions on the size of your extension (depending on whether it is a detached or attached house and the distance from boundaries) and puts limitations on the materials you can use (the extension will need to match the rest of your building in external appearance). This does mean that if you would like to build a very large extension or a modern extension with plenty of glazing, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to do it as a permitted development. However, if you want to build a relatively modest extension that blends in with the rest of your house, there is a good chance that you won’t need to go through planning permission.
There are also limits on the number of permitted developments you can add to your home. If you or any previous owners have already built a loft conversion or garage, for example, that improvement will have ‘used up’ the allowed permitted developments for the building. However, it is always worth checking.
Kitchen Extension Ideas
Websites like Houzz and Pinterest have plenty of inspiration for beautiful kitchen extensions, and it is always worth looking through some ideas so that you can let your builders know exactly what you want. It’s particularly helpful during the quoting stage to know whether you want things like skylights, bifold doors, or additional rooms since these features can add to the overall cost of your extension.
Some popular ideas among our clients are:
- Bifold doors that let you remove most of your external wall in summer to let the breeze in
- Skylights to make the most of your available natural light
- Kitchen islands to make food preparation easier
- Large, American-style fridge/freezers so you never have to worry about having enough room again
- A purpose-built pantry for cooking enthusiasts
- Miniature wine cellars under the kitchen floor
- Breakfast bars for quick meals
- Multiple French doors that open up into the garden
Do you love these ideas? Do you have your own? Get in touch to discuss your kitchen extension today.