Everything you need to know about kitchen extensions

A kitchen extension is a big commitment, we understand that. But, if it’s done right, it can totally transform your home, your life and increase the value of your property.

Extending your kitchen is a large undertaking, so it is important that you have all the facts and as much information as possible when making this investment. Below we share the top things you need to know before embarking on an extension, to ensure you come out with the kitchen of your dreams.

The costs involved

The first thing you need to know before planning your kitchen extension is what it most likely is going to cost you. While it depends on the size and location of your project, a typical kitchen extension can cost anything between £20,000 to £50,000, excluding VAT.

A side return kitchen extension will cost around £50,000 while a rear extension will only set you back around £30,000. It’s important that you decide on the type of extension you’re looking for as this will determine how much you will be spending.

The value they add

We know the above may sound like a lot to spend on simply extending your kitchen, but when it comes to the value of your property, it is certainly worth it. Extending your kitchen can potentially add up to 15% added value to your property This is a great project to tackle if you plan on selling your home somewhere down the line.

Make sure you understand the timings

Probably the most important thing we can stress is that extending your kitchen might sound like a quick job, but it really isn’t. There are several stages involved when it comes to extending your home and each one can vary as to how long it’s going to take. Obtaining building control approval, for example, can take up to eight weeks.

You also need to take into consideration that the people you hire will also have their own timings, which they should advise you on before starting work of course.

Building regulations

Yes, you need planning permission to extend your kitchen. But did you know that you also need to comply with building regulations?

Building regulations are a set of safety standards that your property must comply with, or you could face hefty fines or even be told to demolish your build. Building regulations cover everything from structural safety to electrical safety and even ventilation. The easiest way to ensure that you comply with these regulations is to involve a structural engineer who can add technical details to your drawings that can then be used by your contractor to meet the standards.

You’ll need to make alternative arrangements for meals

While your kitchen is being extended, it is likely that you will not be able to use even a portion of it to prepare meals. Make sure you have budgeted for eating out or ordering in for the entire duration that your renovations are taking place.

Remember that there is the chance that completing the extension could always take longer due to unexpected delays, which are always a possibility. Make sure you are equipped to keep your family fed for the entire duration.

You will need a structural designer and engineer

To extend your kitchen, you will need to have both a structural designer and a structural engineer involved in the process.

A structural designer will help with the planning of your extension as well as the technical drawings you will need.

A structural engineer will provide key structural calculations to your chosen contractor. They will also provide guidance on the materials you plan to use, the site location, the weight of the build, and the structural support needed for the extension. Contact us to get a quote for your structural design and engineering needs.

Make sure everybody is insured

Did you know that your current home insurer will most likely stop covering your home as soon as you start work on your kitchen extension? It stops being applied for any structural change. For this reason, be sure to take out site insurance to make sure you’re protected. You will also need to ensure that all your contractors have insurance too.

Everything we’ve spoken about above are things you need to consider if you want to extend your kitchen. But there are plenty of moving parts that you need to understand too. Check out our blog to find all the hints, tips, and advice you need to get your kitchen extension done right.