If there is one room in the home that people could do with more space, it is the kitchen. It doesn’t matter how large your kitchen is already, people will always want some more room to throw in a few extra cabinets, maybe a table to eat at, or just some space to move around in. There are plenty of ways in which you can go about this, but one of the best routes to take is a home extension. On this page, we are going to share a few tips and tricks for kitchen extensions.
Firstly, you may want to think about why you are extending your kitchen. People, generally, do it for one of two reasons:
- For their benefit.
- To increase the value of their home.
Now, if you are extending your kitchen for your benefit, then you don’t have to think about too much here. However, if you are looking to increase the value of your home just before you sell it on, then you will want to talk to an estate agent. Contrary to popular belief, not all home extensions are going to increase the value of a home drastically. In fact, some home extensions will increase the value of the home less than it actually cost for the home extension to be carried out in the first place. This means that you will end up making a loss on the project!
It is important to note that your home extension is probably going to cost more than you thought. It is important that you come up with a budget beforehand so you do not end up with any major surprises. Think about the following:
- The cost of applying for planning permission in your area. This is something which many people forget about. However, in most cases, you are going to need to have planning permission to have a kitchen extension.
- The cost of hiring the builder. You will want to obtain a few quotes from a few reputable builders during the ‘budget’ stage. Remember, you won’t just be paying for a couple of bricks to be put in place. The area will need to be wired and heated too! If you are putting water appliances there, then you will also need some plumbing.
- The cost of the furniture that you will be putting in the area.
- The cost of decorating.
We always suggest that you budget a little bit more than you think that you are going to end up spending. I am sure you have all seen those ‘home design’ programs. Things will crop up which will cause the project cost to shoot up. It is always good to have a little bit of a buffer that you can tap into. This will ensure that you do not end up with a project that stalls. There is nothing worse than a project which you can’t proceed with!
Good luck with your home extension!