Given the kitchen’s status as the central hub of the home, a place where friends and family ties get closer over breakfast, tea, a quick snack, luxurious lunches or decadent dinners, it makes sense for this space to be an ideal, inviting environment. As a serious investment, why don’t sign yourself up for a London architect to come and spruce things up a little bit? A new, modern luxury kitchen extension design that is a pleasure to look at and work in is surely on every homeowner’s bucket list.
We think your dream home extension and/or update has three key points:
And these coupled with the right materials will put you on the path to your ideal kitchen extension design. Be sure to enlist the help of your architect – they will accompany you from start to finish, implementing your design and ensuring that it is not only beautiful, but functional for years to come. They will also make sure that your kitchen extension design receives the planning permission approval it needs, if you are going for something more ambitious.
In this article, we’ve listed five benefits of extending and updating your kitchen in London, before diving into the more complex issues of actually getting planning permission. It certainly helps to know what the other side are expecting when you start out!
Now, you know that a kitchen renovation would definitely increase the value of your property in London and in the UK when it comes to selling or renting it out in the near future. Whichever option you choose, they both offer good results in getting that extra income you can use to be more financially resilient. It will make your house not only easier to sell but it will also be worth more. Even if you’re planning to actually live in your home, this all means you are adding value to your asset!
Getting extra triple energy bills on kitchen appliances has probably made you exhausted. I am certain, however, that this is because you are not using energy efficient kitchen appliances. For example, renewable energy sources make life easier and save you money. In addition, energy-saving appliances such as programmable ovens and low-energy microwaves can cook food without using excessive electricity or natural gas (beneficial for both you and the environment – it’s a no-brainer!). Also, building a new rear modern kitchen extension with sustainable materials when you update the room will also help you to save money too. In short, an environmentally friendly kitchen extension cuts down your energy bills and less money comes out of your pocket.
Does your kitchen look old-fashioned? Do you have outdated kitchen cabinets or worktop that is not good for use anymore? Is it all a bit 1980s or 1990s to look at?
If you just answered YES to the above then, believe me, it’s time for a kitchen extension! With a new design depending on how you want it to look and flow around the way you use your kitchen, and with energy efficient kitchen appliances, you will start to see that these are all more affordable, as now luxury brands are providing a wide range of styles for almost any budget. Out and old-fashioned appliances are not time-saving or cost-effective kitchen elements, and they will only bring you expensive bills and time-wasting in the long run. Investing in the elegant appliances you need will reap its own benefits!
Some kitchens simply do not meet individuals’ needs or preferences, making it difficult to prepare meals, entertain or even clean up. As you grow older, your cooking skills may develop, your family may get bigger and you’ll eventually need extra space for more preparation, storage and cooking than ever before.
These are signs you need a kitchen extension with a smart, legible and spacious layout with a sensible service area for serving drinks or a meal to your guests. When you choose to renovate, you can totally redesign the area with your architect so that it suits your needs perfectly.
As your family expands, so will your kitchen. Some prefer buying a whole new home with a larger luxury kitchen design, however, you can a smart and simple solution is a renovation and/or kitchen extension with the help of an experienced Architect.
If you have kids, it means you should have the extra space to provide child-friendly living spaces for everything. That is why almost half of the landlords in London that are building kitchen extensions are doing so not only to add value but also to add space and comfort. We all know growing families need more ease of movement around the home, and most importantly, in the kitchen. Less traffic means more time to really enjoy the space and get the most out of it!
So, now you’re convinced of the benefits of a kitchen extension/update, let’s go into the nitty-gritty of the process. At Urbanist Architecture, we are known as London’s most popular Extension Architects precisely because we provide you with the information you need to take this fantastic decision and then help you make it a reality. Before you finish this article, we’re sure you’ll find yourself dreaming about your new kitchen…
Knowing exactly what you want is the best way to start your renovation, and a good point to start is reflecting on what you like and dislike about your existing kitchen. Deciding on the elements you would like to keep from your existing kitchen will give you a kick start on producing the best kitchen design. Whether you go for a new extension or renovating an existing kitchen space, you must be careful when deciding the most suitable layout, as it should be flexible enough to accommodate any changes you make in the future.
The layout of your new luxury kitchen extension will depend on your lifestyle, and there are three commonly used layouts: the U, L and G shaped kitchen designs.
The U shape kitchen design creates a very compact triangle, with short distances between your preparing, cooking, and washing-up areas. This shape works very well with a square kitchen or when you have a large space and a basic working area.
An L-shaped layout will allow you to place the appliances in a triangle on two of the walls, and in most cases the fridge will be placed at one end, the sink towards the centre of the same wall and the hob on the short leg of the L. In comparison to the U-shaped layout, the L will have the long side facing towards the room rather than the short side.
The G shape (also known as Galley) is similar to the L-shape and will allow two of the appliances to be placed on one wall and the third appliance to be placed at the part separating the working area from the family room.
Positioning the hob, refrigerator and the sink is very important, as they should form a triangle. This area sees the most activity, and so requires careful spatial planning to get the greatest level of efficiency out of your new kitchen.
Of the three main appliances, the sink is perhaps the most decisive in terms of location as it is used most often and needs to obviously be placed near existing pipework. It should also have easy access to the refrigerator as well as the hob,
Depending on the layout of your new kitchen extension, an island in the centre could operate as a dinner table as well as an extra workstation. This piece of freestanding furniture is the same height as a worktop counter and is a great solution for a lack of worktops and storage, as it allows you to have both extra hidden cabinets and shelves.
With any luck, you are beginning to see how this triangle rule can help you design and build your dream kitchen extension, and how this has influenced one of our designs for a small kitchen extension.
Now that you’ve figured out the perfect layout for your new modern kitchen extension, it’s time to consider lighting – this is just as important, as it ensures safety and is also key to creating the right atmosphere when you update your kitchen.
Making the most of natural lighting should be your initial step, as this is a great way to enhance the spatial quality of your room, and you want to get as much as you can into your kitchen renovation. With a new or existing home extension, you could select a large range of Velux skylights to flood the kitchen with sunlight, as well as patio doors that fold right back to open the kitchen up into the garden. Focussed artificial lighting should also be considered for areas such as the worktops and the hob, and softer more ambient lighting is good for the dining areas.
One of the more popular interior design concepts we use here at Urbanist Architecture is to use mirrors to maximise sunlight, as they are a very effective way of increasing the general light level of your kitchen.
Obviously, the colour scheme for your kitchen remodel is also very significant and you should consider your choice of colours mindfully, as they will set the tone for how you feel when you enter. Moreover, choosing the right colour could make your kitchen seem more spacious than it actually is if you have a smaller kitchen.
You should know the characteristics of the colour that you choose when you move forward with your project. White will give a sense of cleanliness and freshness, but needs to be used carefully to avoid a sense of clinicalness… Rich yellows will allow you and guests to be positive and happy… Orange or red are strong choices that typically represent warmth and comfort but should be used sparingly. Using darker, more saturated colours such as teal or emerald green is another striking option to make the space feel cosier, but again need to be applied with care to avoid seeming overwhelming. As with the lighting, a complementary combination approach for different areas could be the solution.
Choice of materials is key to creating that feeling of luxuriousness and comfort. For example, using contrasting tones of marble brings out the richness of this high-end material. Of course, maintenance with marble is also easy, and combined with other hard-wearing materials such as European oak or American walnut it looks classy and timeless. Choosing the right standout accessories to match or contrast with the natural patterns will definitely give your new kitchen the personality it needs, as well as giving you reasons to be there as often as possible. Here we have a beautiful example of wood being used in this large kitchen extension.
When you draw up your kitchen extension plans, it’ll be a comfortable, luxurious feel you’ll want, as it is a space to spend time as much as cook in. As such, don’t be afraid to be ambitious and think outside the box to produce design together with your architect that’s completely different. With your input, they can reflect on these points to provide you with a uniquely creative design depending on your needs and wants.
As you might expect, we also provide supply and fitting services in partnership with only the top Italian and German kitchen brands. We can manage the whole process from initial designs to handover, designing, supplying and installing contemporary luxurious kitchens in London homes. Above are a few pictures from our latest projects.
A common question we get at Urbanist Architecture is on how to complete beautiful kitchen projects. The answer is simple and short:
We take pride in fully dedicating ourselves to each and every kitchen design and build project we are given, presenting clients like you with contemporary kitchen designs as 3D photo-realistic images, so rest assured that every one of the details you specify will be exactly what you want… To work to such standards, however, we only take on a limited number of home renovation projects at a time, which means that our kitchen design and build calendar fills up quickly, and for you to get started ASAP, you need to get moving and contact us to ensure your place!
Whether you’re updating your kitchen to make more room for your growing family, host friends, fire up your inner masterchef or just to add value to your property, put your ideas and requirements to us. Come and speak to our highly-qualified interior designers about your specific needs and requirements, and they’ll draw up the bespoke plans for your new kitchen. Once you’re satisfied with them, you can count on us to work on getting you the planning permission you need for your brand new kitchen extension.
Throughout the process, you’ll get the top level of our kitchen design services, professionalism and creativity. And, just to wrap up, take a moment and imagine how great you’ll feel and how excited you’ll be when you have a perfect kitchen remodel – with that champagne chilling in the fridge…
Now you’ve seen what we can do and how we do it, drop us a line today to discuss your kitchen’s potential with us.