Building a kitchen extension is one of the most desired after-features in a modern home and it’s definitely on the top of the list when it comes to home improvements projects.
Building a kitchen extension also means financial effort and time investment. It’s very important to invest these two resources wisely. This is why working with professionals can get you through the remodeling process smoothly and will help you make a smart, long-term investment.
Before building your kitchen extension
Here are a few tips you should take into consideration if you plan to open up your kitchen plan:
1. Knock down a wall (if it is possible).
If there is a wall separating your kitchen and your dining room, the easiest way to add an extension to your kitchen is to knock down the separating wall.
2. Build a wall.
For example, if you have a terrace that you can access from your kitchen, the easiest way to create an extension is to build a wall that will close the exterior part of the terrace.
3. Extend (if you have enough space).
If your kitchen is facing the backyard and there is enough space on your plot, then this is the best way to add a large extension to your kitchen and create sufficient space for your dream kitchen. Add features like glass doors to bring the outside in and create the perfect outdoor dinner experience inside.
4. Think of the benefits.
A brand new kitchen extension will be like a white canvas where you can put your imagination to work. Start by thinking of the exact places where you want to put the light switches, and how you want to organise the cabinets or what color palette you want to use.
5. Plan practically.
Set a realistic budget. Keep in mind that you need to be prepared for unplanned costs. If you add on a wall or tear one down, check if there are electronics, gas connections or plumbing. If necessary, will your budget allow you to move them to your new kitchen extension?
6. Don’t forget about the kitchen island.
The open space might allow you to add a multifunctional kitchen island that can bring many advantages to your new kitchen. Besides the fact that a kitchen island brings extra cooking space, you can also incorporate a sink or extra cabinets. Islands are perfect for casual dining or breakfasting; just make sure you use tall stools.
7. Create a beautiful lighting plan.
Lighting sets the mood and creates ambiance in a room. Before creating your kitchen extension, make sure you know how much natural light comes to the area at different times a day and decide if you need extra artificial light.
8. Think long-term.
Before building a kitchen extension, think about how often you will use the space. Maybe in the future your kids will need some extra space to do their homework or just spend time relaxing with their friends.
Keep in mind
Whether you cook, eat, socialize or just take time to relax and read the newspaper, the kitchen area is one of the most important parts of your home. That’s why it is important to plan ahead and take into consideration every small detail before starting the project.
Remodeling your kitchen may be challenging, but it’s important to have fun in the process and see the glass half full – your kitchen will look amazing. (tweet this)
Working with Gialluisi Custom Homes will make your kitchen remodeling experience more pleasant than you imagined. Combining your ideas with our experience can turn your dream kitchen extension into reality and make the best of this experience.
Schedule a consultation
All initial consultations are free at Gialluisi Custom Homes. Schedule yours or call 908-206-4659 (FREE) and let’s talk about your dream kitchen extension.