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Planning a Kitchen Within An Extension – The Blueprint

Last Updated on : 6th July 2018

A luxury kitchen extension is a big investment, so it pays to do the research before you embark on a large-scale project. Roundhouse bespoke kitchen designers are completely familiar with the process, and after years of experience working with architects, builders and interior designers, share their expert knowledge.

How much to budget for a kitchen extension?
Thinking ahead is key. You must have a plan of how much you want to spend on your kitchen – be frank about this upfront and your bespoke kitchen designer will be able to help you choose what you should invest in and where you may be able to save.

How much space will a kitchen in an extension need?
If you consult a Roundhouse designer before your plans are drawn up, through consultation and collaboration he or she can influence what the architect may design. By understanding your needs, a good designer will come up with creative ideas that may not have been considered before.

What do you need to consider?
We encourage our clients to really think about how they will use the space. A must-have list is essential; are there things you just can’t live without? It helps to detail priorities, for example; will it be more than just a kitchen where food is prepared, more of a social space for family and a place to entertain? What proportion of the space will be allocated to the kitchen/living/dining areas? If you are a keen cook you might want acres of prep space or you may want an entirely clutter-free kitchen, so lots of storage space will be important. Are there specific appliances that you must have, or maybe you want a particular work surface?

It’s important at this stage to take everything into consideration, for example if you want an island but have an overhead skylight there will be an extraction issue. If you have two walls of glass and want a wall-mounted TV, then that will limit the space for kitchen cabinetry.

Do you need an architect?
We would advise you to get a good architect and builder, preferably recommended by a trusted source.

At what stage do you need to consider services such as plumbing and electrics?
After the initial chat with a designer, we ask you to bring in your measurements and/or drawings if you’re working with an architect. We’ll then produce a design, which can be tweaked and changed until you are absolutely happy with it – we don’t release drawings until commissioned. Then we produce a pack with detailed technical drawings (a guide covering all services’ instructions for the builder). We have our own dedicated installation team and we expect all the plumbing and electrical and ducting work to be done in advance of the install.

Why invest in the best?
Remember that the kitchen is the most heavily used room of the house and Roundhouse bespoke kitchens are built to last to exceptionally robust, high standards. They remain looking good for years – a very saleable feature when it comes to moving house.


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T: 020 7471 8834
E: clapham@roundhousedesign.com
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