Kitchen extension ideas

At Love Renovate, we think that kitchen extensions are one of the most exciting renovation projects. They can really transform how you live your life, as well as giving your home the wow factor. 

With so many beautiful styles and finishes to choose from, we have rounded up some of our very favourites to give you some kitchen extension ideas!

Allow a seamless flow into the garden

Kitchen extension by Atelier architects

Create one large space by opening up bifold doors from your kitchen extension into the garden. Make sure the bifold doors are completely flush with the outside so you really won't notice a separation when you walk outside. This is also perfect if you have small children running around as they won't fall down steps as they go into the garden! 

Integrate the kitchen extension with the garden further by ensuring that your colour palette is in keeping with nature - think lots of browns and greens. You can also now buy wood effect tiles that can be used both inside and outside, so you can create the same look in the garden as you have inside. 

Create zones

Kitchen extension by TW10 Architects

Open plan living is such a popular choice for a kitchen extension, particularly for families as it allows you to spend quality time together. Create zones in your large open plan kitchen extension, by using a large island unit to naturally separate the kitchen. 

We love the rug under the dining table above, which defines the dining area. Or choose an L-shaped sofa to create a lounge area. Beautiful internal doors leading to the hallway add to the character and charm, and the glazing allows even more light to flood in.

Opt for a glazed roof to add some wow factor

Image source Chris Snook photography

Small kitchen extensions can still look so impressive, like this one above with the glazed roof. The roof and windows allow so much light into the kitchen which, combined with the exposed brick, make this kitchen feel like you are actually outside.

This is probably one of our very favourite kitchen extensions - we just love the combination of the Crittall doors, glazed roof and exposed brick. So even if you don't have a huge space, be brave and create something truly stunning.


Create an outside dining area

Windows & doors by IQ Glass

If you are carrying out a kitchen extension, then look at creating an outside dining area that flows from the kitchen, which will make the kitchen extension feel even bigger. A large expanse of bifold doors can be pulled back when the weather is warm with the option to dine outside, whilst being right next to the kitchen for convenience. 

Consider creating a roof on the outside which can provide some shade in the sunshine. Look at keeping the colour scheme consistent with the kitchen extension so that the whole are works well as one. Keep the area around the bifold doors clear so there is plenty room to walk in and out and not get in the way of food preparation.


Bring in the light

Kitchen by Watermark Ltd

Windows in the roof allow up to 3 times as much light to flood in than a standard vertical window, so simple skylights are a great option. You don't need to spend a fortune on architectural glazing but skylights will make a huge difference. Keep the kitchen looking bright with a light worktop, flooring and cupboards, like this one in the picture above.

If you would like more tips on how to bring more light into your extension, then read our article How to get more light into a kitchen extension

Be bold with the colour and style

Kitchen by deVOL kitchens

Don't be afraid to mix materials and textures for an interesting kitchen extension. We love this beautiful kitchen by deVOL, with the deep blue units and the dark worktops. The exposed brick, wooden beams and concrete effect floor work beautifully to create something very individual, giving a very relaxed look.

Maximise the views into the garden

Windows & doors by Abbey Windows

If you have a beautiful garden, consider positioning everything so that you maximise the view. It's very calming to face the garden when you are washing the dishes. Go even further and place the island unit and seating area looking out onto the garden too. 

Allow for plenty of windows to maximise the view and keep the opening of the doors and windows as wide as possible. 

Choose a peninsula instead of an island unit

Kitchen by Zara Kitchen Design

We all dream of a huge island unit, however there is no point squeezing an island unit into a space that might not be quite wide enough - the whole kitchen will feel cramped and impractical. 

A peninsula is a great kitchen extension idea, where you have the look of an island, with all of the sociable family kitchen benefits, but without taking up as much space. The peninsula above works so well in this room as it allows a large walkway between the unit and seating area.


Published: June 27, 2019

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