Top tips for the 2018 must have kitchen:
With Christmas and the New Year behind us, often restoring our homes back to order following the descent of guests and family, many of us are left with the feeling that next year….we desperately need more space!
There is probably no other room in the house that we feel this more, than with the kitchen! The large open-plan kitchen extension with maximum light and glazing adds the ‘wow’ factor making it one of the most sought-after features in a modern home and one of the most popular home improvement projects to increase the value of your home. Phil Spencer writes; ‘If you are considering extending your kitchen/living space I would certainly recommend a single story extension… Team it with lots of glazing and you’ll have a space that not only provides you with a modern family living space, but an improvement that could dramatically increase your home’s re-sale value.’
The kitchen is most often the heart of family life and the room we now spend most of our time in — cooking, eating, socialising, working and relaxing, so it’s important to get it right!
Here are five key pointers to get you started towards creating your dream space.
Firstly, decide how you wish to use the space. How you design your kitchen is, of course, entirely a matter of taste: it’s about what you and your family need and want. Although most of us also try to keep in mind how best to maximise our investment by creating a design that will add value and potentially clinch a sale in the future. At Room Outside, our specialist sales designers can help you shape your ideas into a design that accommodates all these factors for you.
Phil Spencer recommends using as much glazing as possible. Natural light is one of the most desirable qualities a home can have whilst making the most of a wonderful view out to the garden and beyond. From the simplest side return to luxury double-storey extensions, using glass as a roof will transform your home like no other material.
At Room Outside, our New Generation Glass utilizes state of the art technology and has been designed specifically for the British climate. This outstanding product reflects heat and light back to its source, keeping your glass room warm in the winter and cool in the summer. For this reason, we have seen a marked increase in Room Outside Conservatories, Orangeries & Glass Extensions being used for kitchen extension projects.
Another option popular for Kitchen extensions are modern Room Outside Frameless Glass Extensions. These structures, although modern, work well on period buildings too, providing bright, open living areas. As they're transparent, they allow the fabric of the original building to be seen, which is particularly effective with stone or flint structures. Again, the quality of the glass used is crucial to the success of this type of structure.
Alternatively, Room Outside Orangeries can open up your ceiling with a roof lantern. Large bi-folding patio doors and a flat-roof lantern can bring as much light into the space as a glass-only design.
Once you have the space that you want designed, you can start thinking about the kitchen layout. A badly planned kitchen will waste precious space that you have paid to add. It is worth consulting two or three experienced kitchen designers for their ideas.
A good designer will understand the importance of function and incorporate all the appliances you have specified. Popular features currently include a boiling water tap, steam oven, walk in larders, wine coolers and fitted American style fridge/freezers.
Teaming, extra space and extra light with a Glass Room kitchen extension, alongside a well-planned kitchen layout and a few of the ‘must have’ appliances, ticks all the boxes to create the kitchen of your dreams….All ready for your family and friends to descend upon you for next Christmas!