1930s semi-detached house – kitchen extension ideas
The kitchen space was way too small, but knocking down the wall to the living room wasn’t an option for Eric & Patrick.
Eric and Patrick knew that they were in need of a kitchen extension. It was too difficult for them to figure out how it would work as a larger layout.
There was also an issue regarding the direction of the extension. A side kitchen extension would block the access to the garden, and it was a very small gap anyway. A large rear extension was beyond their budget, although we did look at this option. Nevertheless, there was a demand for a larger kitchen with a nice kitchen island, a downstairs loo, space for a dining table and a small office to work from home.
We re-designed the house by looking at different scale options and kitchen extensions, while still keeping the rest of the rooms downstairs untouched (except in the largest home extension option).
To start off with, we drew up the ideas that Eric and Patrick had come up with themselves (the side and a small rear extension). We explored the consequences (no access to the garden from the front) and costs versus gained space. We also discussed the bike storage and moved on to explore the different kitchen layouts.
The space for a nice kitchen was very narrow. That’s why we moved to the final option of a full-width rear extension.
We realised that this allowed us to keep the side passage to the garden, an easy way to roll out the green bin and to allow access for the gardener and window cleaners to the back of the house. The house gained a much larger kitchen with a view into the dining room. Just what you’re after when you like having guests around!
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What Eric and Patrick can do with my hand drawn plans?
They now know what their feasible options are. Based on the information from me (the architect), they can now approach builders to get the estimated costs. They can decide on their favourite option and the direction in which they would like to go.
It is best to draw up the ideas and floor plans first – even if you don’t know what you can afford.
You can be motivated and inspired to do more. It may show you what is not affordable or redirect you in order to gain a better house solution for less. The decisions can be made after the workshop, which costs only £300-500.
The next step after the workshop is the planning stage. The surveyor from Pride Road Architects would come back to the property and do a detailed survey. We would draw the plans on the computer, confirm the final version with the client and submit it to the planners. This stage mainly focuses on the outside of the house, the elevations and the impact on the neighbours.
We always advise to have a formal confirmation that the designed home extension is a permitted development (‘Permitted Development Certificate’ or planning application, if needed). When it comes to selling the house, solicitors will ask for such information.
Once this stage has been finalised, we can then move on to the building regulation stage, where we design detailed plans together with the structural engineer and the building inspector. This stage takes care of the inside of the house and its health and safety issues.
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