We work with a number of high-end suppliers throughout Central London to deliver beautiful, bespoke kitchens as part of your extension. Good design is essential to a successful kitchen extension, and there are a number of considerations for you to think about from creating the architectural plans through to commissioning the fitted kitchen and furnishing the seating areas.
Food Preparation vs. Seating
Every home is different; while most kitchens extensions incorporate both food preparation areas and seating, the way you divide that space depends on your particular needs. In most instances, the seating area is larger since furniture is larger and there are more people to fit into that space compared to the food preparation area. However, some enthusiastic cooks prefer to have larger food preparation areas to fit all of their kitchen appliances.
Lighting is fundamental to creating the right atmosphere in a room – adding several options to your kitchen extension makes it more flexible. Your preferred lighting for a friendly brunch, family dinner, and dinner party will all differ, which is why it’s best to add several different lighting options to the kitchen and seating areas to cater to every occasion. Most clients prefer more glazing in the seating area to enjoy natural light, while the food preparation areas are lit through spotlights or other electrical lighting.
While appliances such as washing machines and dryers are often housed in the kitchen, you may wish to put these into a separate utility room to keep the space clear. Other appliances such as the refrigerator inevitably stay in the kitchen, but rebuilding the entire space offers greater flexibility for positioning and sizes. Many of our clients opt for larger, American-style refrigerators in their kitchens, while others prefer to add several so that drinks and food can be kept in the most convenient areas.
Every kitchen works around the ‘magic triangle’ – the space between the refrigerator, sink, and oven. Designing your kitchen around ergonomic principles makes the space easier to use and reduces cooking accidents. But convenience doesn’t need to stop there – ergonomic kitchen design goes beyond this simple principle to improve your waste disposal, food shopping, and cleaning to make the space as efficient as possible. Simple ideas such as waste chutes that go directly to your bin, or doors adjoining your new kitchen and garage, can save time and effort in day to day life. Good design isn’t just beautiful – it’s intelligent too.
Details such as pocket doors can help save space and bring your kitchen up to date. These doors slide into the wall rather than opening into (or out of) the room. Simple details like this can declutter the space and make the overall feel cleaner and more modern.