When we speak with clients interested in a kitchen extension, nine times out of ten they’re looking to maximise space. This opens up a world of opportunities for a homeowner, allowing them to bring in natural light, make spaces multifunctional and turn their kitchen into a place people want to gather. It is for this reason that conservatory-style kitchen extensions are one of the most popular home improvement projects.
With the kitchen playing such a central role in the home, any improvements must be subject to careful consideration, in terms of both style and practicality. In this article, we’ll outline some of the key factors in getting a conservatory extension right, as well as providing some design ideas to help homeowners get inspired.
Design considerations for conservatory style extensions
Firstly, you’ll want to consider the purpose of the kitchen. Do you want a show-stopping space for entertaining guests, a comfortable living area for the family, or perhaps a secluded nook for reading in the sunshine? All of these things will affect the layout and positioning of the final design.
Another thing to bear in mind is location. Natural light will make your conservatory appear bright, relaxing and welcoming. Therefore, it should be positioned to capture the most sunlight at times where you are likely to be using your kitchen. As well as this, if you have a garden or beautiful landscape outside your house, you may want to bring as much of it in as possible. This can be achieved with design features such as skylights or bi-folding doors.
Finally, your chosen style will have a significant impact on the finished product. This may seem obvious at first glance, but remember that style goes beyond decor and furnishing. For instance, clean lines are a hallmark of modern design, and these are often achieved with crown moulding, ceiling beams or other structural features. This shows that style is just as important as practicality when it comes to designing an extension.
With the expert designers at Plus Rooms, your only limit is your imagination. We are specialists in all aspects of improving residential properties and can take care of everything from applying for planning permission to managing the installation. We can even fit you with a temporary kitchen while work is carried out.
Our conservatory-style kitchen extensions
Broken plan living
The extension in this Lambeth home opens up space between the original kitchen and back dining room, creating an airy, calming living space while maintaining a subtle division. Highlights of the contemporary-style dining room include streamlined white ceiling beams and sliding doors, which open up to an expansive view of the garden.
Striking modern design
A glass kitchen extension is a captivating addition to this modern Wandsworth home. This impressive design provides an unobstructed view of the garden, with clean lines being a recurrent theme throughout. Finally, the structural glazed roof provides a wonderful contrast with the textured flooring, which offers the perfect traditional kitchen aesthetic.
Staggered multi-purpose space
This Southwark family wanted to avoid the typical open-plan space and embrace their home’s original character. Therefore, we extended into the side return whilst also adding two metres to the rear. This created a series of distinct zones, each with its own unique atmosphere and eye-catching style. Finally, the extension was brought to life with a combination of skylights and windows, carefully placed to follow the lines of the mono-pitched roof.
Bright, open and inviting
We were tasked with creating a brand new living and entertaining space in this Wimbledon home. Our wraparound extension includes large overhead glazing and bifold doors. This floods the entire space with natural light to uplift the luxe neutral colour palette. The addition of a kitchen access and utility room creates a wide open space that’s perfect for hosting guests.
Even a small kitchen conservatory extension can have an impact on your home’s atmosphere and your own day-to-day life. A conservatory is a flexible option that can help you open up your kitchen and create a whole new ambience. If you need more design advice or inspiration, contact Plus Rooms today. Our team of experienced professionals will be happy to help.