Today, kitchens are more than a meal preparation space – they’re the heart of home life. A must-have for any dream house is a light, stylish, open kitchen space that brings together the best of cooking, dining, sharing, and entertaining. While many homes in the UK have small, old-fashioned kitchens that are impractical and too dimly lit for modern living, renovating your kitchen is a fantastic way to get the home you want, on budget, and add value to your overall investment. Here are some of the most effective and elegant kitchen extension design ideas from Plus Rooms to inspire you and create the perfect home.

Kitchen Diner Extension Ideas

Kitchen Diner Extension in London

If the ground floor of your UK home is a muddle of small, impractical rooms that don’t flow well or let in much natural sunlight, you aren’t alone. And you don’t have to keep on living in the dark either. Knocking out walls and extending your kitchen diner area creates a surprising amount of far more usable space, allowing you to create a welcoming and bright open plan kitchen and diner where family and friends can gather. 

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Kitchen Extension Ideas for Victorian Houses

Kitchen extension for a Victorian house in London

While there is so much to love about character-filled Victorian properties, their dark, cramped kitchens aren’t one of them. Whether you are in a terrace that’s suffered from tasteless extensions or a larger home that’s never been modernised, there’s a lot you can work with to help reach your property’s full potential. Depending on your budget, position, and style, you can create an open diner, comfortable sitting area, and entertainment space, bringing your home up to date through a tasteful, modern kitchen extension. 

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Side Kitchen Extension Ideas

Side kitchen extension in London

Want to preserve as much of your garden space as possible while making your home bigger? A side kitchen extension is the best way to get it done. Many homes have unused, impractical spaces to the side of the structure, so it makes sense to incorporate them into the home itself so that you can get the most use out of your property. A great side kitchen extension gives your living areas space to breathe, making the home more spacious for family living. And with the right design, it will maximise natural light too, incorporating glazed skylights and panels to expand the space even further. 

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Rear Kitchen Extension Ideas

Rear kitchen extension in London

If you don’t have a side return or simply want to maximise your floor space, a rear kitchen extension is a great option. Today’s rear extension designs are sophisticated and attractive and can create a modern contrast against your traditional architecture or sit seamlessly against the original building to look like it’s always been there. By creating a flow out into the garden using level decking, large bi-fold or sliding doors, and other architectural elements, rear kitchen extensions create a beautiful connection with the outdoors that’s perfect for family living and entertaining. 

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Side Return Kitchen Extension Ideas

Side return kitchen extension in London

Edwardian and Victorian homes often have a small ally to the side of the property that’s leftover from a much older way of life. Rather than letting it turn into a dumping ground for bins, bikes, and garden equipment, it’s much more useful when used to widen the living areas of these often-narrow properties. A thoughtful and well-designed side return extension complete with skylights and bifold doors will transform a kitchen into a light and airy multi-use space with far more usable space. Depending on what you’d like to achieve, your kitchen can become an eat-in kitchen-diner, a family space for eating together and watching TV, or a space for entertaining friends and family. 

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Wraparound Kitchen Extension Ideas

Wrap around kitchen extension in London

If you want to get the most out of your home renovation and you have the space to expand, it’s difficult to beat a wraparound kitchen extension. Also called an L-shape extension, this essentially combines a side extension and rear extension into one project. It’s a very worthwhile way to extend your home even though it’s more costly, as homes with large, airy rooms are in high demand. By pushing out to the side return and into the garden by just a few square metres, you can completely reimagine your ground floor and outdoor entertainment space, creating a light and airy kitchen, adding a downstairs WC, and much more. 

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Kitchen Family Room Extension Ideas

Kitchen family room extension in London

Open plan living goes with family life as strawberries go with cream. When you have children, the design of your home’s living areas can create the family lifestyle you want to achieve, especially when you choose a kitchen family room extension. This type of extension creates a centre for home life – a space to gather for meals, relax in comfort, finish homework, watch the children play, and wind down. These extensions can be completed in any style, whether you want a more affordable, modern flat-roofed extension or a character-filled but more expensive pitched roof option. 

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Small Kitchen Extension Ideas

Small kitchen extension in London

When it comes to a kitchen that works and feels great, the key is in how you use the space – not how much space you have. A small kitchen extension can transform your space, creating something stylish, functional, and enjoyable to use without requiring a lot of work or a big budget. With small kitchen extensions, great design is essential. It’s an opportunity to stretch your imagination and creative organisation skill, adding high-quality appliances, bold urban designs, and luxurious skylights to produce a truly envious and inspiring space. 

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Victorian Terrace Kitchen Extension Ideas

Victorian kitchen extension in London

Older and unmodernised Victorian terrace properties are one of the best buys on the market because they offer plenty of potential at a more affordable price. However, you need the vision and design inspiration to look beyond the dark rooms and narrow spaces to see how the right kitchen extension can transform the property into a new home. Victorian terrace kitchen extensions can be designed for mid, end-of-terrace, and semi-detached properties, expanding down the side return and/or into the rear garden to deliver a modern, light-filled, and spacious way of life. 

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Kitchen Extension Ideas for Terraced Houses

Kitchen extension for a terraced house in London

Terraced houses are very popular in the UK, and while they don’t give you many options for expansion, some very clever and effective designs will extend the kitchen and living area to create a luxuriously spacious home. Kitchen extensions for terrace houses can include side and rear extensions, flat or pitched roof designs, and modern or character concepts, so there are plenty of opportunities to put your stamp on your property – and increase its value. 

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Plus Rooms is a leading design and construction firm in London that specialises in custom kitchen extensions. Our talented team will lead you through the process from start to finish, helping you get the best floorplan, features, and quality for your budget. Whether you want a home for entertaining, for family living, or your own enjoyment and investment purposes, we’re here to make that dream come true. In over 17 years we’ve helped over 1,400 homeowners transform their houses – contact us and let’s see what we can do for you.