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What You Need to Know About Building a Kitchen Extension

A kitchen extension is sometimes viewed as a minor job but it is often a huge undertaking. However, if done correctly, it can improve your quality of life as well as increase your home’s value. A kitchen space that is cramped can be easily transformed into a large space befitting an entire family by adding an extension to your kitchen.

Many people see their kitchens merely as a space for cooking but modern kitchens go way beyond that. In modern homes, the kitchen should have enough space for dining, playing, for the kids to do homework and so much more. This is the dream kitchen that you want and a simple kitchen extension can help you achieve that.

Kitchen extensions can be built in different styles and regardless of what style you choose; it is always a huge undertaking. This is why it is important to know as much as you can about kitchen extensions before you actually go ahead with one. In this article, we share some of the crucial points you need to know about building a kitchen extension. If you’d like more information about ground floor extensions in Melbourne be sure to visit Supa Group.

How much can a kitchen extension cost?

The cost of building a kitchen extension will depend on several factors including its size, style, the materials used, and decorating and landscaping work. Other costs include building regulations and planning fees, party wall act agreements, insurance and architect or design fees. On average, a kitchen extension project will cost between £1,500 and £2,000 per square metre of additional space.

Depending on how big your extension is going to be, you can work out a rough estimate of the total cost. Remember to engage experienced professionals to design and build your kitchen extension to assist with design and any building regulations and planning permission issues. Remember to set aside some additional contingency funds in case your kitchen extension ends up costing more than budgeted.

Can a kitchen extension add value to my home?

A kitchen extension might improve the value of your home but this depends on how the extension has been designed and how much it improves the current living and kitchen space. If your kitchen extension has been designed to be larger and open plan, it can improve your home’s value by up to 10%.

The general rule of thumb is that if you intend to sell the home, do not spend so much on the extension that you risk not recouping the amount spent on the extension. A small extension can be cheap but add value to your home when it comes to space and in the end, will improve your home value in case you sell it.

Do you need planning permission when building a kitchen extension?

Some kitchen extensions require you to seek planning permission from your local authority before you can start. However, you can do a kitchen extension without planning permission if you are within permitted development (PD) rights. PD rights allow you to proceed with certain work, as long as you meet some specified criteria. In most cases, if the kitchen extension is small enough you might not need planning permission.

If the planned extension is going to be large, you will most likely be required to apply for planning permission. Discuss things with an expert so you know whether your planned extension is within PD rights or you will need to seek approval before going ahead. 


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