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The benefits of a Kitchen Extension

For anyone in living in London, or thinking of buying, a Victorian or Edwardian house the question of “should we do a Side Return Extension?” would have undoubtedly cropped up over dinner one evening. Victorian houses make lovely bright, light and spacious family homes – perfectly geared to the needs of modern families. However, with a typical Victorian home comes the awkward, and often unused, void section of garden which lies to the flank of the existing kitchen.

By removing the existing kitchen wall and building a new wall on the boundary with your neighbour, it is possible to extend the kitchen to provide a lovely open plan living space. The construction process required to achieve this is relatively straightforward, although there can be several pitfalls! Firstly, the existing kitchen needs to be removed, along with any other redundant cabinetry or floor coverings. Next, the ground needs to be excavated and prepared to receive the concrete footings which will underpin the steelwork required to support the upper part of the house. With the steelwork in place, the walls can be safely removed. A new party wall is then constructed on the boundary line adjoining your neighbour (you are likely to need a Party Wall Award here). Finally, the roof can be constructed, the roof lights inserted and the doors installed. Folding sliding doors work very well to rear of the kitchen extension – allowing in plenty of light and offering an excellent view out to the garden.

When the external shell has been completed and the extension is watertight, the interior fit out can begin. Underfloor heating is a popular choice, and works very well with hardwearing floor tiles such as porcelain, marble or slate – providing a warm and cosy floor during the winter months. When it comes to kitchens, we always recommend spending the money on the worktops – and combining a durable material such as granite or quartz with good quality cabinets from a Magnet, Howdens or Ikea.

We are often asked “How much does a Kitchen Extension cost?” The answer, perhaps unsurprisingly, depends on the size and type of internal finishes. However, generally speaking, they range in price from £30,000-£60,000, excluding VAT. If your budget is in region of £40,000 and you live in a typical 5m wide Victorian house in London – an open plan kitchen extension is most definitely feasible.

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