Nowadays kitchens are seen more as a social hub in the home, rather than just the place for food preparation and cooking. So when designing your side return extension, it is important to consider your kitchen layout and how you might make best use out of the new space to meet your needs.

When designing your kitchen it can be helpful to think of the ‘Magic Triangle’ – aiming to have a good distance between the cooker, sink and fridge. This helps to minimise traffic through the area. A good rule of thumb is that each part of the triangle should be between four and nine feet, and the total of all three parts should be between 12 and 26 feet. It’s also helpful to allow 1.2m between units which face one another to give you enough space to move around.

A kitchen island with bar stools or chairs is a great addition to a kitchen especially if you plan to do a lot of entertaining. You may also want to consider having your cooktop on your island, to make cooking part of the entertainment. In this case an induction cooktop is the safest option. You could also incorporate a wine cooler into your kitchen island, to ensure that chilled drinks are always at hand.

Finally it is important to make sure that there are plenty of power points in the areas where you will need them, and that you get the right lighting to avoid the area being either too dark or bright.

You’re likely to be spending a lot of time in your new kitchen so give the design and layout some serious thought to ensure you get it right.


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