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Kerry, yes, get your layout right, spend hours and hours on it, draw it out and walk on it with a miniature you and family. Pay a designer £200 or whatever for half a day, ply them with cake and coffee and get them to spill their ideas.

My view after dry fitting a kitchen in the back reception and then re-installing into the 6mtr extension is…. If you are retired and don’t have too much through traffic then a garden lounge is better as you can enjoy the garden side. With a young family to pre-retirement smallish houses demand a kitchen at the end of the house so you can do outdoor activities. But if space (width) is not an issue then sketch away.

We moved our old Alno kitchen and Galaxy granite worktops to the outdoor kitchen area… hey, I am greedy and have 18 mtrs of kitchen surfaces inside and outside. The Alno stuff as too precious to throw away, some units from inside being moved out as plumb the outside sink, finish internal decorations and get new dining chairs and sideboard etc.

Some pics for you from this morning, hope they justify what I am saying… excuse the mess :) the washing machine doors are off as we try to seat it again to stop vibrations… wooden floors and open plan living !! Happy to post about velux, underfloor heating etc.

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Kerry Russell

Thank you for your reply and pictures- really interesting and helpful. I actually just posted this question on advice as seeing your comment made me think. We have far less space than you (3.6mw and 8m) total space for kitchen and snug/dining plus our garden is a lot smaller but still really helpful.

Your place looks great (and still more tidy than mine!)

Did you go for underfloor heating? I’m not sure we can afford it - but they questioning if it is worth investing more now!

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Kerry you are welcome, hopefully Sarah Warwick doesn't mind these posts on her blog... I guess it compliments her work !!

I saw your floor plan. I wouldn’t stick the kitchen in the dining room space, some options;

Create a J type kitchen at the end with a tall fridge (American type) behind the wall on the right as you enter the kitchen from the Dining room. Your space is 2.71m. let’s say 0.6 + 0.6 for units either end that gives you approx. 1.50m in the middle, good for guests and kids to roam.

For open plan… remove the wall between dining room and new extension, stick a liner kitchen in the extension with a stepped down island to accommodate 6 normal chairs. Kids can do homework there !! That way you still have the Dining area room free, something like this !!

We went for UFH, had issues with builder so called in JK Flooring after screed went down, also look at Wunda Trade for options. If you are going for kitchen in your new extension, just get 2 low level radiators. PM me if you need particular details about UFH, Manifolds, nest thermostats.

If there is nothing above the new extension go with a large single roof light, perhaps a canopy type. Spend the extra and get electric.


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