Basser HouseContemporary Kitchen, Melbourne
The kitchen opens onto the courtyard, with an external bar permitting easy summer entertaining. Photo by Peter Bennetts
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Max out on the viewIf your open-plan layout is L-shaped, it can be difficult to decide where to put the door to the garden. In this extension, the main door has been positioned in the living area, but that could have limited the view to the outside from the kitchen. The solution? Two right-angled walls that consist almost entirely of glass. The smart bit here is that the owners haven’t had to lose precious worktop space – instead, the opening begins at the top of the work surface. The view is just as good as it would have been with a floor-to-ceiling window, and the worktop can double up as an outside bar area. Discover more ways to open up your kitchen extension
L-shaped openingsOf course, not every kitchen extension is a simple rectangle facing back to a rear garden. In this example, a dog-leg form allows a generous width of worktop facing the view, with bifolding doors around the corner giving access to the garden.Another increasingly popular phenomenon can also be seen here: where a window is above a worktop, that window comes right down to worktop level and can be folded or slid to the side. Then (with the window out of the way) the worktop can become a servery or bar, from which to cater for garden parties and barbecues.