Islington Glass box extensionContemporary Kitchen, London
Peninsular units separate the kitchen and dining areas
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This shot, looking from the inside out, shows how the glazed roof above the doors creates a gloriously light dining area, and helps to zone it as separate from the kitchen.Browse the Houzz Professionals Directory to find an architect or building designer in your area and start the conversation about your extension.
7. Plan ahead and scheduleDelayed deliveries are a huge headache during any project, but the fact is they still happen. Don’t rely on back-ordered items becoming available within your preferred time frame. Instead, allow a little give in your schedule to ensure everything is available when individual sub-contractors arrive on site, and speak to your builders well in advance so you are clear on who is ordering what. Obviously, they will take charge of most materials, but if they expect you to purchase the floor tiles, for example, then it’s your responsibility to order the correct amount and to ensure that the tiles arrive on time.If you’re converting a Victorian house, tour this property for clever tips and advice
Set your budgetThe aim of kitchen extraction is to remove grease, smoke and unpleasant cooking odours from your environment, as well as steam, depending on the extractor type you choose. Extractors vary hugely in price, costing from as little as £50 right up to £3,000 for some of the more advanced models, so decide on your priorities in order to set a budget.‘A typical price for a functional, well-designed extractor is about £350,’ says Roberto De Marco. ‘However, more and more people are spending in excess of £800, especially if the extractor is beautifully designed, creating a visual centrepiece to be admired in its own right.’
Andrew’s priority was to bring sunlight into the old, dark kitchen. “The clients always had to switch on the lights when they walked into the kitchen,” he says. Not anymore.The owners love to cook and entertain, so Dunning’s design fit a fully stocked kitchen, dining room and eating nook into the new area’s 350 square feet. Countertops: solid surface, Maia Worktops; cabinetry: custom designed and supplied by APD interiors; stovetop, refrigerator: Miele; wine fridge: Miele; sink, faucet: Blanco; range hood: Westin