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Mapledene Road Contemporary Kitchen, London

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Photo of a contemporary kitchen/diner in London with flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, concrete flooring and an island. — Houzz

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paulablain wrote:
P - Do you know what make of extractor this is? Thanks
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Platform 5 Architects
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do you know what the distance is from the island to the outside wall?

bkremp19 wrote:
Cost of a side extension - Hi looking to do a similar side extension. I know in this house the whole house was refurbished but what would be a reasonable budget for just the kitchen side extension.
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Platform 5 Architects

Hi there,

Thank you for getting in touch. The cost for the kitchen side extension was £80k. Please note this was 10 years ago. Budget requirements may have changed in the meantime.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require further details.

Kind regards


Studio Manager

Platform 5 Architects

gaynorwalsh wrote:
what would be the best way to ventilate my bedroom, - The side return extension will be built over the bedroom window, which we plan to build patio type door
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Apparently you need a fire escape/window from the middle bedroom, so we've been told that leaving a small courtyard (1m sq ish) is the most practical way. I don't know if the fir escape needs to have access to the garden though.... Anyone?!
marinasalandybrown wrote:
did you need planning permission?
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4D Planning

This would have required planning permission as it is a mid terraced property that is proposing an extension over 3m from the rear wall of the house (and does not comply with the permitted development rights). See here

Farhat Hanif wrote:
Floor - What floor tiles have you used? They look gorgeous.
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The floor finish is power-floated concrete so it is laid as a slab rather than as tiles.

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Owen Campbell wrote:
Glass Supplier - Who was the supplier of the glass doors, windows and roof?
devlinaray wrote:
Budget for a side return extension - hi, we are planning a side return extension on our terraced house in north west London with similar glass walls. The side extension would be around 1.5 feet and the extension into the garden is around 3 feet. Is a budget of 40K sufficient?
miche11ej wrote:
Solar gain - How do you deal with solar gain with so much glass? Is there any auxiliary shading or is the kitchen north-facing?

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Cathy Rebecca added this to Architecture: What You Need to Consider When Planning a Rear Extension
Dealing with disruptionYou should be prepared for a significant amount of disruption during the extension process. ‘There will be noise and dust, but what gets most people is the sense of intrusion,’ says Hugo Tugman. But the pain is usually worth the gain. ‘My wife likens it to childbirth – difficult to go through but well worth it. A typical single storey extension should take around 2-3 months, but some projects might be as quick as 1 month and others might take 6 months or longer.’
Brian O'Tuama Architects added this to Architecture: How to Bring in Light From Above to Transform a Space
Keep it clean and simpleThis dramatic infill extension has large glass panels with minimal amounts of frame, which can often be distracting. This helps keep the focus on the interior space and the materials used to create it – including the reused existing brick walls.See more great glass-box extensions
VORBILD Architecture added this to Ask an Architect: How Many Different Ways Can I Extend My Home?
Side extensionsIf you have a small back garden, you probably won’t want to reduce its size even further by extending your property out. However, many properties have a long, thin space to the side – the side return. It usually sits in a shadow, and can be made much better use of if it becomes part of the house. Be aware that you will need to apply for permission for a side extension. Most councils will advise you about any restrictions on such extensions, or you can get a good idea about what is permitted by looking at neighbouring properties to see what has already been built.This new space has the potential to make a dramatic difference to your existing living space. Depending on the depth of the new extension, it can either provide a seating area, dining room or even transform the whole back of the property into an open-plan kitchen-dining-living room.Research the hidden costs of your renovation before starting work
VORBILD Architecture added this to Ask an Architect: 8 Key Open-plan Building Regulations Questions to Ask
Is there a fire escape route?One of the major questions your architect and Building Control officer will ask is, ‘Will it be safe to escape in the event of fire?’ It’s an issue nobody should take lightly, and even though dealing with it often makes open-plan spaces more difficult, it’s nevertheless important to stick to these rules.For example, a staircase providing an escape route from upstairs rooms wouldn’t generally be allowed to go through the kitchen. This is because the kitchen is considered a fire risk, and therefore no escape route should lead through it. Staircases are escape routes as well, and usually all rooms need a 30-minute separation – in other words fire doors – around them on the ground floor. The only way an escape route could lead through a kitchen is if you have a mist system installed, or sprinklers.In this open-plan space, no doors are needed between the kitchen and reception rooms. Why? Because there’s a ‘secondary escape’. Read on for more about these.
Anna Tobin added this to 10 Ways to Maximise Sunlight in a Terraced Home
Add a glazed extensionIf you decide to build into your side return, use as much glass as possible in your extension, so you don’t block the flow of light into that middle room. This glass box extension works wonderfully, and allows light from the side and above to enter the room beyond, so it might actually be brighter than before the extension was built.Thinking of extending outwards? Opt for a gorgeous glass box

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