What you should consider
Think about natural light when you extend on the ground floor. ‘A rear extension can make the internal space very dark, especially if it’s already on a northern orientation,’ says Melanie. ‘Neighbouring properties can cause problems if their windows are close to the boundary; equally, however, with the new permitted development (PD) rights a single storey can be built up to the boundary.’ Always check with your local authority before you start.
The design of the kitchen is crucial, too. ‘It’s important to zone the space so that there’s minimal overlap between activities,’ says Graeme Smith, senior designer at Second Nature Kitchens. ‘It can be hard in a small kitchen, so take extra care to create practical and safe multifunctional areas. Keeping noise levels low is a factor to consider, so look out for quiet extractors and appliances, and place them out of sight for a streamlined appearance.’
Need to know
Exercising your PD rights can save time. ‘Always get your certificate of lawfulness application submitted to show that you are building legally,’ says Melanie. Think, too, about the materials you choose for doors and worktops, as well as appliance brands, as these will have a big impact on cost.
How much will it cost?
‘Estimate £2,220 to £2,400 per square metre for any high- or medium-specification extension with glass, underfloor heating and a mid-range kitchen,’ says Melanie.
Featured image: Designed by Clear Architects, this single-storey extension has H280cm sliding doors and a ribbon strip of roof window for a light-filled kitchen. The entire project, including kitchen, cost around £306,000