Many people assume that when they’ve outgrown their current home, they need to move to to get the space that they need. But if you love where you live and you’ve got the money to consider moving to a bigger house, it may be a more cost-effective and less disruptive option to completely transform your existing house with a kitchen extension instead.
If you can’t decide whether you’d rather move house to get the extra space that you need or extend, then take a look at these inspirational kitchen extensions, all under £200,000.
1. Light-filled extension for £190,000
The most desirable aspect of extending your own kitchen is being able to flood a previously dark space with lots of light. Bi-fold doors are a sought after feature in many kitchen extensions, and when paired with roof lights, they totally fill the space with natural light. By decorating a kitchen that uses this much glazing in white, with simple splashes of colour, the space appears bright and spacious all day long.
2. A £175,000 kitchen diner
Another example of a kitchen extension filled with light, this home uses two bi-fold doors to open the kitchen out on to the beautiful garden. The white floors and walls reflect the light around the room, while the wooden units add an elegant traditional feel to the otherwise contemporary space.
3. A traditional kitchen for £120,000
If you live in a traditional house, and don’t fancy the contrast of a contemporary kitchen with lots of glazing, then a sympathetic extension is definitely the way to go. Building the extension in a similar stone to the rest of the house is ideal for creating a seamless look, while choosing a neutral kitchen with Shaker style can fit into almost any scheme. If you’re not interested in bi-fold doors and don’t want vast expanses of glazing taking up wall space, then traditional-style extensions really lend themselves to rooflights or roof lanterns.
4. Adding value with a £118,050 extension
Sometimes, adding an extension to your property is exactly what you need to do to add value, especially if your home is in an area where many of the surrounding houses are much larger. An extension might be what you need to reconfigure an inconvenient space, as the owners of this home did when they added a side-return extension to create a kitchen-diner in their home.
5. An architectural extension for £107,000
Extending your home gives you the perfect opportunity to rethink its layout. Employing an architect and creating something visually spectacular is a brilliant way of setting your home apart from the rest, especially if many of the houses in the area have also been extended. This architecturally inspired kitchen extension has been fitted with the perfect contemporary grey kitchen.
6. Doubling the space for £114,000
In many houses, the kitchen was originally designed as a cooking space rather than a social environment for the whole family. With the changing way that we use our homes, the kitchen-diner has become much more central to life. This beautiful, contemporary kitchen has been extended and combined with other rooms to double its size, creating a social environment.
7. A £150,000 rear kitchen extension
Moving to get a bigger house isn’t always the answer. If you live in a suburb, just outside of the city that you work in, moving further away might not be that cost effective once you factor in travel costs. An extension turned out to be the perfect way for owners Ellie and Steve Hodgson to get the home that they wanted, without having to compromise on location.
8. Glass box extension for £110,000
You don’t have to add loads of space to your house to turn it into something practical that suits your lifestyle. It could be as simple as moving one or two walls and adding an expanse of glass. Doing so transformed this kitchen from something regular, into something unique — filling the room with light and adding those all-important square metres to improve the owner’s lifestyle.
9. £120,000 kitchen transformation
The side return is often an under-utilised space. What it should actually be, is an opportunity to add on to your kitchen. This extension provided the perfect opportunity to introduce roof glazing into the space without altering the existing roof and has transformed the kitchen into a bright and airy space.
10. Industrial style for £116,000
With kitchen extensions, there seems to be no such thing as too much glass. The more natural light you can get into a room without compromising energy-efficiency, the better. This glass kitchen extension lends itself perfectly to the industrial decorating trend, contrasting brilliantly with stainless steel and the respectful use of natural materials like wood and stone
11. Adding a wine cellar for £196,000
Adding a new kitchen extension is a brilliant opportunity to add a touch of luxury to your home. If you’ve got an unconverted basement below your kitchen or can afford to add one, use your renovation to integrate a wine cellar into your living space. This beautiful yet simple kitchen conceals a luxurious wine cellar right below the floorboards.
12. £140,000 open-plan kitchen
Combining full-width sliding doors and a contemporary design scheme is a brilliant way to make a kitchen extension seem huge. You can also be clever with your choice of flooring and how you lay it. If your floorboards span the length of the room, you can make the room appear much longer than it is, whilst laying the flooring across the room from wall to wall, will make it appear wider. This kitchen contrasts its contemporary white colour scheme with parquet floorboards.
13. Redesigned kitchen-diner for £160,000
If you’ve always thought about transforming your home with an open-plan design, adding a kitchen extension could be the way to reorganise your space. This open-plan kitchen diner and living space was created to make better use of the kitchen and open the back of the house up to the garden.
14. A £110,000 contemporary extension
Adding a second storey on top of a kitchen extension is a cost-effective way of increasing the size of your bedroom and bathroom space upstairs. Two-storey extensions are rarely double the price of single storey extensions, because the cost of expensive elements like the roof and foundations is spread over two floors. The owners of this home created a sleek, open-plan kitchen extension with extra rooms above.
15. A touch of New York for £116,000
If you have a passion for cooking, extending your kitchen is going to be high on your list of home improvement projects. This New York loft-style kitchen extension was designed with cooking in mind, with its relaxed, open-plan scheme, ample storage and professional-grade range cooker.