Having worked with Handcrafted Kitchens to design their perfect open plan kitchen diner, leading Stockport Chartered Architectural Technologists Mr and Mrs Adshead of AG Architectural Solutions share some expert advice on the essential do’s and don’ts of planning a kitchen extension:-

  • Do consult your local planning office to ask what work can be done under permitted development. If you need to apply for planning permission take advice from your local authority on what may be acceptable in your area. Alternatively, speak to an Architectural Technologist or Architect, they should offer advice free of charge.
  • Do check party wall agreements when building up to a boundary, you must inform your neighbour of your intent and have their agreement in writing.
  • Do choose a recommended professional to draft your detailed plans. Both CIAT and RIBA will have a list of companies and individuals within your locality.
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  • Do consider removing internal walls to create an open plan space and avoid wasting space.Take advice from a professional or builder as to whether the walls are load bearing.  If so you will require consent from Building Control
  • Do include as much natural light as possible
  • Do consider off site construction methods
  • Do choose a recommended builder and obtain a schedule of works at an early stage.
  • Do consider how you will live with building works or if you need to move out and factor this into the budget.
  • Do fix a budget and agree prices with everyone at the outset.
  • Do ensure everyone on site is clear about their responsibilities.
  • Do make contingency plans just in case you come across unexpected costs. We usually suggest working to approximately 10% contingency.
  • Do consider storage of building materials.
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  • Do think about the kitchen layout at an early stage, in the context of the rest of the house, garden and family at the early stage of planning.
  • Do consider an open plan kitchen diner but pay attention to detail, consider good extraction, drainage, noise reduction and heating.
  • Do consider a kitchen bespoke to your needs, it doesn’t have to blow the budget.
  • Do work with a kitchen designer who will listen to your ideas and design a kitchen that works for you and your family.
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  • Do create a mood board and look at how each specific piece of furniture such as a bespoke kitchen island would work in your space.
  • Don’t forget to draw up a contract with the builder. We recommend the JCT homeowners contract.
  • Don’t change your specification after the contract has been signed, it may be costly.
  • Don’t go for the cheapest building quote, busy builders may not be as competitive.
  • Don’t neglect cash flow, it is likely to extend your build time.
  • Don’t be without dust barriers, move furniture into storage or wrap it up well.
  • Don’t let the site get untidy, ensure the builders keep rubbish under control.
  • Don’t assume your existing heating system will be suitable for a bigger house and factor this into the budget
  • Don’t start the work at the wrong time of year, ideally start around March or April to reduce the problem of frost
  • Don’t forget to inform your home insurance company, you may need to buy specialist extension insurance to cover structural elements in addition to the risk of accidents and missing materials
  • Don’t forget about building regulations approval. Before your building works start you will need to submit either a building notice or full plans application.
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  • Don’t miss delivery dates, ensure your builder’s schedule includes any items you are dealing with directly such as the kitchen.
  • Ensure all internal works by tradesmen are completed before your kitchen is installed.

“Having built an extension to create our forever home we wanted a kitchen that was not only built to last but also completely bespoke to our needs. Being Chartered Architectural Technologists, design is very important to us and we knew from our very first meeting that Handcrafted Kitchens were just what we were looking for.”

Mr & Mrs Adshead
AG Architectural Solutions Ltd

If you have any queries about a new extension feel free to call Lucy or Tom Adshead on 01613555880 or email enquiries@ag-solutions.co.uk