Kitchen extension ideas: 10 amazing real-life projects

Kitchen extension ideas

Kitchen extension ideas are about more than only gaining space: they’re about creating the perfect area for your needs. You might want a social zone for entertaining so you’re not hidden away in the kitchen while your guests are elsewhere socialising. Perhaps you want a place that can adapt to a growing family. Or you might be looking to bring the outside in and incorporate your garden into your living area.

I’ve been busy trawling through many amazing images on the lookout for inspo for my own renovation project. There were so many to choose from that I couldn’t resist putting together a look book of my favourites. Take a peek…

Firstly, bring the outside in with this a wall of glass and folding doors. Wow – how many kitchen extension ideas have you seen that look like this? This double height build is stunning, while the multiple ovens allow you to cook a number of meals at the same time. So perfect for entertaining!

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Kitchen extension ideas: this scheme by Kesseler features Aldbury painted timber shaker on the left, Vanquish dark grey on the island. It also features Aura Dark Ice textured woodgrain laminate on the right. A similar Kesseler kitchen would cost around £25,000.

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I love this industrial look kitchen with handleless cabinetry and wired light fittings. However, it’s also family friendly in terms of practicality, with lots of storage and cute blackboard cupboards on one side.

This kitchen extension by Architects at 50 Degrees North has a striking wrap-around design. It features a large expanse of glazing and a hard-to-miss supporting steel beam that has been painted red.

For the keen chef, this kitchen island is perfect with lots of drawers for easy access to your most-used items and space for fresh potted herbs. In addition, there’s seating located at a lover-level breakfast bar – a safe distance from the hob.

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Kitchen extension ideas: Siematic’s L-shaped Urban kitchen starting from £25,000.

The stripped back brick walls and concrete flooring  help give an industrial feel. A large island in the middle of this spacious open-plan room creates a central hub leaving lots of floor area for living and dining zones too – fantastic for a large family.

This rustic kitchen, which was part of a barn conversion, features a reclaimed pinewood finish. Kitchens from The Main Company start from £25,000.

More inspiration for your own renovation

The change of levels in this kitchen extension helps create zones, allowing for intimate spaces but also an open-plan flow throughout.

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Architects at Gruff delivered beautifully designed zones including a kitchen and dining area, a quiet reading alcove, and a sunken lounge.

Architects created this elegant look using iridescent bricks and polished concrete floors, paired with white walls and Italian lighting.

Inter Urban Studios created a large new kitchen with a dining table and snug without losing out on any outdoor space, by using the side return.

Large steel-framed glazing and lightwells create a striking focal point and stunning detail as well as lots of natural light.

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Kitchen extension ideas: A rear-and-side extension for an open-plan kitchen-living-diner by Martins Camisuli Architects and Designers.

More inspiration for your own renovation

This family space uses roof lights and full-height windows to create a sense of space and light. The unusual shape of the build allows for different zones for cooking, dining and relaxing.

Kitchen extension ideas: After the first planning application was refused, The Art of Building showed the homeowner a different option – instead of one extension, they proposed a rear design as well as a side-return solution which open up plenty of space together.

The flow of this kitchen extension is really clever and helps bring the outside space in giving the illusion of a much larger floor area. The full roof of glazing above the dining area maximises the amount of daylight.

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Kitchen extension ideas: Palmer Lunn Architects extended and fully refurbished this Georgian terraced house to provide flexible and modern living.

Featured image: With its delicate dark grey tones, Caesarstone’s Symphony Grey is complemented by its lighter diagonal surface veins for textured depth. Priced from £550 per sq m.

So, how lush were those kitchen extension ideas? If you loved them, you should also read The Kitchen Sessions: Short on space? Plan your perfect kitchen extension.

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