Inspiration gallery: modern kitchen extensions

The kitchen is the hub of the home so you can see why this space is top of the list for most of us when it comes to extending. Modern kitchen extensions can create a space for all the family to be at any one time, with room to cook, play, relax and socialise.

Modern kitchen extensions will not only add value to a property but also add extra space without the need to move – perfect if you have already made your house into a home.

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The first consideration for any modern kitchen extension is size, and this is largely dictated by your outdoor space. The most common additions are side returns, which fill the narrow space at the back of Victorian and Edwardian houses, but simple rear designs are also popular.

I’ve put together an amazing inspiration gallery of my top modern kitchen extensions – big and small, side returns and rear designs… which one is your favourite?

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The key to keeping thing looking contemporary? Slick glazing, sleek cabinetry, modern materials and the latest innovations in appliances and lighting.

The outside extension of the featured image kitchen, above. Architect: Sean and Stephen Ltd. Photographer: Martina O’Shea

Crittall-style doors

A 3m single-storey rear extension, was the solution to creating more space and light to Lily Pebble’s classic-contemporary kitchen.

Scavolini kitchen extension

Building in plenty of storage keeps the space clutter free. Banks of units make the most of available wall space and the fitted look complements open-plan living. Diesel Social Kitchen in Ruxe Grey Veneer and Drip Metal Matt lacquer were installed in this project by Multi Living. The kitchen starts from £10,000, from Scavolini.

Plain English kitchen

Finding the ideal layout is vital when planning your new space. This multi-functional island unit stretches centrally down the length of the room, allowing easy access to the steel-framed doors. British Standard by Plain English kitchens start from £8000.


Steel-framed glazing, like this one from Drury Casement, brings a lot of sunlight into a home. Read more about this modern extension, here.

Caple kitchen extension

A designer can solve both practical and style issues. This airy design from Caple enables light to flow through the space. The Metz kitchen range in Graphite is priced from around £8,200 for a scheme, or £228 for a 60cm high-line base unit.

Exterior shot of industrial kitchen extension

Sliding doors create an indoor-outdoor feel. Read more about this project, here

Life kitchens

A bank of flat-fronted units plus a kitchen island accentuate the clean lines of this partially glazed extension. The pronounced grains in the timber doors and marble splashback add warmth and tactile feel. Designed by Life Kitchens, where prices start from £25,000.

Maxlight designs

Sliding doors with minimal frames look elegant, let plenty of light into your new extension, and can create an indoor-outdoor feel. These Maxlight designs, part of a project by Jo Cowen, cost around £7800.


Recessed downlights, a flush-fitting extractor and a neat roof window all break up the expanse of this low ceiling. High-level open shelving also helps to create the illusion of height. Scavolini kitchens start from £10000.

Simply Extend project

A wraparound single-storey extension transformed the ground floor of this family home in London. The new open-plan kitchen-diner has clean lines, a linear layout, and monochrome fittings plus easy access to the rear garden. Projects by Simply Extend are priced from £62,400.

Featured image: Architect: Sean and Stephen Ltd. Photographer: Martina O’Shea

Post updated: 6th July 2021.

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