A kitchen extension with white units, stainless steel handles and kitchen islaland with bar stools.

The kitchen planning process has evolved dramatically over the years. Many customers are no longer just updating their existing kitchen spaces, but building kitchen extensions in all shapes and sizes.

We are often asked about what goes into the process of a large project like that. Where does the process start and how long does it take?

This kitchen extension case study was quite an efficient process. From the initial architect’s plan to the last decorator leaving the customers’ home took 10 months to complete. The final touch was the window seat cushion being delivered. This was a great example of good teamwork and communication between the building contractors and our kitchen designers and fitters.

The builder was the first port of call for our clients. They wanted to explore the possibility of creating an open-plan room that would be flooded with light through roof windows. The builder made several suggestions and introduced them a structural engineer. He then put the plans together and submitted them to the planning office.

Whilst waiting for planning permission, we set to work designing our customers’ dream kitchen. We suggested designing the kitchen prior to the building work commencing for a good reason… So that the position of walls, windows and doors can be moved to suit the best possible kitchen design.

We created 3D renders of the new kitchen design using our design software. This allowed them to visualise the designs and to suggested any tweaks they wanted to make. With the 3D visuals, the customers felt happy and comfortable and were happy to sign off the design.

Bespoke kitchen with white units and hob.
Bespoke kitchen window seating area with green top and cushions.

Planning a Kitchen Extension

Once the design had been finalised, the plans were passed over to the building contractors. This helped them to put the plumbing, waste and gas supply in the correct place as well as the window size and height of the windowsill.

At the beginning of May 2019 the development had been permitted and the building work started shortly after that

When the new structure was ready to break into, the old kitchen had to be completely stripped out. At this point, the couple decided to move out of the house for a few weeks. 

A stripped out kitchen with just the sink unit left.
Ceiling being stripped out along with walls back to breese blocks ready for new kitchen to be installed.

We passed the electrical plan for the kitchen to the electrician, so that the lighting and the power points could be put in the right places and the correct electrical loading could be fitted for all the kitchen appliances.

Architects drawing of kitchen extension.

The room had to be decorated before the kitchen was delivered and fitted in August 2019. 

The kitchen extension was finally complete with the window seat cushions in November 2019 and ready for photographs to be taken. In December 2019 we were all invited to the clients’ open house party to celebrate the fantastic finished project. It has been a journey that our customers were willing to share with us through these images…. 

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