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If you’re looking to boost the value to your home, then creating an open plan kitchen/living space by adding kitchen extensions is one of the best ways to do it.
Writing in a guest blog for Rated People, property guru Phil Spencer said, “Many potential buyers with young families want this room to be the heart of the home and kitchens really do sell houses.”
Follow our tips below if low-cost kitchen extensions is next on your list of plans for your property.
Keeping costs down in your kitchen extensions project
Considering the variables
Kitchen extensions are potentially a costly business, particularly when you factor in certain variables.
The soil type around your property, amount of glazing that you plan to integrate, size of the extension and where you are based can all add significant amounts to your overall spend.
Expensive locations, for example, reportedly cost around 30 percent more for a kitchen extension than the cheapest locations.
The extension type that you chose will help determine cost but so will your choice of project management, design and contractors – so chose wisely.
Project managing your kitchen extensions project
Paying your builder to project manage your kitchen extension project is convenient but will add at least 20% on top of the cost of materials and labour in the final bill.
If you’re comfortable with project management then save this extra cost by taking on the role of building contractor yourself.
Choosing the right tradespeople
Avoid being ripped off from cowboy tradespeople by always asking for references first and then be sure to check them out.
Ideally, try and use people and firms recommended by family and friends.
Alarms should start ringing if initial pricing seems too low or you’re asked to pay for building work in advance – you should only pay for work that has been completed to a standard that you’re happy with.
For a small project expect to pay when the job is finished and for an extension, agree on payments at set stages, or interim payments based on a verifiable list of labour and materials used up to date.
If a builder does not want to supply materials, then buy them yourself.
Cost-effective kitchen extensions design
Keep your extension design simple to keep costs down, which means go easy on the expensive to build curves and corners.
A rectangular or square footprint with a simple pitched roof is generally the cheapest extension design to choose.
Design the build around off-the-shelf products, such as standard-size doors and windows and avoid made to order or unique products.
Keeping fees low for your kitchen extension project
Chose your designer wisely and try to distinguish between those that know how and are willing to keep down their fees and those that supply only beautiful but expensive designs.
It’s recommended that for a simple, low-cost build you find an architect, architectural technician, chartered surveyor or structural engineer who will produce planning and building regulations drawings for a fixed, all-in price.
If your extension can be designed to fall within your permitted development rights no planning application is required, saving the planning fee.
Low-cost kitchen extensions
Single story extension
Single-storey extensions at the back of a house with full-length sliding doors that bring lots of light into the space are super popular and for good reason.
You can even buy off-the-shelve bi-folding doors, which have made this type of extension much more affordable than it once was and helped boost its popularity.
This kitchen extension type is a relatively simple building project and costs in the range of £10,000 – £15,000.
A conservatory kitchen extension or an orangery
Orangeries and conservatories, meanwhile, are often cheaper to build than single-storey extension and provide a useful way to increase the living space in a kitchen area.
Conservatories are cheaper than orangeries, which typically have a flat solid roof or flat glazing and solid brick walls, while conservatories are often entirely glazed.
The average orangery costs upwards of £20,000, although you can get one for under £10,000 it’s important, however, to consider build quality and adding true value to your home.