Many old properties are in need of a makeover, as they may not fit the requirements and needs for modern-day living. Lots of changes have taken place. Today we are more inclined to create dining events which require us to be productive in the kitchen, which may not be possible due to certainly lack of spaces in those earlier kitchens. Thus, in popular areas of London such as Ealing, Richmond ,Fulham and Chiswick kitchen extensions and loft conversions are gaining popularity these days. But people start for kitchen extension without having much knowledge about design, construction, the law, and planning.
Given below are few things one must know before starting the kitchen extension:
1. The ‘Right to Light’ Exists in Law- The right to light law is a type of easement which overrides any planning permission you have. Thus, preventing one from blocking out his neighbor’s window. How¬ever, it does not mean that the exten¬sion cannot obstruct a neighbor’s view, or reduce the amount of light entering, these only are planning consid¬er-ations, so that a reasonably required light is used by the building.
2. Minimum Ceiling Heights- Normally the legal minimum floor to ceiling height is at least 2.1m. In case of kitchens with sloping ceilings, at least 50% of the area should have at least 2.1m of floor to ceiling height. Also the ceiling cannot be made higher or lower than floor to ceiling heights of other rooms.
3. Avoid Through Rooms- This can be considered to be the most important challenge, that while doing kitchen extensions, one should not end up with slicing up a good sized room
4. Balance Your Accommodation- All the stuffs and furniture should be arranged and accommodated in a proper way, or rather the kitchen extension should be planned in such a way that any new items planned to be brought in the kitchen should not make it compact or untidy.
5. Can be Started Within 48 Hours of Building Control Notification- One can commence the kitchen extension of immediately after giving a 48 hours’ notice to the local authority building control depar¬¬tment.
6. Remove Your Walls- One should always try to avoid using of walls, in a greater number to define boundaries. Creating the fewer walls, the more light and spa¬cious will be the property.
Kitchen Extension in the garden
Creating a garden studio into a modern kitchen could be a useful addition to your property and a wonderful system in keeping the kitchen clean and smell-free all the time. If it’s not always summer, then you may not need to worry as a garden studio may be completely insulated against damp, and the doors and windows may be chosen as per your choice. Tiles can be installed on floors and walls, to resist dirt and scratches for walls, floors, and kitchen boards, which are easy to clean. One may use the kitchen studio for having tea or a coffee, and this can be enjoyed in cold weather, too. At the same time, any kind of parties likes anniversaries; Thanksgivings etc can also be thrown there. Thus, garden studio can be considered to be one of the best kitchen extensions.