The kitchen is known as the heart of the home. A bustling hub of activity where everyone seems to gather, whether it’s abandoning school bags and raiding the fridge, peeling the carrots and pouring another glass of wine, or putting the kettle on and providing a listening ear, the kitchen can be a room that feeds both the body and soul.

But, sometimes the kitchen can also be a room that is just a little too snug. A busy room that takes a battering from the stream of humans passing through, can leave it looking worn and shabby and in need of modernising. If you’re finding your kitchen a little too cosy at times, remodelling or extending your property could be the answer.

Affordable kitchen extensions: less of a squeeze and more of a social hot-spot

If you’ve got the space to extend, but you worry that finance will hold you back, check out our value packed, money-saving tips for building a kitchen extension on a budget:

Hire an architect or designer: Using a specialist in architectural design will allow you to plan your space effectively. Professional kitchen extension plans offer outstanding value for money. Architectural drawings when used as part of a design and build package can be used to control your budget once construction starts. With efficient use of space and resources taken into consideration, a reliable architectural designer will work with you to keep your outgoings low during the build and beyond.

Use reclaimed materials: The slogan ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ is not just for your household waste, it can also apply to cost-saving measures to keep your kitchen extension budget on track. To keep costs low you could try re-using kitchen carcasses and updating them with fresh doors and handles to achieve the look you want. Or you may want to upcycle your existing, used furnishings, think about recovering kitchen counters or adding a touch of paint to cupboard doors to give them a new lease of life. Visiting salvage yards can also lead to the discovery of unique design features like ceramic basins or traditional ironwork at discount prices. Or, keep an eye out for bargains on online auction sites. You may be able to pick up good quality, second-hand kitchen furniture for less.

Decide your budget in advance: This may sound an obvious point, but deciding your budget before the extension project begins will help you to focus your purchases. You are less likely to spend on a whim, keeping you within the spend allowance. Think about areas where you want to save in advance, for example, opting for imitation granite or laminate worktops, and the finishing touches you want to spend a little extra on to achieve some added wow factor, for example, lighting, designer taps, or contemporary door fixtures.

Shop around: Whilst it may be tempting to use a single supplier to source your kitchen essentials in order to streamline your project management, it could turn out to be more cost-effective by shopping around a variety of retailers and suppliers to find the best deals. You may need to do a little more co-ordination of deliveries and invoices, but this approach could save you money overall.  

Having the dream kitchen extension you’ve always longed for doesn’t have to mean over-spending.  Taking a considered and cost aware approach from the beginning can lead to long-term rewards and savings. Contact our design consultant Matt for a friendly, informal chat to find out how you can get great value from your kitchen extension build.