Looking for pictures of beautiful kitchen extensions? Our showcase of light and bright kitchen ideas will inspire and help you create your perfect scheme, transforming a cramped layout into an inviting modern space for living, dining and entertaining.
A must-have in new properties and one of the top remodelling projects in period homes, the generous open-plan kitchen is now the epicentre for modern living. There are several ways to scale-up space, from combining adjoining rooms or adding a conservatory to building a completely new room or digging out the basement. Be under no illusions, all options require time and money but, once the dust has settled, it’s a decision few regret.
Planning and designing an extension
Recommendations are by far the best way to find a tradesperson in your area. Ask friends and members of the family whose projects you’ve admired. Few people will pass on the contacts of someone who has done a shoddy job.
Check out the boards and signage that building firms and architects put up outside their projects, if you’ve been impressed by the build. It’s also worth approaching the owner to see if they are happy with the work.
Search online – most industries have a professional body or web-based collective that lists its members along with contact details. For an architect try architecture.com, ciat.org.uk for an architectural technical designer, and find structural engineers at istructe.org. Visit mybuilder.com or ratedpeople.com to locate building-trade specialists.
Also try Trust Mark, which encompasses a wide range of trade bodies such as Federation of Master Builders, National Federation of Roofing Contractors and the electrical institution, NICEIC. It claims to check its member’s work, financial status and insurance, and also offers extra insurance and a complaints procedure.
Ask your kitchen designer – creating schemes for new renovations and extensions is now the norm, so they are well-placed to recommend a good builder or architect. You can also trust your designer to alert you to any bad eggs in your shortlist of contenders.
A mixture of old and new wooden beams and furniture adds country-style charm to this kitchen and glass extension. The central island is ideal for food preparation while entertaining guests in the dining area, and provides handy extra storage.
Basement kitchens can offer huge amounts of space. The area underneath the stairs can double as storage, leaving the cooking space clutter-free. Pale walls and cabinetry keep the scheme light and airy.
Wooden worktops and blue units create a country-style feel in this open-plan kitchen extension. Glass doors at the end of the room lead straight out into the garden.
A vaulted glass roof adds instant wow factor to this spacious kitchen design. Antique-style pendant lights, marble worktops and stylish dining chairs finish off the look.
Adding an extension to an already established kitchen creates room for a dining table, transforming this small kitchen into an open-plan space. Pale green complements walnut kitchen units and creates a modern look when mixed with red accents.
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Here, a linking conservatory joins an outbuilding to the main property, via a light and airy kitchen. A gable window provides a focal point in this design by Vale Garden Houses, from £28,000.
A conservatory was built onto the back of this house to accommodate a spacious family kitchen. Pale wood cupboards, limestone floor tiles and stainless-steel appliances ensure it’s a bright and welcoming space. The eight-foot long octagonal granite-topped island doubles as a dining table.
An L-shaped sofa helps to define the separate areas of this open-plan kitchen extension, as well as creating a relaxed family atmosphere. White walls and pale painted kitchen units give the room a sense of space, while the same flooring throughout unites the different zones.
A contemporary, open-plan walnut kitchen-diner combines wooden accents with silver-coloured details and mirrored plinths to create a sleek, luxurious look. The small step down helps to define the division between the kitchen and dining area.
The pastel shades used on the walls, fridge and furniture give this kitchen-diner a calm feel, while also helping to define the dining area. The continuation of the wooden floor throughout the two rooms gives the space a cohesive look.
Skylights and a statement extractor fan give this sleek kitchen-diner the wow factor. A breakfast bar has been added to the central island unit, making it a great place for the family to catch up.
A glass roof adds the illusion of space and height to a small kitchen. Pastel blue walls and country-style kitchen units give it character.
The addition of a narrow side-return extension transformed this kitchen into a light-filled space. It was designed by Architect Your Home on a budget of around £40,000.
This original kitchen, which has had a conservatory built onto it, is now a ‘wet’ area, where a sink, dishwasher, and washing machine are situated. All the other appliances are now in the extension. The limestone floor tiles seamlessly connect both rooms and simple taupe wall tiles blend into this relaxed scheme.
Modern and sleek, this conservatory kitchen boasts clean lines and neutral colours. White units and a tiled floor reflect the natural light.
An extension at the side of a property can add depth to narrow kitchens. Pale wood units, limestone flooring and glass panels keep the look fresh and modern.
Housed in a conservatory, this kitchen-diner brings the outside in with floor-to-ceiling glass windows. A glass dining table continues the theme, while comfy leather sofas add warmth.
This glass extension, built to the side of the kitchen, allows light to flood into the room. Here, the island has been built around a pillar, incorporating it into the design rather than sitting either side of it.
An extension at the back of this property created the perfect space for an open-plan kitchen-diner. A breakfast bar separates the cooking area from the eating area and stools provide a handy spot for a quick bite. To make the room feel bright and airy, the walls were kept white.
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A curved island creates a striking breakfast bar and separates the kitchen from the rest of the living space. Wood against white gives it a clean yet homely feel.
Light pours into this spacious kitchen extension, complete with an island unit and bar stools for casual dining. A large alcove with hob is tucked between the kitchen units to maximise space, while white units and floor tiles add to the bright and airy feel.
This spacious kitchen-diner extension has a dramatic angled wall, glass sliding doors and a glass roof, giving it a striking appearance – it’s perfect for hosting large parties.
The perfect kitchen extension is more than just a place to cook: the ultimate modern kitchen is a clever, multitasking space that is designed for living and entertaining. Here, an open-plan design allows you to socialise more easily with family and friends while cooking. Warm cream tones on kitchen units, walls and floor ensure this large space doesn’t feel cold.
In this extension, social interaction between the cook and the rest of the room was key, so the breakfast bar and table are aligned. Metallic Anthracite and White hi-gloss kitchen units maximise the light, while the green splashback and pendant lights echo the fresh hues of the garden.
Pure white and pale wood combine to create a spacious kitchen that makes the most of a garden view. An L-shaped design creates the most usable wall space for storage and built-in appliances. The island is deep enough to have a room for a sink and a decent-sized prep area.
This bright open-plan kitchen has been designed within an extension to provide a large dining area that overlooks the garden. With fewer walls to support radiators and a larger space to heat, underfloor heating is an ideal solution in an open-plan kitchen.
The expansive open-plan space includes a kitchen-diner and living area. An island unit is integral to the room’s function as a place for food prep and entertaining, while bi-fold doors provide a link with the garden complete with outdoor terrace.
Sliding glass doors will give rooms an alfresco feel. The sleek, unadorned style of these doors suit this modern kitchen perfectly.
This bespoke scheme flows towards a relaxed living space and onto the patio, with pretty painted cabinetry in varying shades of lilac, purple and soft green. As it’s a long room, the layout has been configured into different zones, with the dining and living area stationed at the garden end so relaxing views can be enjoyed while eating.
Make the most of idyllic views with a kitchen extension and bi-fold doors that lead to a large decked terrace. Timber floorboards inside are complemented by the wooden decking outside – a perfect fit with the farmhouse table, rustic cabinetry and yellow range cooker.
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Installing large glass doors the length of your room means that when folded back, the outside really does become an extension of the interior. Centre your workstation to run in parellel to ensure you have the best views outdoors.
Extend into unused space at the side of a Victorian house and maximise your kitchen space. In this layout, slanted glass panels run the length of the room and have been used to let light in instead of windows, allowing extra wall space for cabinetry. Timber partitions echo the wooden floor, while Shaker-style cabinetry keeps the scheme feeling light and bright.
Floor-to-ceiling vaulted windows surround this kitchen, giving garden views from all angles. Pale-painted cabinetry in a soft blue keeps the design feeling bright.
Barnes of Ashburton
A kitchen doesn’t have to be on the ground floor. In this layout, a modern design is located on the second storey of a double-height extension. Glass panels either side of the stairs are in keeping with the large floor-to-ceiling windows, which open onto a small terrace.
This kitchen allows access to the garden through a conservatory extension, with a table cleverly placed so that dining feels alfresco whatever the weather. The structure’s oak frame lends a warm touch to the glass of the design and adds an organic feel that works with the surrounding scenery.
When considering an extension, think about featuring varying roof heights and incorporating ceiling lanterns overhead to allow your space to be flooded with light. This open-plan conservatory-style design sets the scene for striking horizontal-grain Zebrano-veener cabinetry and dark-green feature walls.
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Opt for flooring in similar shades for both inside and out to help the space to flow. Here, pale tiles have been used to link with the exterior, while roof lanterns in different sizes let light in where it’s most needed. The traditional-style doors work well against a modern kitchen scheme, and zingy orange adds a colourful touch.
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