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3 Typical Mistakes Made With New Kitchen Extensions


In the modern UK household, it seems that the traditional living room has been largely abandoned for the kitchen. 

Modern Kitchen Extension

Whereas in the past families would instinctively congregate in their lounges, they now head for their kitchens when they want to not just cook, but also take some time out to chat together. 

Do you wish your kitchen was the focal point of your house, but need to extend to make that possible?

You’re in luck as Pennine specialises in the design and installation of kitchen extensions, and whilst organising yours, we can advise you of what you shouldn’t do so that your kitchen extension doesn’t disappoint.

Insufficient lighting

Your kitchen extension should be shown off and you need to be able to see what you’re doing properly when getting those dinners ready. Therefore, your lighting must be right. 

A key area is where you prep food, so good lighting for your hob and at the sink is imperative. This is referred to as task lighting, and can be implemented underneath cupboards, as an example. 

Planning on installing a kitchen island? That needs emphasising too, which you can do so with a low-hanging pendant light, and by enticing light into the space with a skylight. 

A lack of worktops

Cooking enthusiasts need as much worktop space as they can get so that they have plenty of room to chop, blend, mix, knead etc. and also have somewhere to display their many kitchen appliances. 

If you’re a keen cook, insist on having lots of worktops to make it easier for yourself when sorting meals. 

Let whoever is designing your kitchen extension know this from the outset.

Non-compliance with planning laws

This would be the biggest mistake of all, and it’s one that’s so easily avoidable! 

To find out if your proposed kitchen extension needs planning permission, you just need to get clarification from your local authority.

They may inform you that it satisfies Permitted Development Rights, meaning you’re automatically permitted to build it, or they could tell you to get a planning application organised and submitted. Ask them if it needs Building Regulations Approval too.  

Do things the Pennine way and your kitchen extension will go perfectly to plan. We can quote you for one here.


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