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Kitchen goes from cramped to spacious

Homeowners decide to extend their cramped kitchen rather than move.


When these homeowners originally bought their 4-bedroom house they knew it had some issues. Having already stretched themselves financially to buy the house, they ended up skimping on a few elements and the kitchen was one of those. At the time of buying the house, they made the decision to put in a cheap, contractor-grade kitchen as a temporary measure with the intention to upgrade as the family increased.

With two growing boys in the house the cramped kitchen wasn't working, and since they loved the location of the property, they decided that it would be better to add on and extend the kitchen to have all the space the family needed. The existing kitchen and narrow dining room didn't have enough space and nobody could move once they were seated at the dining table.

The home is ideally situated for schools and shops and the couple didn't want to have to move to another location, particularly when residential property prices were high, so they looked around at options and decided to extend the kitchen into the back of the property and have a kitchen / dining room that would also flow outdoors into the garden.





The new kitchen design incorporates a breakfast bar for informal family gatherings, and is also ideal when friends pop in for coffee and a chat. The open plan layout allows the cook to join the conversation and be part of what's going on, whether for family meals or when entertaining.

The homeowners wanted a kitchen that was light and bright, but without been too stark and sterile, so the units are a pale grey with white countertops. The modular design incorporates plenty of storage and there's more than enough room for the entire family, and for entertaining.

The entire remodel took approximately 8 months and this is something you need to take into consideration when thinking about adding on to your home. Some renovation will inconvenience your daily life and need to be planned for.

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 If you are considering the option to add on to your home, a well-planned and designed addition can boost your floor plan and improve your lifestyle, plus the added value it will add to your property. Consult with an architectural designer or architect for a project that is well managed and conforms to current Municipal guidelines and regulations.



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