Thinking of extending your kitchen? Then there are a few points worth considering before you start work.
1. Before you start, you need to decide exactly what you'll use the extra space for. Will you be adding a dining area to a kitchen? Would you rather add more kitchen unit? Or are you after extra light in the form of windows and / or a skylight? Once you know exactly what you want, it becomes easier to plan the extension.
2. Depending on where you are extending to (will it be into your garden, for example?) you will need to look into planning permission laws and find out how to apply, along with any requirements you need to meet. This is also a good time to let your neighbours know your plans as an addition to your home could affect them.
3. A kitchen designer will be able to help you to utilise the space available to you. It can be worth consulting two or three to get a good overview of design ideas, but it is important to give them a clear brief of exactly what you want from the space, as they will then be able to advise on layout and additions.
4. Consider your budget when you're deciding on an extension - this will determine how much work you can get done in terms of the design, installation and decoration. If you only have a limited budget, you should consider a very simple extension. Laying flooring, painting and tiling are easier to DIY, but if you're doing a specialist job, you should leave it to the pros.