Have you decided to extend your kitchen? If you’re at the start of your journey, you’re likely filled with excitement about how to plan, equip and decorate your new space. However, it’s important to recognise that kitchen extensions represent a large commitment. They are sizeable investments that will forever change the look and functionality of your home. But when done right, these additions totally transform your property and quality of life, and all while increasing your home’s resale value.
Based in Caversham, Reading, MW Carpentry Ltd covers the wider Berkshire area. From Newbury to Henley-on-Thames, discerning homeowners trust our carpenters and building contractors for all their kitchen extension needs.
Because we provide end-to-end project management, we start working with you long before the physical build begins. During the initial consultation, we listen carefully to your ideas and concepts before providing our own advice and guidance.
In turn, this leads to a design that not only meets your expectations, but exceeds them.
We want you to be as informed as possible from the outset. In this blog, we look at some of the key considerations you must take on board in the pre-build phase.
The Costs Involved
As with all the home improvement and development work our carpenters and building contractors undertake, the first thing you must know when extending your kitchen is how much it will cost.
It’s impossible for us to give an accurate figure here for your own extension. There are too many potential variables. The size of your addition and its location are just two. Generally speaking, however, a full kitchen extension can total anything from £20,000 to £50,000.
This is why it’s so important to decide on the type of extension you want for your Newbury, Reading or Berkshire-area house, as it will determine how much you will need to spend.
The Value It Adds
It’s understandable to initially feel like the cost of kitchen extensions seems somewhat on the high side. But when you view the project over the long-term, the results our carpenters and building contractors achieve are one of the shrewdest property investments you can make.
The kitchen is ‘the heart of the home’, so it holds huge appeal with property owners and prospective buyers alike. For many people, it’s the most important room in the house. The fact that extending your kitchen can add as much as 15% to your home’s resale value reflects this importance.
Creating a spacious, stylish kitchen is a great project to take on if you have any plans to sell your home in the future.
Understand the Timings
It’s also essential to understand that extending your kitchen in Newbury, Reading or the neighbouring areas isn’t a quick job. Yes, our carpenters and builders deliver the fastest possible turnaround, but kitchen extensions have several stages, all of which take time. For example, securing Building Control approval can sometimes take as long as 8 weeks.
With an array of other tasks like site clearance, groundworks, electrical work, plumbing and heating services and, of course, the physical build itself, these tasks soon add up.
Due to the timings, most of your kitchen will be off-limits for extended periods. This means you must make alternative arrangements for meals. We always work with you to find a workable solution in this regard, but at the very least, you should budget for eating out or ordering in for the duration of works.