Linda Parker, an expert freelance journalist who covers all homes and interiors subjects, has written a blog for Magnet on the trend for kitchens in conservatory-style extensions – read all about it below ….
For several years now, I’ve been admiring the ultra-sleek glazed extensions that house many of the latest kitchens. It’s not a style that’s for everyone – and indeed, it does need a generous budget and a back garden that will accommodate an extension, but the amount of light and space these projects bring to quite ordinary houses has to be seen to be believed (and appreciated).
I love the way that the extension opens up the house to the garden, allowing folding-sliding doors to be thrown wide open in summer so that the lines between house and garden become blurred. The fact that the resulting space usually becomes a sunny dining room, often with space for a sofa and a family chill-out area is a great concept. These kitchens usually incorporate an island unit too – which can sit between ‘kitchen’ and ‘dining/conservatory’ space, bridging the gap very neatly indeed. It also makes up for the lack of wall space which ensues when removing part of the back wall of the house and turning it into a conservatory-style extension.
Just plan the island very carefully … it’s going to be the chef’s ‘performance area’ and as such needs to accommodate a prep sink, lots of chopping space, a hob, and easy access to pan drawers and a perhaps even a waste chute and a pop-up bank of electrical sockets (for the mixer, processor, blender etc). And of course, the best thing about an island kitchen is that the chief cook and bottle washer doesn’t have to stand with his or her back to the rest of the room, but can chop and mix whilst facing guests and being part of whatever social or family occasion is happening in the rest of the kitchen-conservatory.
Linda Parker, Freelance Interiors Journalist.
Currently contributing to: Period Homes & Interiors; Good Homes; Beautiful Kitchens, The Essential Kitchen, Bedroom and Bathroom magazine.
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