8-steps to planning the perfect kitchen extension

Extending your home can feel like a daunting task to undertake. Recent research carried out by the Federation of Master Builders found that:

– 25% of consumers fear the final cost will be much higher than the quote
– 15% worry the work won’t be up to standard
– 33% have had a bad experience with a tradesperson
– 10% say they don’t know how to find a reputable builder


Follow our simple 8-step process though and you can have a stunning and spacious new living space in no time at all.

  1. Plan your build space
    What do you currently have? What do you currently need? Do you need to open up or extend out?
    Are you going to build a single-storey rear extension or make better use of wasted space with a side return extension? How will you best remodel your existing footprint and maximise the natural light?
  2. Zoning
    How do you currently use the space? What’s missing from it?
    More storage? A kitchen island? Perhaps a larger table for entertaining? Imagine how you want to use your new space. It’s crucial that each zone has a clearly defined function and that there is a natural flow between the zones. From the oven to the fridge, the hob to the sink, imagine walking in and out of the new room and ensure your new layout will work for you.
  3. Set your budget
    Knowing what you can and can’t afford is imperative, and open and honest conversations about cost will save time in the long run. The construction element of the project is generally ‘fixed’ whereas the fit-out and finishing touches has the greatest variability. Understanding your budget will be key to achieving the best glazing, kitchen, electrical and flooring options for your build.
  4. Call in the experts!
    At Cool Buildings, we offer the full turnkey service across London and the south-east of England — a design & build service like no other. From the 3D-drawings we supply to help you truly visualise your new home addition, to the project management of your extension using our own in-house experienced and friendly building team and key partners. Our attention to detail and the care and effort we take is what makes our customers so happy. We will always work with you to give you the very best and most functional home extension you can afford.
  5. Legal consent
    Now that you have the experts on board, let Cool Buildings advise you on every step of the legal and planning process before we break ground. We can work with you to secure: planning permission, building-control, party wall awards or upfront geological investigations.
  6. Finalise the internal finishing spec and kitchen
    Now the dull bits are done, the exciting stuff can start! We can point you in the direction of the very best kitchen designers for your location and budget who can get started once we have the watertight structure in place. We’ll even manage them and their contractors for you.
  7. Start Building
    Now that you’ve dotted the i’s and crossed the t’s it’s time to start building! Cool Buildings will introduce you to your dedicated project manager who will then issue you with a guaranteed build schedule. We’ll start and finish on time and you’ll have regular updates throughout.
  8. Enjoy the Space!
    In a matter of weeks you can have a truly beautiful and bespoke new home extension. You and your family can now relax and enjoy your new space with the peace of mind that all Cool Buildings come with a 10-year guarantee.

rear extension and kitchen by Ashley Lewis

side kitchen extension Cool Buildings Ealing