The Forever Home – The Kitchen Extension Ideas

Since receiving our planning approval for our new extension a couple of weeks ago my husband and I have been spending a lot of time on Pinterest looking for ideas for our new space.  We are both huge fans of the open living/kitchen/dining space and this is a look we are wanting to create.  With two little boys who will undoubtably be spending a lot of time in the garden as they grow older we really want to make this back room the heart of our home.

We live in a cottage which was originally built in the 1850’s.  Twenty years ago the previous owners added an extension to the back of the house which kept the style of the original build.  It is a traditional property with a few quirky little features that we fell in love with.  The huge fireplace, the small inner hallway, the curved corner in the upstairs corridor, to name a few of my favourites.

As we start to gather inspiration I find myself being turned off be anything too traditional.  I love our current kitchen but after having it for eight years I do fancy something a little different.  I think we have surprised ourselves by being drawn to kitchen and room designs that are a little quirky themselves, it feels right for our house.  Let me show you what I mean:

We both fell in love with the herringbone floors and whilst I’d always imagined another cream kitchen I was drawn to the rich blues and greys, especially with the stark white tiles.  The space is going to be quite big so I think there will be enough light to pull off some darker colour in the wood.  As a woman who loves a restaurant booth I loved the bench detail on the top left photo, especially with the cushions for comfort.

There are a few things that we absolutely agree on, bar stools are a must and the other thing is roof lights, similar to these from (Solstro).  Oh, and not forgetting the bi-folding doors.  I’m sure there are going to be a lot more late nights as we browse Pinterest with a glass of wine (please tell me it’s not just us that end up staying up way too late, and drinking a little too much wine whilst discussing interior decor plans) and I can’t wait.  As we’re not planning on starting the work until 2018 we have lots of planning time to make sure every details is perfect and I think we’re going to have a lot of fun along the way.

What would your ideal kitchen look like? I’d love to know.

Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.

Photos courtesy of Pinterest.

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  1. Struan Baird
    June 13, 2017 / 9:43 am

    Love this article and you are certainly not the only one which stays up to late drinking wine and discussing home improvements ( I feel that is something us Brits like doing). Very excited as we are starting work on our extension in the next couple of weeks. Luckily I am in the trade, so this should speed up the process.

  2. Sarah
    June 21, 2017 / 2:36 pm

    I’m definitely a country kitchen kinda gal! We’ve just had one fitted (which we bought second hand for £700 with all the appliances included: ) and it’s very farmhouse-esque, but I can’t see myself having anything different.

    Even when I move into my forever home, it’ll be modern-country the whole way!

    Would adore bi-folding doors though.

  3. August 11, 2017 / 11:20 am

    Hello Jo, I like this article. I love all your ideas for kitchen extension. I am very excited to apply these tips. I love your thoughts.Thanks and keep posting.

  4. March 7, 2018 / 6:14 am

    Hello Jo, no doubt kitchen is the most important part of our home. The kitchen extension is always a very hard task. There is a lot of issues like space and upgrading appliances. Thank you so much for sharing this blog. It made easy for all. I appreciate it. Keep posting!

  5. carolyn
    May 17, 2018 / 12:11 pm

    Kitchen extensions are so fashionable in the UK right now. When you home is to be your forever home it is important that you love your kitchen .After all, it is the focal point of your home

  6. Barnaby
    December 11, 2018 / 10:49 am

    I have a very large kitchen with french patio doors look, this brings thew outdoors inside. I would love to have an island in the middle of my kitchen for more storage space, with the stools at the end. One day

  7. January 16, 2020 / 12:55 pm

    You explained very well and friendly. And I also found an option that is Pinterest where I get more ideas for my house. Thanks for sharing.

  8. February 27, 2021 / 1:36 pm

    Can’t wait to see the result! Keep us updated, please!

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