• Posts Tagged ‘extension’

    Kitchen of the week: serene side return

    by  • June 3, 2015 • Kitchen Ideas

    Beautiful kitchens kicthen of the week 1 June 15

    The side return extension is one of the most popular residential projects on period homes, especially terraces and semis as, what seems like a mere sliver of a space, can radically transform the downstairs layout.

    The owners of this bright and serene kitchen had already fitted a kitchen in this property when they first moved in, but it was the later side return extension that really gave them the space they needed. Second time around, lessons learnt from their first project shaped their ideas to create this good looking design that works brilliantly for all the family.

    To see more of this stunning design, with interviews with both the owner and designer, download a digital edition of the June/July 2015 issue of Beautiful Kitchens magazine for your tablet and mobile, or buy an issue at good newsagents.

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    Designed for entertaining

    by  • July 4, 2014 • Planning advice

    White and yellow open-plan kitchen

    The modern kitchen is all about space. Space to cook, space to entertain and space for the whole family to gather, to chat and to just be. In this time-pressed age, it’s a real boon to be able to offer help with homework while preparing the evening meal and, in summer, an open plan space really comes into its own. The majority of open plan kitchens include glass doors that fill the room with light and offer easy access to garden.

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    Inside and out

    by  • June 29, 2012 • Kitchen Ideas • 0 Comments

    We may not get months of blistering-hot heat, but when we do get some sunny days there’s nothing nicer than making the most of them. With that in mind, here are a few of my favourite kitchens that truly let the outside in.

    Make your garden an extension of your home with nothing but glass separating it from your kitchen and living space…

    A wall of arched windows and French doors lead out to a patio and maximise views…

    Fold or slide back doors and let the fresh air in…

    Find more outdoor-style kitchens at housetohome.co.uk.


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    My wishlist

    by  • September 2, 2010 • Kitchen Ideas, Kitchen Products • 0 Comments

    Having worked on Beautiful Kitchens for just over seven months, I feel I’m getting somewhat closer to knowing what I want to do with my own kitchen. Not that I’m close to affording the extension and total revamp  you understand, but a girl can dream.

    Since we moved into our house in February, the ancient kitchen has been a bone of contention. Not having been touched since the 1930s, it has black and white tiles that remind me of my old school days and cabinetry that has truly seen better days. The taps are almost hidden under the ground-in limescale that refuses to come off and the laminate worksurfaces are chipped and tired. It’s not a room that I am proud to show off, nor is it somewhere that inspires me to spend much time in it.

    Anyway, as you can imagine, I spend a lot of time imagining the finished product – an open-plan, sleek and stylish kitchen. Firstly, I love hi-gloss units in a latte, beige or mushroom colour – especially this one by Second Nature.

    The Avant Beige hi-gloss kitchen by Second Nature

    Secondly I’d like a Corian worktop with integrated sink.

    Night Sky Corian

    Thirdly, I’d like two flooring zones – wide wenge wooden planks for the dining area and large hard-wearing tiles for the kitchen and out onto the patio.

    I’m also swaying towards a large curved island, similar to the new Crescent Curve by Metris.

    The Crescent Curve by Metris

    For now, however, I may not be about to pretty up the cabinets, but I can certainly pretty up what’s inside them – starting with this gorgeous cake stand from BHS – much more affordable!

    Electroplate cake stand in Teal, £15 from BHS


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