l-shaped/wrap around kitchen extension
An l-shaped, or wrap around, kitchen extension is where the extension not only goes into the side addition but also wraps around the back extending sometimes three or four meters into the garden which can provide a huge kitchen living area looking out onto the garden. Usually side returns apply a maximum of around 2m wide in London so the additional space to the rear allows a much more sympathetic space conducive with the way most families want to live, allowing cooking whilst keeping an eye on the children watching tv or playing in the garden through folding sliding doors. There are two roofing options - either a flat or a pitched roof. Our favourite is the flat roof which enables the same ceiling height in both the old part of the space but also the new, giving you a seamless sleek look. This type of extension makes it harder for a layman to see which sections are old and which are new, especially when the new structural beam is also pushed up to be flush to the ceiling. Bear in mind this would involve some remedial work upstairs in the back rooms but it does give an incredible finish. An l-shaped or wrap around extension will require either the neighbours joint planning permission or an existing structure next door of a height higher than 2.1m on the boundary.