With moving home being at the front of our minds at the moment, we are going through a never-ending stream of not only showing people around our home. But also viewing potential homes for us to live in.
They say not to look for a home until you have sold. But having made the mistake of panic buying a house before, its a mistake I do not want to make again.
So this time we have taken a different approach, we are tentatively looking and building a wish list of houses to re-view should we sell. Some houses that we have liked have sold, but that’s the gamble with early viewing isn’t it?
One thing I have realised throughout these viewings is that the kitchen is key.
I love our kitchen in our current house. It is the heart of our home. And is a room I not prepared to compromise on. It has to be a room we can all congregate, we can enjoy cooking and can entertain.
However I have really started to notice the lack of kitchen space out there! We have viewed a few homes that could be perfect had the kitchen not been small.
Sometimes the perfect home needs shaping and with the kitchen being the most important room, maybe this is the room we need to design and shape to suit our needs as a family. Adding a conservatory to an existing kitchen would be the perfect solution. And with comparison site such as Get a Window it is easy to find conservatory fitters in your area and gather quotes.
Our priorities are;
Lots of space for entertaining
A spacious island or breakfast bar
Nice view (not essential but would be nice)
Lots of light (vital)
And it is achievable
With conservatory planning permission being more simple than ever before this is such a great option for extending a room and getting lots go light. With a little clever design you can extend almost any kitchen with a glass room or conservatory.
Tips for designing a conservatory to extend your kitchen.
Open up as much wall space a possible between the kitchen and new conservatory to make the room flow and appear as one. We did this in our last home by adding a lintel to support the weight. It is worth the extra expense as it opens the whole space up.
Plan a wall of floor to ceiling kitchen units to fit in lots of storage, but also to prevent the kitchen feeling to cluttered
Create a family area by introducing an island, this is a great place for the family to gather, but also makes the kitchen a great entertaining space. And if it’s looking out to a great view, or pretty garden even better. I love this COOKE & LEWIS Raffello high gloss anthracite Kitchen, it is exactly the sort of look I want to go for.
Factor in a cozy corner for a sofa or kitchen table to create a chill out/ homework area.
A wood burning stove and underfloor heating would feel contemporary but cozy on cold winters nights.
And lastly whilst you are at wiring stage consider wiring in wireless speakers to connect too your sound system.
So all we need to do now is find that perfect house, I know its out there its just about being a little more open-minded and having a bit of more vision when we are viewing. Wish us luck!
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