Extension advice

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Chibbert Wed 03-Aug-16 22:39:57

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Chibbert Wed 03-Aug-16 22:50:15

Hi everyone, my first post here, so please be kind.

We're looking at getting a rear extension to our house.

I've mocked up the plans here - you can switch to a 3d view too:

planner5d.com/view/?key=496e35d69207d67428b7fa8ef94a4e79

Our downstairs is currently a living room diner with separate kitchen and utility. The plan above is for an open plan kitchen/diner/living area.

We're currently two, but are thinking of a family in the future. I really miss having a living room at the rear of the house looking out onto the garden and we have attracted lots of wildlife into the tree you'll see in the plan and want a view of that area from a sofa in the new room.

Here are some plans we've drawn up for a rear extension which moves the kitchen from the right of the house to the left.

Things I'm unsure of:

-To get a good kitchen layout we have to block up the current opening between the front living room and the rear of the house, but would like light to travel back and forth still, but I'm a bit of a noisy cook, so my wife will probably escape to the old front living room when I cook, and will want it to be quieter there. I don't want to block light from the old front living room, so thinking of putting in an opaque glazed pane between new kitchen and front living room?

-Side window in new extension - the neighbours upstairs windows would look straight in, so may either need to be obscured glazed or not bother with.

-Thinking 3 veluxes in vaulted/pitched roof

-Not sure whether to go for bifolds - think our outside seating area would be at the right, so can't really have a pedestrian door hinging to the right there.

-Should we go for solar reflective glass in rear doors/veluxes - garden is south-east facing

Chibbert Wed 03-Aug-16 22:50:54

-Kitchen layout ?

-Is there room for breakfast bar - and are they worth it if the dining table is so close to the kitchen?

Thanks in advance for your comments and advice.

Attached photos of current floorplan.

Chibbert Wed 03-Aug-16 22:52:50

Attached current and proposed floorplans

namechangedtoday15 Thu 04-Aug-16 08:51:00

To answer your questions - if you have a windows in the lounge, I think a glazed panel between the lounge and the new kitchen area would look odd - particularly where you seem to have positioned it right in the middle of your units. If you're clever with paint, flooring, furniture and lighting, am sure it won't feel too dark in the lounge.

I would have velux lights and bifolds - if the seating area is to the right, just make sure they fold back to the left.

I'm a big fan of islands / breakfast bars - H / friends / neighbours who drop in and children (always) sit at our island whilst I'm pottering in kitchen. Seems much more informal / welcoming than sitting at a table even if it's close by.

I'd be tempted to lose the corner part of the sofa or at least not align it to the breakfast bar so it doesn't feel like you're closing off the back part of the room.

Chibbert Thu 04-Aug-16 15:18:17

Thanks for your thoughts namechangedtoday15.

We had the sofa facing out to the garden primarily becuase I really want to be able to look out onto the bit of the garden where we have a big tree and loads of birds.

Thanks

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