Kitchen Extension Decisions

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As you may know, we are about to tackle a large extension which is both exciting and daunting at the same time. We have delayed it slightly whilst our teenagers revise for their exams but it will start in the next month all being well. In the meantime, we need to make decisions on all sorts including kitchen fittings, bathroom fittings, flooring, boilers and what kind of underfloor heating we want! There is quite a bit to do and I’m getting a little overwhelmed at times although Pinterest has been very handy and the Easter break has been a great time for shopping for ideas. I thought I would share some of my thoughts about kitchens with you and perhaps you can help me make some decisions?!

Which kitchen company to go for?

There are so many kitchen companies that have amazing kitchens. We went to one such company (who shall remain nameless on here) in a nearby city where an island unit was over £100k….yes, you read that right. £100k for an island unit! I almost choked on my drool as it was absolutely stunning. So, the first criteria seems to be budget. We are not entirely clear on our budget at this point but we know that £100,000 is a little more than we would like to spend! I also know that I would like a personal and professional customer service and I would prefer to use a local firm to support my local area.

The kitchen look

I know I want a traditional, shaker style kitchen as I think the old house deserves it. It is an old building after all and I’m not too keen on shiny, doorless kitchens. Once you have owned a dog, you will understand how this would not be practical (think small children that can jump with 4 muddy paws!) I do love some aspects of contemporary kitchens and obviously want the latest gadgets so it is proving tricky to choose!

These are the kitchens I have found that I absolutely love:

A bespoke, luxury kitchen

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Bespoke Pilaster kitchen by Smallbone of Devizes, kitchens from £50,000.

This kitchen would be absolutely perfect for the old house. It is from Smallbone of Devizes They offer a bespoke service for their luxury kitchens and are made in Devizes in Wiltshire so this is a company that is local to me. I love the green island unit and traditional look to this kitchen. I enjoyed looking at their brochure for ideas although they are expensive and top end of our budget so I’m not sure if this company is for us. They rang me when I requested a brochure and offered me a design service straight away which was a nice touch.

A friendly service

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The Ashbourne kitchen by Masterclass

I love this kitchen by Masterclass kitchens.  It is a painted, shaker style with strong lines yet is traditional, simple and timeless. I love the contrasting light grey units with the dark blue of the L-shaped island unit. I also love the fact that these cabinets come in a variety of colours as well as having a primed version that you could paint a colour of your choice. There are loads of storage options and they have a particularly beautiful larder unit which would look amazing in my new utility room. I contacted Masterclass kitchens for permission to use some of their photos (as I did all the companies) and they responded within 15 minutes of me sending the email and followed me on Twitter. Their marketing department were fabulous and really friendly. This bodes well with me, as I want a personal and friendly service. There is a kitchen company near us called Chilli kitchens who could supply this kitchen. We really liked the service from Simon at Chilli kitchens who gave us hours of his time to talk through ideas and designs. Both Chilli kitchens and Masterclass kitchens made me feel at ease without the pushy sell that you get with some places.

Colourful kitchen choices

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The Solva kitchen by Masterclass

Isn’t this kitchen stunning? I just love this chunky, shaker style with feet so you can see the floor. It almost looks like a free standing kitchen doesn’t it? I also love that it comes in some really great colours from sage (oh yes! I could get my green after all!) to orange to this fabulous dusky pink. I think I love it’s simpliciy; a true shaker style although the inframe panel is a little larger in this kitchen than in the Ashbourne. This is also by Masterclass kitchen so this is definately an option for the old house.

Small kitchen design touches

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The Real Shaker Kitchen by DeVOL

Kitchen by DeVOL

This beautiful kitchen is by DeVOL. Although their main showroom is in Leicestershire, they do have two showrooms in London which is not too bad for us to get to. This kitchen is all about the details for me. I love the traditional shaker pegs and shelf above the Belfast sink and the wooden worktop. The dark colour is perfect against the wood beams here which will be very similar to our oak framed extension. I also love this floor and the different coloured island unit.
Choosing the right kitchen worktop will be tricky as I love the look of wood but also love granite, quartz or stone from a practical point of view. I need to think about this choice!

The kitchen Island Unit

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Kitchen by DeVOL

Kitchen by DeVOL

We know that our new kitchen will need a large island unit. Although the new space will be 8 metres by 5 metres, it has many listed windows that have to stay, including the beautiful bay window looking out of our lounge towards the garden. There is also an old well under the patio that we plan to expose and put a glass window over in the floor. With these restrictions, an island unit will be a integral part of the kitchen design as we lack wall space. With this in mind, I love this island unit by DeVOL. I love it’s large size as well as the thin granite worktop giving lots of space for both a sink and work space. I think we may include a hob and breakfast bar in ours as there will plenty of space.


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Utility/boot room by DeVOL

Utility/boot room by DeVOL

To me, this is the perfect utility/boot room! We are having a new utility as well which will be in a separate room next to the kitchen creating a new back door into the garden. I know I want a large larder cupboard, laundry storage, a Belfast sink and space for Dottie dog’s bed but I also love the storage in this unit. I love the panelling behind the Belfast sink and the gold taps and knobs.

Decisions, decisions…’s quite confusing but I’m narrowing down what I would like. I’m sure taking aspects from each photo, I can come up with an amazing design and hopefully, in about 6 months time I can reveal the new kitchen in the Old House. In the meantime, which kitchen is your favourite and do you have any advice for me?

*I have not been given any money to promote any of these kitchens. I just love them and they have been the ones that have been my favourites during my search. The links are just there so that you can take a look too and drool over the amazing kitchens that these companies supply!

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  • I can understand why you are finding it difficult to choose, these are some beautiful kitchens! For me, the 2nd kitchen stands out, the clean lines, colour and island design are so appealing. Also you mentioned that already they have offered you excellent service and that is so important! I look forward to seeing what you decide in the end!

    • Oh thank you Judy so much for commenting! I know right? That kitchen is stunning isn’t it? So many amazing choices though and it’s such a big decision.

  • where to start, oh my goodness I LOVE everything here! I adore the pink as it is my fav colour but don’t think I’d be brave enough to do it, I think I’d add pink through accessories. I would say the green Island design is my favourite yet the Blue Windsor colour is the most beautiful colour and is the exact colour I would chose. I have a modern kitchen which was only done two years ago (not by me) so I wish I could have an excuse to re-do it country style, but right now that would make no sense and cost too much money. I can’t wait to follow your journey and see what you decide! Thanks for joining us for #ablogginggoodtime

    • Oh thank you for commenting. I know..that pink kitchen is amazing but like you, am I brave enough to go for it as I’m worried it will look ‘dated’ in a few years time. Thanks for stopping by. X

  • I like the free standing Ikea kitchens as you can move things round and evolve them as your needs change. It’s so hard though as you know you’ll be living with it for ages and although you wants something that reflects your personality, you don’t want something that you’ll be bored off in a few years. Good luck!

  • What an amazing collection of stunning kitchens, and how exciting, if difficult, to decide. I look forward to seeing which you choose.

  • It’s so hard to choose. Some beautiful kitchens there. In the end we built our own animals painted murals on the doors. It quirky! #blogginggoodtime

  • A friend of mine recently had an extension and it’s lovely, really opened up the house. Thanks for joining in with #ThatFridayLinky

  • I love the Masterclass kitchen! Word of warning though – we have just moved into a houde with underfloor heating in the kitchen. It is awful! It is onky 7 years old but we will have to put in a radiator as the room is freezing. Make sure you do a lot of research in this area. #sharingthebloglove

    • Thank you Laura for the advice. I need it. X

    • Thank you Brigid. I hope you had a lovely break. X

  • I can’t wait to see what you choose! We’re planning an extension at the moment and I’m lusting after the DeVOL kitchens – I’ve loved them for ages. I absolutely hate our current kitchen, and this extension has been a long time in the planning so I have lots of ideas! I love the shaker style, we have an older house too and I think it’s so classic. I love both the navy and the grey cabinets, but I am really struggling on worktops – I like the grey / white marble effect, but my husband really wants wooden worktops (but we’ve had them before and know how much work is involved in maintaining them!). Enjoy the rest of your planning – it’s definitely a tough one to make a decision on! Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

    • Thanks for the fab comment Katy. Have you looked at a stone worktop? I thought that may work or I plan on getting a mixture of wood and something else.

  • There is so much choice nowadays difficult to decide, good luck with your choice sure it will be perfect Thank you for linking to #Thatfridaylinky please come back next week

  • So many gorgeous kitchens, I wouldn’t even know where to start! I love how many colour options you can get on everything but I especially like the DeVOL shaker kitchen here – the navy looks really striking. #KCACOLS
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    • Thank you for stopping by, Jessica. Yes, there are so many lovely colours aren’t there? X

  • I’m a sage green fan too. Love the top one the best (I have expensive tastes obviously!). I’d love to rip out our kitchen and have a bespoke shaker one. We have the same issue with lack of walls, as we’ve got the Aga, 2 doors, plus open part through to the dining room, and double aspect windows. Ours isn’t big enough to really have an island though.

    • It is tricky with these old house or if you have limited space but there are many solutions. Good luck!

  • Wow! So many nice ones….I like the ones with a bench in the middle because at parties people always end up standing around it! #Globalblogging

  • OMG! These kitchens are all so beautiful. The Ashbourne kitchen by Masterclass is my fave.


    • Thanks so much Veronica. I agree that the Masterclass kitchens are beautiful. X

  • Oh Sophie how exciting! There’s nothing that quite beats planning a new kitchen. I love the DeVOL kitchen but I have to say of the ones here my favourites are the two from Masterclass – I like the simplicity and strong lines of the units – it’s a contemporary take on the Shaker style which I think is a nice combo. I also love the idea of using two colours for the units.

    We have completed two kitchen makeovers in the last 10 years and both were very different. The first we went for a Shaker style with units in Teal with black granite tops with a stone floor. We used a carpenter recommended by our architect which was great because everything was completely bespoke and the units fitted the dimensions exactly. The second (where we live now) we went completely the opposite way for a modern glossy look kitchen (with handles though!!)in a mid grey and a composite worktop and a parquet floor.

    I love them both but if I was lucky to do it again I would definitely go for the Shaker look and have the units made to measure. The problem with the modern units is that they are a standard size so there is the dreaded gap at the top which irritates me. In terms of worktop the composite/quartz option isn’t as strong or hard wearing as the granite and it stains. They wooden floor is warmer under foot which is definitely better than stone and is easier in terms of underfloor heating. With stone it is impossible to really feel the underfloor heating and you need to keep it on practically 24/7 which is costly and as your other lady said to look at including a radiator as well.

    Sorry a bit of a brain dump there! I am forever planning our next move and our next kitchen project. Good luck and look forward to hearing what you decide on. #ablogginggoodtime
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    • No brain dump is great jo!
      Thank you so much for all these comments. We have changed kitchens before but nothing in this scale and the budget is tight so mistakes just can’t happen. I take on board what you are saying about underfloor heating and stone….ummm hadn’t thought if that!
      We have a carpenter that can tweak any units so that should be ok. I have to admit I am going towards the Masterclass kitchens too as the company have been so fantastic.
      Thanks again!

  • It’s a dream of mine to one day be able to design my dream kitchen. There is so much to choose from and big decisions to make, I can’t wait to see what you decide to have. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

  • There appears to be a lot of choice out there and as you’ve discovered they all come with pros and cons. Good luck in finding the perfect one for you. #ablogginggoodtime

  • I can’t believe some of the prices! £100k for an island?! We’d like an extension of a dining room and conservatory but will wait until we’ve decided if we plan to move in 2-3 years! #sharingthebloglove

    • I know right? We have also been to Howdens recently and they have some lovely kitchens for very decent prices. I was impressed actually.

  • Oh my, I just love that Bespoke Kitchen with that center island!! It’s like a dream! I can’t wait to see what you guys do!!! Thanks for linking up with #globalblogging

    • Thanks Jacqui. That’s so kind. Do pop over in about December (at this rate!) to see.

    • I love them all too Maria! That’s why I need your help! Haha
      At this rate, with all the listed planning regulations, it could be a while before we start…hoo hum

  • We had an extension last year (when I was heavily pregnant – god know why) and a new kitchen was part of it. We got wooden worktops which although look lovely have proved a lot of upkeep!! I love a new kitchen! #sharingthebloglove

    • That’s interesting Kayleigh as someone else has said that to me so maybe I need to rethink…thanks for the tip.

  • Those are some good looking kitchens! I’d love to redo ours – it’s the same one that was here when we moved in and it was a rented property before that so you can imagine what we’ve got! #BlogCrush

    • Well it’s something to plan for! Good luck. X

  • Everything is so expensive these days! But we are actually going to be doing a big extenstion on our kitchen in the next year or so! We’re so excited. #KCACOLS

    • You are right Beth. Good luck with your extension.

  • Oooh exciting. I love the first piccie. I had my step dad install a new kitchen for me three years ago that we selected from B&Q. I hadn’t realised I would need to choose details down to cupboard handles and tile placement design. In the end I made rushed decisions due to wanting everything done before George arrived but I’d defo like something more stylish next time. White gloss cabinets were such a shite choice with a toddler and 3 cats lol


    • Thanks carol….I have found more……ahhhh

  • I LOVE the grey cabinets with large country style sink. I have so many kitchen ideas saved in Pinterest from when we hopefully eventually can build our own house. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time

    • Yes, I have many Pinterest accounts too! Perhaps we should swap ideas.

    • I know, right? Crazy but lovely in the same moment. X

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