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When you want to add some more living space to your property, a rear extension is a good way to do so. But what are the relative merits of adding a conservatory vs a rear kitchen extension?

Both have similarities and differences. A conservatory adds leisure space to your home, a place where you can relax and look out on the garden. In general, a conservatory is also a more affordable option, however, if you are planning to sell your home in the near future it is worth considering that a conservatory will add less resale value than a kitchen extension.

With a kitchen extension you can achieve some of those same goals, especially if you opt for large windows and bi-fold/ sliding doors that open into the back garden, but you also gain practical, usable space for cooking and entertaining. A kitchen extension may also provide enough additional room for a kitchen diner, an island unit and/or extra kitchen appliances like a dishwasher, tumble dryer or American-style fridge. Extensions are also more useable during the colder months than a conservatory.

If you have any questions about kitchen extensions and what Abell Building Services can do based on the space available at your property, get in touch today and we’ll be happy to help.


What do people want?

Research shows that a kitchen extension could help your property tick the right boxes for more mature buyers, who are often more financially stable and have more to spend.

In November 2020, life assurance and retirement services provider Canada Life found 35% of over-55s consider a large kitchen to be a key feature of their ‘forever home’. This ranked alongside detached properties and off-road parking, both also on 35%, and was only beaten by the 38% who said they wanted a large garden. Interestingly, 37% said they felt a property became their ‘forever home’ after making home improvements, in order to get their living space exactly the way they liked it.


3 ways to make an extension your own

If you’re planning a rear extension, don’t be afraid to put your personality into it, especially if you don’t plan to move out in the foreseeable future.

Bi-fold doors

Bi-fold doors are a great way to open up your indoor space to the outside, so you don’t sacrifice the sense of garden size after building a kitchen extension or conservatory. They’re also excellent for entertaining guests.

Skylights and roof pyramids

A one-storey kitchen extension can benefit from skylights and roof pyramids to let plenty of natural light in, just as you would expect from a conservatory.

Home entertainment systems

Give your property some extra space for relaxing by incorporating home entertainment systems into your new rear extension. Hidden speakers and cinema-style projectors let you enjoy music, movies and TV without taking away from the usable space.


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To find out more about how Abell Building Services can help you make your home your own, email or call us on 01509 734550 and we can discuss your property and the options you have available to add a kitchen extension