5 rear extensions with stunning kitchens

Even a modest-sized rear extension can result in a more functional space

By Paula Woods | 5 February 2021

Rear extensions are all about providing much needed space and bringing in more light. Terraced homes or period semi-detached houses often have kitchens that are far too small for the needs of the household. Even a relatively modestly sized rear extension provides floorspace that will open up the kitchen to create a far more useable room.

These inspiring homes have all benefitted from rear extensions that have significantly increased the floor area to create a better layout.

A question of size

This home has a 12.8 square metre extension to the back. It provides room for a more spacious kitchen and better outdoor access. The design by MW Architects cost around £222,000 at the time of build.

This project required planning permission due to its size. However, it is possible to extend a detached house by up to 8m and a terraced or semi-detached property by 6m under permitted development. So, check with your local authority if you have any concerns before drawing up plans.

Kitchen rear extensions with full size glass windows and island with wooden table

Photo: MW Architects

Planning permission for rear extensions

The extension shown below is the result of a successful planning application. Extending into a side passage, moving the back wall of the house into the garden, and dropping the floor level led to a stunning kitchen. The design, by MWAI, cost around £120,000. When applying for planning permission, appoint an architect or planning consultant who is aware of what is acceptable to your local authority. They are best placed to present your case.