Kitchen Addition Design Planning in Northern Virginia

August 21, 2018

The kitchen is often the hub of the home, and having a roomy and thoughtfully designed space is at the top of many homeowners’ wish lists. If you are tired of living with a cramped kitchen that doesn’t function as it should, you can afford to invest in a new space and you plan to stay in your home long enough to enjoy all the work an addition entails, then a kitchen addition may be a good project for you. A design pro can work with you to design a new kitchen that blends with your home’s overall architecture and that fits your personal style and your life.



1. Increasing Square Footage- How Much to Add & Where to Start?

If your kitchen is almost, but not quite, the right size, a bump-out or micro addition may be all you need to make the kitchen work well. In this project, a 5-by-25-foot extension provided room for this kitchen to have an island. Though a bump-out can be smaller than other additions, it’s still a significant construction project and will have many of the same considerations as a larger addition.

Assess your kitchen. Make a wish list of elements for your dream kitchen. Then read back over your list, noting the things that would make the biggest difference in your life. Circle your top three kitchen goals. Also consider your budget and your ultimate vision for using this space. With your answers to these questions in mind, decide whether you are ready to move forward with a kitchen addition and then begin researching designers.

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2. Hiring a Pro

An interior designer, kitchen designer, architect or building designer can help see your project through from start to finish, including planning the addition, getting permits, choosing fixtures and finishes, and overseeing installation. 

If you are considering adding more than a kitchen or would like the new addition to blend well with the structure of an older home, you may want to work with both an architect or building designer and an interior designer, as the owners of this space did. A pairing of interior designer and architect can be especially helpful in a larger project, allowing both pros to focus on their particular strengths.


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3. Structural & Foundation Factors

Adding more square feet to the footprint of your home makes the job more complex and more costly. On top of the usual considerations that come with a kitchen remodel within its existing footprint, you also will need to consider the topography of the property around your home, property lines, setbacks and permits, to name a few. Also remember that the larger the addition, the longer it will take. Speak with your designer to get a realistic picture of the timetable before you begin.

Any time you remove a structural wall, whether interior or exterior, your architect or designer will need to replace the load-bearing capacity of the wall. This may mean incorporating a beam, columns or a combination of the two into your new kitchen design. 




 4. Budget & Considerations

Every project is different and depends on a range of factors, including the quality of materials used, cost of local labor, and size and scope of the project. 

Kitchen additions and other home improvement projects costs vary widely throughout the U.S. In many areas, you can expect to be quoted $100,000 and much more for a kitchen addition, including new appliances, counters, cabinetry and flooring. In busy metro areas, that cost can be much higher; in other areas, it may be less. Smaller bump-outs may cost significantly less, depending on the size. Adding a second floor will boost the price.






If you live in the Northern Virginia area and you’re interested in a free estimate, or would like to know how Lensis Builders, Inc. can make your home even better, give us a call at 703-367-8999 or fill out a short contact form. If you’re looking for inspiration for your next project, visit our Pinterest page.

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