There are many different ways you can use a conservatory.
Some people like to use their conservatory as an additional lounge – a place to relax. Whilst others prefer to create an office space for themselves.
One of the things you might not have considered is using a conservatory as a kitchen. Maybe you didn’t even think it is possible?
A quick search on Google images will show you lots of people have opted for a conservatory kitchen. And it’s not as difficult as you might think – but there are a few things you’ll need to consider first.
Why would you want a conservatory kitchen?
First of all, in most households – the kitchen tends to be the most important room in the house.
In comparison to other rooms, you’ll probably be surprised at the proportion of time that you’ll spend in the kitchen.
Besides being a place where you cook and clean – it’s a place where you’ll say good morning, a place where you’ll socialise with guests, and even a place where you might dine (depending on whether or not you have/use a dedicated dining area).
Creating a so-called kitchen conservatory is only going to enhance your conservatory space. Provided you work to a responsible design that makes efficient use of the space you already have; it could definitely be something worth taking into consideration.
Arguably the biggest benefit of a conservatory kitchen is space.
Imagine your current home, and how much more space you would have if the kitchen was completely empty. That’s exactly what will happen if you move it into an extension built onto the end of the property.
What could you do with that room? The possibilities are almost endless.
Obviously having a kitchen conservatory is a lot more complicated than if you were to use the extension for something else. Mainly because of the appliances.
If they’re all electric, then that should be fine. But you’ll need a lot of plug outlets in order to make sure everything can be plugged in.
You’ll need to consult an electrician to ensure fire safety requirements are met at the very least. They should be able to advise on appliance positioning from both a safety and logistical perspective.
Things obviously become even more complex if you want a gas oven, for instance.
Although gas appliances are not unheard of in the context of kitchen conservatories – it’s pretty unlikely that you’ll be able to make this installation in a normal conservatory.
One thing you will need to think about though, is plumbing. You need access to running water for a tap and sink basin.
The same applies for appliances like dishwashers and washing machines. Provided the pipework required can be extended to serve the conservatory in a safe and logical way – then this shouldn’t be an issue.
Another thing you should think about is ventilation. You’ll want to ensure that smells don’t linger after you’ve stopped cooking, but you’ll also want to guard against condensation too.
Since conservatories are largely made of glass – condensation is likely to happen anyway. But if your kitchen conservatory is properly ventilated, the air quality will generally be much better – and it will be a much more comfortable space for you to enjoy.
Not every idea you have will adhere to building and planning permissions. It’s wise to seek out the relevant advice from the building regulations approval department to ensure you can actually go ahead with your plans first.
Another thing to think about is windows. Conservatories get lots of light, which is ideal for a kitchen – although you will need to possibly consider utilising solar control glazing to help reduce heat build-up in warmer weather.
It makes the room a much more pleasant environment, one you will want to spend time in even when you’re not cooking meals.
Kitchen conservatory designs
Design is so important when converting your conservatory into a kitchen.
As with any kitchen, you’ll need to be sensible about where things go. However, since this isn’t your ordinary type of kitchen – you’ll need to be particularly smart about the design.
One approach you could explore is dividing the area into zones. For instance, you could have a cooking zone, a cleaning zone, and an area for storage.
This is a very logical way to design what your kitchen conservatory should look like and also work from a logistical perspective.
Your ‘zones’ will usually be dictated by where your appliances can be powered. For example, the cleaning zone should be positioned where there is access to running water – and the cooking zone should be in close proximity to the electricity mains access.
Space for storage will probably plug the gaps in areas which aren’t under use.
You may also consider adding a dining area – in which case you should check out our conservatory dining room ideas for inspiration while you’re here.
What’s the expected cost of a kitchen conservatory?
It’s difficult to put a definitive price range on a conservatory kitchen as each case is usually very different.
The cost will probably be dictated by the amount of work required from a conversion point of view. So, you’ll need to factor in the cost of hiring a plumber or an electrician perhaps.
The more work required, the higher the cost.
The overall conservatory kitchen extension cost may also take into account the purchase of new appliances.
It’s likely that you’ll need new worktops fitting into the conservatory – along with a fridge, cooker and any other plug-in electricals required.
Again, it’s difficult to put a price on individual items – but you should always work within your budget.
Consider a conservatory kitchen extension
If all the above sounds like it might be too much hassle – don’t worry, you can still have a kitchen conservatory.
The other option is to add an extension to your existing kitchen, creating more space, without actually relocating all the important things like sinks and gas ovens.
You can decorate it in a similar style to the existing kitchen, so it looks smooth and consistent. And you’ll have the added benefit of more natural lighting.
What can you do with this space? One option would be to put in a table and some chairs, for a more informal dining area.
When it comes to conservatory kitchen ideas the possibilities are endless.
What Conservatory Land can do for you
Conservatory Land can provide you with an incredible DIY conservatory.
That means we build all the parts, and you put the pieces together yourself. It’s easy, and you save money on the construction costs.
In terms of a conservatory kitchen, we’d recommend getting a large extension. A porch, or even a small/regular-size conservatory might not be enough.
You might even want to consider a DIY orangery.
As to the conservatory kitchen extension costs, that’s based on your exact requirements.
To discuss these, you can speak to one of our sales team by ringing 0800 952 8000.