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Kitchen Conservatory Extension Case Study

By Tony Hanratty on 27th April 2023 (updated: 16th January 2024) in Case Studies

Our Kitchen Conservatory Extension Design Opens Up Living Area

The family at Penrose Gardens knew exactly what they wanted when it came to renovating their unused conservatory. For years it sat as a spare room, collecting dust. But it was time to bring that square meterage into the rest of the home, creating a beautiful, light and airy kitchen conservatory extension ready for everyday use.

With a vague design in mind, the Penrose Gardens family entrusted Allerton Windows with the complete redesign and we pulled out all the stops to create this open family living space just in time for summer. Bringing in lots of natural light with a beautiful roof lantern and bi-folding doors, their open kitchen ideas came to life in just a matter of months.

We’ll guide you through our process with this beautiful detached house, offering you tips and kitchen extension ideas for elevating your home with a new home extension. From stylish lantern roofing, to spotlight zoning and opening up your space with bi-folding doors read on to hear how Allerton Windows created this project.

Before picture of kitchen conservatory extension at Penrose Gardens by Allerton Windows. After picture of kitchen conservatory extension at Penrose Gardens by Allerton Windows.

Refresh Unused Conservatory Space

It was time for Penrose Gardens to make use of its square footage, pulling in the old conservatory and building out into the garden offered a larger space overall for a family room that could be used daily.

Once the design was agreed upon, planning permission confirmed and bespoke components ordered, Allerton started by taking down the existing conservatory and breaking up the base. Before starting on the new base work, plastering, electrics and plumbing. All in all, this teardown and rebuild took five RSJs for support and a massive fourteen skips!

The old sliding doors to the conservatory were removed, soon to be replaced by bi-folding doors that opened the living area out into the garden space.

Base work for Penrose Gardens kitchen conservatory extension by Allerton Windows. Base work for Penrose Gardens kitchen conservatory extension by Allerton Windows.

Updating Old Conservatories

Conservatories sometimes become lost spaces. Barely used. Only good for summer. But there are tons of ways you can modernise your conservatory.

From insulating the walls and changing the glass, or roof replacement, making it open plan, bringing the outside in with bi-fold doors or even turning it into an orangery.

Modernised conservatories can be used as work-from-home spaces with a view, create a focal point with bespoke seating designs or maximise the outdoor feeling by growing and admiring your favourite houseplants. You can optimise the natural light with different blind or curtain options, and truly make it your own with refreshed furniture.

Custom Built Kitchens

Our skills don’t just end at supplying Merseyside with the highest quality doors and windows. This custom-built modern kitchen was installed by our skilled team, creating zoned spotlighting, increasing socket capacity and ensuring warmth with optimal radiators.

The Power of Zoned Lighting

For homeowners looking to create open-planned living spaces, using lighting to define specific zones can be a powerful tool. Not only can you relish the opened-up space, but define areas that are more intimate such as reading nooks, dining areas, and kitchen spaces. Different zones need different amounts of light. Your kitchen island needs to be super sharp and visible to avoid any nasty accidents, whereas a dining table can be more atmospheric with lower lighting.

Using zoned lighting, and also a mixture of light fittings such as pendant lights, can tailor spaces to their needs and create a different atmosphere for each area’s purpose. Optional light-dimming switches can add even more depth to your open-planned living spaces also.

Zoned Lighting for Penrose Gardens kitchen conservatory extension by Allerton Windows. Zoned Lighting for Penrose Gardens kitchen conservatory extension by Allerton Windows.

Kitchen Radiators That Make Sense

Vertical radiators are not just a trend but a practical answer to heating your kitchen. When it comes to space, you’ll want as much wall space for countertops as you can. Using vertical radiators takes up less horizontal wall space, and means you can fit this important feature in more redundant areas, such as either side of the doors at Penrose Gardens.

Not only do they add space to your kitchen, but they also double as a practical hand towel rail in between uses. Double the purpose and half the space. It’s a no-brainer.

Let Natural Light In

Aside from your zoned lighting, you’ll want to allow any home extension access to natural light as much as possible. Otherwise, large, open-planned spaces can become dingy and dark, counterproductive to the openness you want to feel in the room.

Bifolding Doors to Let The Outside In

One of the best ways to let natural light in is with bi-folding doors. Easily transition your living space and garden areas, with wide, panelled doors. They can create almost one large entertainment area during the warmer months, and a nice transition for mild-weather evenings. Enjoy sparklers with the children, or a BBQ birthday with easy transition of food and utensils!

Lantern Roof Rays

Another popular choice and smart move is to use a pitched, lantern roof window as part of your home extension. This means your new, larger space isn’t spoiled by lack of sunlight as you can let the roof rays shine in.

Natural light for Penrose Gardens kitchen conservatory extension by Allerton Windows. Natural light for Penrose Gardens kitchen conservatory extension by Allerton Windows.

Create A Family Space with a Kitchen Conservatory Extension

Is it time to get rid of that awkward-shaped conservatory that barely gets used? Whether you’re looking for a conservatory replacement roof or a complete kitchen conservatory extension, get in touch with Allerton Windows today.

No matter your space, ideas or designs, we’ll take a look at your kitchen extension ideas and bring them to life in a matter of months!