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A new ‘Heart of Home’ kitchen may mean a review of other living spaces too ….for the very best e...

Updated: May 31, 2023

Recently on a post here, the Mint team highlighted the range of current trends in vogue for kitchen extensions. Kitchens are, of course, the most popular types of extensions - and this has particularly been the case throughout these more recent pandemic ‘Stay at Home’ times.

For us at Mint, we have certainly over the years developed more kitchen extensions than any other type of project. A key reason is that more generally nowadays, many homeowners demand the kitchen to be more than ever it was before…..

unimportant kitchens

Remember, at one time, in eras gone by, the ‘at-home’ kitchen was a small, cupboard-filled ‘back of house’ space …..No, believe me, it really was! Check out an unrestored terraced Victorian style home or a former tired old 1960s estate ‘family’ home ….and then you’ll see just how ‘unimportant’ the kitchen was in days gone by and how priority and regard it was not given!

home planning issues

On a leading Property TV programme recently there was a case study that showed how other home planning issues and considerations emerged as a direct result of the development of the large multi-faceted kitchen hub project within property that we all enjoy today.

key reorganisations

The point made was that because the new kitchen development was SO wide-ranging, central and influential, that in home- planning terms, such development often triggered various other quite important required re-organisation and development space issues in other parts of the home.


If a kitchen is successfully going to be all that it is expected to be today - a room in which to cook, eat, watch TV …work .. entertain etc… etc …this effective, wide ranging ‘space versatility’ development cannot in many instances realistically be achieved in isolation.

lesser spaces

A burgeoning ‘hub of the home’ kitchen space WILL inevitably, in many cases, lead to a real need to often totally re- organise and review other more minor spaces in various area ’locations’ in and around the home in question almost regardless of type and styling. Which lesser spaces will need reorganisation depends on the type, and size of property, the room link set-up within the property and the size of the key layout spacing within the property.

space affect

We, as a business here at Mint, are finding that as we plan any requested ‘all singing all dancing’ kitchen, we sometimes have to take some account of the new kitchen development ‘affect’ on other spaces which exist within the home.

tactical space revamping

Thus, in the future, after that much heralded and asked for larger scale ‘kitchen hub’ extension development is completed, there may well then be an unavoidable need to give sometimes immediate consideration given to a certain amount of unavoidable careful tactical revamping and re-development of lesser spaces within the home in order to achieve THE best OVERALL effect throughout the property - challenging for sure and always it seems ideally unavoidable.

support works

Good luck with any major Kitchen Hub you are planning …but, we feel it is important, as said, to ensure your developer offers the right ‘support works’ needed within your home to ensure any minor general space revision takes places alongside so that your new major kitchen hub is, in all respects, REALLY is the very best it can be.

We at Mint Builders are, of course, here to help locally with all kinds of questions and ideas relating to all your new home extensions or renovations…. whether kitchen ‘hub’ or not. We can also assist as well with all 2022 and 2023 priority planning and organisation of your kitchen extension and any other neighbouring key affected spaces within your home.

Feel free to request our project planning and quotation visit to refurbish or extend your home for more energy saving ‘liveability’ and increased future sales value. Contact Mint Builders on 07734 211958 or email

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