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Expert ideas to consider when you upgrade or extend your kitchen for 2021!

Updated: Jun 19, 2023

For sure the COVID-19 'lockdown' period earlier this year meant many families had the chance to experience quite intensely the 'plusses and minuses' of their homes. We at Mint Builders are now being contacted by home-owners all across Cheltenham and The Cotswolds with re-organisation, refurbishment and extension plans for their properties looking forward through Winter into 2021.

For sure people are seeking a range of different requirements, but well to the fore is a re-vamp and often also an extension to their kitchen 'operating space' within their homes. Current approaches suggest that sorting out your kitchen is very much top of the list for a home improvement project right now!

online trends

The excellent have presented online trends and ideas for that new kitchen extension or refurbishment to maximise the potential of extended space. They point out that if you are struggling for space, creating a larger kitchen with a new extension could be the answer.


Their online showcase offers numerous, bright kitchen extension ideas. They are right when they say that their ideas will inspire and help homeowners like you create a perfect scheme for your kitchen, transforming a cramped layout into an inviting modern space for cooking, dining and family time.

increasing value

As they say “One of the most popular building projects for homeowners is the kitchen extension and this can mean creating a spacious, open-plan living area for cooking, dining and lounging. As well as adding more space it will surely increase the value of your home, if you decide to sell, too.


They add, “A 'must-have' in new properties and one of the top remodelling projects in period homes, the generous open-plan kitchen is now very much the epi-centre for modern living. There are several ways to 'scale-up' space, from combining adjoining rooms to even adding a conservatory or building a completely new room by digging out a basement."

no illusions

The team are quite right to point out though that it is key to be under no illusions and that all options, however modest, require time and enough money. But, taking all that into account, it’s a decision we at Mint are sure homeowners will in the final analysis celebrate, and we can certainly help you make your thoughts and ideas a reality.

'tip-top' ideas

So with all that in mind, here is an initial round of kitchen extension ideas and planning advice and guidance from the experts. Enjoy and consider these very useful, 'tip-top' ideas and considerations.

Incorporate structural elements

Instead of trying to hide structural steel beams, turn them into part of the design. In this instance the black patio window frames and black steel beam bring balance and interest to this simple white kitchen.

Be brave with wall colour

Love pink, the colour of the moment but scared it will date quickly? Why not experiment with a small section of the wall above the tiles? After all, it’s not a huge deal if you decide to change it at a later date. Photo credit - Lizzie Orme

Make storage attractive and accessible

Don’t want to waste time rummaging for things in the backs of cupboards? Create an open shelving system like this one and you’ll have utensils, cookery books and other items that you frequently use to hand when you need them. Photo credit - Colin Poole

Bring warmth with brick

If you’ve built a new wall or relocated one as part of your extension leaving the bricks exposed on the inside will give your kitchen character and warmth. Reclaimed bricks look best as the irregularity of colour and texture will pick up other tones in your cabinetry and flooring. Photo Credit - David Parmiter

Check back please!

Come back here for more thoughts and ideas to consider for your possible kitchen 'refurb' or extension both for now and looking forward into 2021.

For refurbishment, improvement and extension of your home, going forward into this Autumn and on into 2021, we at Mint Builders can offer a full development and finishing service to add value and better 'liveability' space to your home.

We are here to help with any questions or concerns you may have. We have all the expert contacts on hand to help you gain the changes at home you now need. Please request your project planning and quotation visit to improve, refurbish or extend your home for the future. Contact Mint Builders on 01242 279739or email

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