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Guide to kitchen-diner extensions

It’s one of the most popular additions to a modern home, but you need to know the basics before you start planning this new open-plan zone, says Julian Owen
This cool and contemporary space, although not overly large, has been cleverly arranged to make the most of the room available, with bifold doors linking the zone to a courtyard. The Aubrey kitchen is by Cue & Co and features oak veneer carcasses and spray-painted solid wood doors. Prices start from £35,000

Today’s lifestyles have changed a great deal in comparison to how we lived in the past, especially when it comes to how we use our homes – which is one of the reasons why remodelling older properties to bring them up to modern standards is so popular at the moment. Most homes built during the 20th century, particularly from the First World War up until the 1970s, adopted a standard layout. The kitchen and outhouse were placed at the rear, adjacent to a separate dining room if the plan was large enough, with a front room for relaxation and entertaining guests.

By modern standards, these kitchens seem impossibly small, and the wall with the dining room now forms an unwanted barrier for today’s families, who want a flexible, multi-purpose space on the ground floor for cooking and socialising, as well as keeping an eye on the kids while they’re busy playing, watching TV or doing homework.

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The September edition of Build It magazine will help you get your self-build, renovation or extension project off on the right foot. It’s packed with inspiration and advice, including: • Britain's best self-builds and renovations (page 19) • A contemporary, low-maintenance home (page 30) • Prefab homes: The future of self-build? (page 70) • Why underfloor heating makes sense for renovations (page 73) • How to create the perfect kitchen-diner extension (page 94) • How to get value for money (page 106) … and more!