“I never really thought about it before we had kids, but our kitchen is really small.” Renee is a busy mother of 2 young boys. They live in the Newton area, and she’s decided it’s time to renovate the kitchen. “Realistically, I think we’ll need to have a kitchen addition built. That’s the only way I can see to get the space we need. But how big should a kitchen addition be?”
Factors that Influence the Size of a Kitchen Addition
When we talk about kitchen remodels in Newton and the surrounding communities, we’re most typically seeing kitchen additions in the 350-500 square foot range. Kitchen bump out additions are also quite popular, as these are a cost effective way to add more space to the kitchen.
One factor that influences how big a kitchen addition should be is your plans for the kitchen. If you love to entertain in your kitchen – having friends gather around while you’re cooking up some amazing recipes – then you need space to accommodate that. Many families include dining areas, such as a breakfast nook or an island with seating, into the kitchen addition – especially active families with children who just don’t have time for everyone to sit down in a formal dining room.
And don’t forget about storage! Going through the COVID pandemic convinced many local households how important it is to keep a fully stocked and well organized pantry. The average walk in pantry size is 5′ X 5′, but larger families or anyone who has a lot of specialized cooking equipment (such as baking, jam making, or other seasonal items) to store may want to designate more space for the pantry.
There are other factors to consider when determining how big your kitchen addition should be, such as the size and unique character of your property. Each building site presents certain limitations. That’s one of the main factors driving the popularity of smaller bump-out additions.