Almost everyone would like to have more space in their kitchen. The ways to achieve a larger kitchen is generally by building a kitchen addition or the addition’s smaller, cuter cousin: the bump out.
What is is Kitchen Bump Out?
A kitchen bump out is a small addition to the kitchen. They’re generally a single story, and expand the home’s footprint only minimally. While a bump-out expands the size of the kitchen, it’s not generally large enough to count as a room on its own.
What are Kitchen Bump Outs Used For?
As kitchen designers, we see families using the bump out space in one of three ways. The first and most popular option is as a dining area. Bump outs that provide the necessary space so the family can sit down around the table together at meal times deliver a great deal of satisfaction.
We’ve also seen the kitchen bump out used as a way to add more work space to the kitchen. If there’s room for an island, there’s room for another set of hands to help with the cooking – and that can certainly help keep the household running smoothly.
The third option sees the bump out being used for storage, as a butler’s kitchen, or pantry.
What are the Advantages of a Kitchen Bump Out Vs a Kitchen Addition?
While kitchen bump outs tend to be more expensive on a per-square foot basis, their overall smaller size means they’re generally more affordable than having a full sized kitchen addition built. Bump outs are a good option if you’re working with some space limitations on your property. They add space only where it’s needed, and generally can be built on a fairly accelerated timeline.
Working with a skilled kitchen designer helps ensure the bump out becomes a fully integrated aspect of your kitchen. Visually it should appear as if it has always been there, rather than as an afterthought.