If you want to build a kitchen extension, the first thing you might want to do is to plan the layout of your new kitchen, so that you know how much extra space you will need to fit your all your chosen cabinets and worktops. You don't necessarily need an architect at this stage.
Instead, you can use online kitchen planning tools such as the KitchenPlanner, which are quick and easy to use. You need to fill in your room measurements before dragging and dropping your chosen units and cabinets into your floor plan to customise your kitchen in 2D and 3D. You can also easily change the colour and texture of the walls, floors, cabinets and units.
Ikea and Magnet kitchens both have online tools which will let you see how their kitchen would fit in your home extension.
Magnet Kitchen Planner
Magnet’s simple 2D and 3D planner helps you to create a 3D render of your ideal kitchen. You can choose a pre-designed room or enter your dimensions before adding a range of cabinets, units, worktops and accessories.
Ikea Home Planner
Originally intended to be used for planning kitchens only, IKEA has since expanded its easy-to-use online tool that allows you to start creating right away, without having to set up an account. You can now use it for almost every room in your house. It uses a simple drag and drop interface, allowing you to take anything from the catalogue and add it to the floor plan.
Ask the retailer to produce a 3D kitchen plan for you
If you don't have time to design your kitchen yourself, some retailers might be able to produce a 3D design for you. You will need to tell them your room measurements, choose the units you would like them to add to the floor plan, and they will design and print it for you.