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Is your dated and impractical kitchen bothering you with its design, limited prep and storage space, as well as functionality? You need to seriously contemplate moving kitchen to another part of the house where it might be more practical to use.

What are the factors to keep in mind before moving kitchen?

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  • The cost 

The cost of moving a kitchen is about $20,000 to $40,000 or more. The total amount depends on the type of kitchen, complexity and quality of the work, kitchen size, permits, wiring, plumbing, lights, walls, flooring, counters, cabinets, and even pulls and knobs. 

It’s best if you set a realistic budget for your kitchen renovation and work towards it. Factor in the cost of hiring a kitchen designer if you require one. 

Planning a renovation for your kitchen? Try our free kitchen remodel cost estimator; it’s easy and convenient to use! 

  • The planning

It is very important that you decide upon the features and fitments you could possibly want in your new kitchen right at the design stage. It is much easier to put things in as it is being built, not afterward. 

You may also want to measure the distance of the new kitchen location from your dining room or family room for convenience’s sake. 

Here’s a checklist for relocating your kitchen to another room:

  1. Make sure the new space can accommodate the kitchen design you have in mind.
  2. Check to see if plumbing can be easily facilitated in the new area.
  3. Keep in mind that moving the sink depends on how the sink drain is vented. A kitchen drain must have a vent otherwise the water will not be able to move freely.
  4. Ensure that your pipeline, as well as gas line, can reach your new kitchen.
  5. Check if the new space has sufficient power outlets for your appliances such as ovens, stovetops, dishwashers, range hoods, etc.
  6. Ensure that there is enough room for your kitchen island (if you desire one), countertops, and cabinetry. 

What are the main steps in relocating a kitchen?

Once you decide to go ahead and start work on your kitchen renovation, you need to:

1. Plan the prep work

Kitchen prep workpossibilities, by Terri Bateman on flickr [CC BY 2.0]

When it comes to kitchen moving, planning is absolutely essential. You should take care of everything ahead of time, including licenses, material, and scheduling. The reason is that once you start, everything must be under control and the work should stay on track.

Pro tip: If you’re planning to move the kitchen as well as a bathroom, approach both in one go instead of getting bathroom remodel first and then kitchen a few months later. You may be able to save money by sharing materials and certain types of installations. 

2. Apply for permits

Permits are a way for the city to regulate any kind of construction, to govern safety, and ensure energy conservation. Not all kitchen remodels need permits. For instance, refinishing, removing, or replacing kitchen cabinets — you will not require a permit. 

However, if you are moving or adding plumbing, electrical, or mechanical work, you will require a permit. Same goes for moving walls within the home. Therefore, when it comes to relocating the kitchen, a homeowner will probably require multiple permits.

Furthermore, there are various types of permits

Trade-specific permit: This pertains to electrical, plumbing, or mechanical work. For instance, if you want to run some electrical wires to add new outlets or install new lights, you would need to submit approval for an electrical permit.  

The same goes for plumbing or mechanical work. The good thing about this type of permit is that it is incredibly easy to obtain and not very expensive. You might just get it the same day you request for it!

Building permit: If your kitchen remodeling involves removing a wall, you would need a building permit. This kind of permit is more expensive and requires a number of days for its approval.  

If you’re going to be moving a wall and doing electrical and plumbing work, you would require all the work-related permits along with your complete floor plan.

If in a quandary about the type of permit, the best option is to hire licensed remodeling contractors. They will know the exact requirements. 

3. Begin the actual work

Kitchen remodelPhoto by mlitty on flickr [CC BY-SA 2.0]

Relocating a kitchen is actually a very complicated and costly job. Before you begin, you need to be sure that your benefits outweigh the costs that you will incur.

Some of these works include:

  • Ripping out the old kitchen: This includes removing cabinetry, disconnecting appliances, old plumbing, and so on.
  • Repairing the old kitchen space: Once you decide to uproot your existing kitchen, you can’t leave it as it is. You’ll have to think about repairing the damaged walls, replacing the flooring, changing the light fixtures, repainting, and so on. All of these will cost you a lot of money. The idea is to convert the area into a usable area and utilize it in the best possible way.
  • Removing extra plumbing and installing a new one: If you need all-new plumbing for your new kitchen, you’ll have to hire a licensed plumber in order to run the plumbing for the sink, dishwasher, etc.  The cost of doing this depends on the type of plumbing (copper vs. PVC), the length of the pipes, the number of fixtures, and so on.

Is it expensive to move plumbing in a kitchen?

Kitchen plumbingPhoto by Freepik

Often, the most expensive part of a kitchen remodel comes from moving the plumbing. The average cost of moving kitchen plumbing (that’s more than three feet) ranges from $500 to $1,000 per kitchen appliance. This amount varies according to the type of appliance and its size. 

FYI: Plumbers typically charge $45 to $150 per hour. 


If moving kitchen is what you want to do, don’t let anything come in your way. The new space you allot for your kitchen needs to have a well-installed pipeline, strategically placed vents, and of course enough room for an open, cheerful kitchen.

Just make sure that you plan the entire process well, keep the house’s layout in mind, and of course your budget. Happy renovating!

Read more: Relocating a bathroom.

What Are the 3 Most Important Steps Involved in Moving Kitchen? was last modified: January 24th, 2020 by Oriana Gomez-Zerpa

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