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Today, our day-to-day lives are ruled by two things: comfort and functionality. If something doesn’t suit our style or is inconvenient, we immediately want to change it. And, why not? One of the most common changes we seek is the transformation of old compartmentalized spaces. A classic example is moving a kitchen and opening it up to the dining room to form a visually expanded single space that is often the heart of the home.

modern dining room

If your house is old or part of an old building with a typical layout of yesteryear, it is possible that your bathroom or kitchen, or even both, would be more practical in a different location. It may also be that your family’s needs have changed and you’re looking to optimize the square footage of each room.

Remodeling or moving a kitchen doesn’t raise a lot of the problems that arise in moving bathrooms, but it is important to consider other issues such as the exhaust of fumes from the extractor hood. The closer your appliances are to the extraction points, the better your equipment will operate, meaning less maintenance for you.

Do you need planning permission to move a kitchen?

Generally, a separate planning application or permission for moving a kitchen is not required unless it is part of a house extension. However, do consult the local planning authority to get a better idea. The only problem that may arise will be concerning the pipeline. Other than that, moving a kitchen might not be an issue.

How much does it cost to move water pipes?

For a basic project, the cost of moving plumbing may begin at around $600 – $750 per line. The total pricing will depend on the complexity of the job, size of the new area, and other conditions. If you’re hiring labor or kitchen designers, count in some consumable extras and charges too.

Keep in mind that all such problems are solvable, though you will most likely have to take a few turns to find possible solutions (for example, using the water and light installations from the current kitchen or nearest bathroom through the walls or ceiling).

Sometimes you have to get creative to get more viable results. You have to keep the budget in mind, of course, but it is your standards of habitability that should establish the minimum square footage of your new kitchen.

The key is in the planning and prep work

If you are thinking about remodeling the kitchen, planning is absolutely essential. You should take care of everything you can ahead of time, including licenses, material, and the scheduling so that once you start — everything is under control and the work can stay on track.

If you’re planning to move the kitchen as well as a bathroom, for instance, a good piece of advice is to approach both in one go instead of doing the bathroom first and the kitchen a few months later. These spaces often share material and certain types of installations.

Moving a kitchen in an apartment building

Moving a kitchen is a common project, and the owners of an apartment unit have every right to change things up, too, even though the neighbors might be annoyed because renovations can generate noise and mess up common spaces.

The problem is aggravated if you want to move your kitchen to be above a neighbor’s bedroom. Not only will the renovation work be loud and disruptive, but the kitchen is a high traffic area with noisy appliances such as the dishwasher.

There are clear regulations for owners who carry out renovations such as moving a kitchen, and you should familiarize yourself with them. A good start is knowing that it is always necessary to let the community of owners know that work is beginning, even if it does not affect common elements of the property, and especially if the work consists of modifying architectural elements, facilities, and services.

You cannot, for example, demolish or remove a pillar or a load wall inside any apartment. Because such operations might affect the structure of the entire building, no permit can be granted. In these cases, the community would deny the beginning of the work and communicate it to those affected. The takeaway here is not to launch any project without doing your due diligence.

How much does it cost to remodel a kitchen?

Price is one of the biggest uncertainties when renovating or moving a kitchen, and is perhaps the definitive factor for taking that step forward to start planning the work.

Although the price of a kitchen renovation depends on many factors that can vary greatly, the two most important factors are the quality of the materials and the cost of the labor needed to get the work done.


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The price of a renovation or room relocation also varies according to personal tastes and needs. Here we leave you with four factors to consider, not only for kitchens but also for any type of renovation.

Four important considerations for your remodel or relocation

1. Set the style of the kitchen

modern KitchenPhoto by articad images on flickr [CC BY-SA 2.0]

Kitchens are an indispensable element of the house, and it is strongly recommended that you take the time to think about what style of kitchen you want (modern, minimalist, classic, etc.). A classic kitchen is not the same as a rustic kitchen, and you should know whether you’re looking for a kitchen with more or less traditional style.

Depending on your chosen style, the budget can vary up to 40% for the total cost.

2. Quality of the material

Kitchen stovePhoto by designmilk on flickr [CC BY-SA 2.0]

Once the style has been determined, it is up to you to decide on the quality of the material and elements to be used in the new kitchen, which will have a significant impact on the final price. For example, there are tiles for $10 per square foot and there are tiles that are more than $100 dollars per square foot.

3. Labor

The execution of the work is another factor that strongly influences the price, some might say it’s the most important because if the work is not done well, the final result will not be the desired one.

Remember that bad or defective installment can ruin any type of material, including tiles and floors, countertops, furniture and fittings so use reputable, experienced professionals. When you’re studying prices, look into all the installation details for what you’re buying. Weigh the options in front of you, with careful consideration of each material’s cost, durability, installation process, and guarantee period.

4. Request for estimates

Ask for one or more estimates for your kitchen renovation, and make sure the budgets are clearly broken down and in accordance with your research, your chosen style and the quality of materials that you desire.

MORE: The Basics of Relocating a Bathroom


If moving your kitchen is what you want to do, let nothing 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. As long as you’re not messing with the outer structure of your house, or modifying any supporting structure in the case of an apartment, you may go ahead with the renovation without a separate planning permission. Just make sure that you plan the entire process well, keep the house’ layout in mind, and of course your budget. Happy renovating!

What you need to know about moving a kitchen was last modified: March 10th, 2019 by Oriana Gomez-Zerpa

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