Is your dated and impractical kitchen bothering you with its design, convenience, and functionality? Is it no longer giving you the pleasure that it once did, and using it has become a huge pain? You need to seriously contemplate moving kitchen to another part of the house.
And, why not? One of the most common changes we seek is the transformation of old compartmentalized spaces. We hate being told to restrict ourselves to a particular design or structure. If your house is old or part of an old building with a typical layout of yesteryear, it is possible that your kitchen would be more practical in a different location.
The good news is, you can get your dream kitchen just by moving it to somewhere else in your home, putting it in a more pleasant area.
There could be a lot of good reasons why you may want to relocate your kitchen. Perhaps your existing kitchen is in a dark place, or maybe it’s too small for your expanding family’s needs. Maybe you are adding an extension onto your home and it makes more sense to shift your kitchen closer to your new living and dining room.
A common complaint that most homeowners have is that their existing kitchen actually has a very poor layout. They feel that it’s best to scrap it and move it to somewhere else altogether.
Points to remember before moving the kitchen
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.
Checklist for relocating the kitchen to another room:
- See if the new space can accommodate the kitchen design you have in mind.
- Check to see if plumbing can be easily facilitated in the new area.
- Ensure that your pipeline, as well as gas line, can reach your new kitchen.
- Check if the new space has sufficient power outlets for your appliances such as ovens, stovetops, dishwashers, range hoods, etc.
- Ensure that there is enough room for your kitchen island (if you desire one), countertops, and easily accessible cabinetry.
If the answer to all the above questions is yes, you can happily go ahead and start work on your kitchen renovation.
Relocating kitchen: important steps
Planning and prep work
If you are contemplating remodeling the kitchen, planning is absolutely essential. You should take care of everything you can 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.
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. This can easily lower your kitchen renovation costs.
Applying for permits
Let’s begin with what permits are and why they are important. Well, 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. Same goes for moving walls within the home. Therefore, when it comes to relocating kitchen, a homeowner might 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 are 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.
Beginning the actual work
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 big 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.
FYI: The approximate cost of moving the plumbing may begin at $600 – $750 per line. The total pricing will depend on the complexity and quality of the work and size of the new area.
- New materials: you will have to shell out a lot of dollars for new materials such as flooring, windows, cabinetry, and new appliances. You can always cut costs by recycling the good-quality items you already had in your old kitchen. Or, you can keep your eyes open for bargains and sales.
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.
As long as you’re not messing with the outer structure of your house, or modifying any supporting structure, you may go ahead with the renovation without any problem. 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.