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It is possible to move your kitchen from one area to another. Cost will be determined based on the floor system it sits on as the kitchen will need to access its services such as pipework for drainage and gas. If it is situated on a suspended flooring system (timber or steel) the cost is within reasonable limits to achieve. If the kitchen is situated on a concrete floor (though it is possible), it is not advised as the movement of pipework is a costly exercise and should be avoided if possible.
Yes you can! Extending your home is a great way to increase the value of your home while also tailoring your home to your needs. A few points to remember:
- Try and keep the upper level walls lining up with your lower level.
- Always design for the future rather than for your current needs.
- Try and align heavy load areas such as bathrooms and study to sit on walls which can either support the weight or can be accessed and upgraded to handle the heavy load.
- Avoid having upper external walls running over open spaces. The loads of these upper external walls need to be supported by heavy beams if spanning over large areas such as living areas.
- Engineers will always be involved with two level extensions. By engaging with a structural engineer consultant at an early stage regarding issues such as walls being upgraded for heavier loads, it give you a clear picture regarding cost and how to minimise structural construction cost.
It is always a good idea to consult your lighting supplier for details as lighting can come at different colors and intensity. It is a good rule of thumb to space the down lights between 1.5 meters to 2 meters to ensure the room is evenly lit.
It is possible to retain the existing roof depending on the scale of work being done which may save on cost. However it is best to consult your builder/ structural engineer about the feasibility of retaining the existing roof. Also consult them about both options before making and big decision especially in relation to structural issues.