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    Kitchen Diners the trend?

    The trend for knocking down kitchen and dining rooms are becoming quite the norm out there for many customers. With formal dining now taking a back seat and a more relaxed approach to entertaining becoming popular. I fondly remember the days of the useful hatch when I was growing up so my mother could pass everything through whilst we had Sunday lunch. We could not see her slaving away for hours with all that steam and a pile of washing up. Now with the thanks to modern technology, dishwashers, great extractions systems and multi ovens there really is no need to keep everything “out of sight”

    Most customers I talk to ask “can I know down walls” – well in theory any wall can be knocked down however will this impact on the structural being of the house this will need serious consideration when looking at your options. Taking a wall out is relatively easy and cheaper than extending. If the dividing wall is not a supporting one than you can remove this easily with a sledgehammer and a dusk mask and plenty of strength!

    If the wall is load – bearing than a little more thought is required, so before you take a sledge hammer to it you will need to insert a steel joist above the opening to carry the building above – any good builder will ensure you have building regulation approval however a good tip will be speak to them first before to embark on any alterations. Most builders have access to structural engineers so they will be able to make the right calculations. However if you would like to speak to someone than I would recommend Greg Cooper from Downend Designs – he’s had plenty of experience in calculations and would be someone to have a chat with in the first instance. One thing also to note that if it’s a party wall you will need to tell your neighbours of your plans – keeping them happy before you start work is essential!

    Other points to consider:

    1. Will it add value to my home? seek some estate agents advice – if you come to sell is it something potential buyers see value in.
    2. Don’t knock though if you haven’t got an additional room to sit in – there will be times when you want to escape a kitchen environment for more peace and quiet.
    3. Do you have room to use a bit of space for a useful utility room, it’s often a good idea to have somewhere out of sight where you can store muddy boots, coats, and pet food bowls!
    4. If you’re going to the trouble of knocking down walls – let in as much light as you can – adding a skylight and glazed doors will make the space so much bigger.

    Some useful people to chat to:

    1. Architectok so you might not want to spend a fortune (often a misconception anyhow) but an architect will bring a creative dimension especially if you have tight space or lots of room to put in your dream kitchen. In the long run they can save you money by avoiding costly mistakes and can provide you with detail plans and manage the project.
    2. Builder Ensure your builder comes recommended and have done work like this before. A good builder will often offer practical and design advice with estimated costs. They can coordinate other trades services such as gas and electrical. We have a number of builders affiliated at Find Me A Tradesperson and I’m sure they would be happy to have a chat.
    3. Structural Engineer Essential for taking walls down or if you want to go further and extend your kitchen. When you come to sell your home having a structural survey done in the first place will save you time and money.
    4. Party Wall Surveyor – May be required if you live in a terraced or semi, this will draw up a contract between you and your neighbours to help resolve disputes.

    Having a lovely relaxing kitchen the way you want it will be worth it in the long run. Spend plenty of time thinking about what you want and how you will use the added space. Having a functional and attractive kitchen will make all the hard work worth it and thinking of the future if you come to sell is a crucial factor. if you would like to discuss any plans or would like to just have a chat then contact us at Find Me A Tradesperson.

    Monday, 14 May 2012

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