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Where to start with extending original kitchen by knocking down internal wall
Hello, we want to extend our rather small kitchen by knocking down an internal wall which leads to a small lobby area. After which we want a completely new kitchen fitting, which will include flooring, tiling, electrics....the full works. We have no idea how to start, any info will be greatly appreciated.
First and foremost you need to establish if the wall that needs knocking down is loadbearing or not as this will impact on design and layout. If it is structural you will need supporting piers and will need Building Control approval. Either a competent builder or Architect / Engineer can advise you on this.
After this you can set about getting a kitchen design prepared which depending on budget can simply be done by yourself or you could use suppliers such as Howdens Joinery or drop into your local B&Q etc most of which offer a free design service. Once you have a plan / chosen your range of units, worktops, taps, sinks, appliances etc it should be straight forward for a builder to be able to give you a pretty accurate costing for all the works required. Alternatively you could employ separate tradesmen but then you will have all the responsibility for co-ordinating them to be on site at the right time
Answered 8th Oct 2013