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Conversions - General Question
Change ground floor layout, move kitchen to the living room
Hi all, I hope you can help. I had a complete house refurb done 3.5 years ago. The layout was changed drastically and most of the plumbing runs in the middle of the house. There is a water tap at the back in the garden. At the time I changed the ground floor layout by swapping the living room and the kitchen. The kitchen is now in the middle of the house (where I guess many people have the dining area), the front of the house is the dining area (where used to be the living room, albeit very small) and at the back of the house we now have a very big lounge. I chose this lay-out because I thought we'd spend most of our time in the living room. Because of its size (roughly 30m2) it's always been a bit too big to get a cosy feel. The kitchen and living room are right next to each other and there is access via a door. I am contemplating moving the layout back to how it used to be by having a big kitchen diner and with living space back at the front, see link for very similar layout of a house in our street. http://www.rightmove.co.uk/house-prices/detailMatching.html/svr/2120;jsessionid=110D02809423C73B1A52CA9A5C50D307?prop=45663989&sale=79041456&country=england.
I am however very worried about the amount of upheaval this will create. Seeing there is water running underneath the floor towards the garden and the kitchen and living room are next to each other, will I be taking on yet another huge project? Would I be able to reuse the wooden floor? We have wooden flooring and underneath there runs some pipework which has been drilled into the concrete floor.
Also do you think it makes sense to swap it around?
There should be no issue reinstating the layout to its original and for a job of this size the plumbing relocation would be a small matter. "Also do you think it makes sense to swap it around?" This is something that only you can answer as the functionality of the house is best assessed by the occupier. However a consideration might be to contact a local estate agent for their opinion re most popular layout in case you sell the house at some point in the future. Hope this helps.
Answered 26th May 2017