The rapid and often sweeping changes in society and our day-to-day lives are reflected in the considerable variation in home spaces and how they are used. Today, comfort and functionality are top dogs. One of the most common changes is the transformation of old compartmentalized spaces into new diaphanous spaces. How? By moving or removing walls or other partitions. A great example is a popularity of moving a kitchen and opening it up to the living room to form a visually expanded single space that is often the heart of the home.
If your house is old or part of an old building with a typical layout of yesteryear, it is possible that your bathroom or kitchen, or even both, would be more practical in a different location. It may also be that your family’s needs have changed and you’re looking to optimize the square footage of each room.
Remodeling or moving a kitchen doesn’t raise a lot of the problems that arise in moving bathrooms, but it is important to consider other issues such as the exhaust of fumes from the extractor hood. The closer your appliances are to the extraction points, the better your equipment will operate, meaning less maintenance for you.
Keep in mind that all such problems are solvable, though you will most likely have to take a few turns to find possible solutions (for example, using the water and light installations from the current kitchen or nearest bathroom through the walls or ceiling). Sometimes you have to get creative to get more viable results. You have to keep the budget in mind, of course, but it is your standards of habitability that should establish the minimum square footage of your new kitchen.
The key is in the planning and prep work
If you are thinking about remodeling both the kitchen and a bathroom, planning is absolutely essential. You should look after everything you can ahead of time, including licenses, materials, and the scheduling so that once you start everything is controlled and the work can stay on track. A good piece of advice is to approach everything at once instead of doing the bathroom first and the kitchen a few months later because these spaces often share materials and certain types of installations.
Moving a kitchen in an apartment building
Moving a kitchen is a common project, and the owners of an apartment unit have every right to change things up, too, even though the neighbors might be annoyed because renovations can generate noise and mess up common spaces.
The problem is aggravated if you want to move your kitchen to be above a neighbor’s bedroom. Not only will the renovation work be loud and disruptive, but the kitchen is a high traffic area with noisy appliances such as the dishwasher.
There are clear regulations for owners who carry out renovations such as moving a kitchen, and you should familiarize yourself with them. A good start is knowing that it is always necessary to let the community of owners know that work is beginning, even if it does not affect common elements of the property, and especially if the work consists of modifying architectural elements, facilities, and services.
You cannot, for example, demolish or remove a pillar or a load wall inside any apartment. Because such operations might affect the structure of the entire building, no permit can be granted. In these cases, the community would deny the beginning of the work and communicate it to those affected. The takeaway here is not to launch any project without doing your due diligence.
How much does it cost to remodel a kitchen?
Price is one of the biggest uncertainties when renovating or moving a kitchen, and is perhaps the definitive factor for taking that step forward to start planning the work.
Although the price of a kitchen renovation depends on many factors that can vary greatly, the two most important factors are the quality of the materials and the cost of the labor needed to get the work done.
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The price of a renovation or room relocation also varies according to personal tastes and needs. Here we leave you with four factors to consider, not only for kitchens but also for any type of renovation.
Four important considerations for your remodel or relocation
1. Set the style of the kitchen
Kitchens are an indispensable element of the house, and it is strongly recommended that you take the time to think about what style of kitchen you want (modern, minimalist, classic, etc.). A classic kitchen is not the same as a rustic kitchen, and you should know whether you’re looking for a kitchen with more or less traditional style.
Depending on your chosen style, the budget can vary up to 40% for the total cost.
2. Quality of the materials
Once the style has been determined, it is up to you to decide on the quality of the materials and elements to be used in the new kitchen, which will have a significant impact on the final price. For example, there are tiles for $10 per square foot and there are tiles that are more than $100 dollars per square foot.
The execution of the work is another factor that strongly influences the price, some might say it’s the most important because if the work is not done well, the final result will not be the desired one.
Remember that bad or defective installment can ruin any type of material, including tiles and floors, countertops, furniture and fittings so use reputable, experienced professionals. When you’re studying prices, look into all the installation details for what you’re buying. Weigh the options in front of you, with careful consideration of each material’s cost, durability, installation process and guarantee period.
4. Request for estimates
Ask for one or more estimates for your kitchen renovation, and make sure the budgets are clearly broken down and in accordance with your research, your chosen style and the quality of materials that you desire.