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Moving a kitchen from back to front

When renovating a old home, this couple opted to move their kitchen from the back of the house to the front.


In this old home the kitchen was located at the back of the house. South-facing, the kitchen was dark and dingy and not all what the couple envisaged for their new home. After reviewing the layout, the homeowners realised that it would cost the same to rip out and replace as it would to move the kitchen to the front of the house and combine the kitchen into the new open plan living space.

Moving the location of the kitchen was possible by plumbing into the bathroom behind the location for the new kitchen. Since the new design would allow for a separate laundry, it wasn't necessary to allow for a washing machine, and the new stove would sit almost exactly in the same spot as the wiring for the old stove - just on the other side of the wall.

GOOD TO KNOW: When planning a renovation of this magnitude, it is important to look at how you can reduce costs by using what electrical and plumbing services are already in place. Where new or additional electrical or plumbing needs to be installed, this can quickly run up the cost.

Incorporating a kitchen into another room can open up your home and make it easier to spend time together. Planning a kitchen from scratch gives you the freedom to design the most practical layout for daily routines. In this new kitchen, installing the kitchen units on the wall that adjoins the bathroom made it easy to plumb in a sink and dishwasher.


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