We need a kitchen and have no ideas.
Please post pictures of your brilliant ladder/gardens kitchens and we will shamelessly copy the best ones we see.
Has anyone done that thing of extending their kitchen out into the back garden? Was it expensive - was it worth it?
Just about to start the process [Monday] of knocking through to the utility room[ take down wall, remove chimney breast, swap backdoor and rear window around] then fit new floor and ceiling finally install new kitchen! should take 4 to 5 weeks of microwave / take-aways/ eating out.
Expensive? building work and fitting about £10000, flooring£3000, kitchen units £8000, worktops [ quartz] £3000, new appliances £3000 . so yes although all relative.
Worth it? - let you know. we're on Umfreville Road, welcome to come and see.
Definitely don't consider leaving the chimney breast supported in a way that doesn't comply with building regs. It will cause an issue when you come to sell.
We just dealt with a chimney stack removal in a property we bought in Enfield. In that borough you can use gallow brackets in a terraced house as long as the full stack is still in place in the neighbouring house.
I had my ladder kitchen extended 5 years ago though not out into the garden but rather to the side to fill in the "L-shape" with a side return extension. The north east outside space to the side of my old kitchen was pretty much unusable because it never got any light but now it is inside with sky lights it is part of a bright spacious kitchen. It was expensive but worth every penny - I have children and so spend a lot of time in the kitchen! Think twice about skylights if you are south facing though - they can make a kitchen unbearably hot. I would recommend finding a builder who has done similar work and ask them if you can visit a couple of houses they have worked on. I got some great "I really wish we had done this' style tips from people. Mine took 7 weeks.
This webiste has a great gallery, I just used one of the photos as a guide for our builder
Couldn't possibly recommend our builder as he didn't finish the job. The one bit of advice I would give is get a schedule and pay them in quarterly installments, no additional money till each quarter is done. Luckily I stuck to this advice - ironically from the same guy who initially did the plans, then got the build job - and when he asked for an early payment of last installment I just said no. At which point he lost interest. Managed to find someone else to finish off although most of it had been done, and all the regulations passed by the council. Just very annoying, and double the initial 12 week schedule. Still well worth doing but I guess you pay for what you get, especially if they are competent and have good reviews. Good luck, I'm sure there is another thread somewhere with advice on the same question