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Old 06-28-2013, 03:15 AM   #1
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Hey all
So have made an accepted offer on this house. Nothing signed off yet.

Just want to know will it be a big job to year down the wall between the kitchen and sitting room. Want to make the kitchen island bigger and longer and open the space up more
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Old 06-28-2013, 08:05 AM   #2
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So have made an accepted offer on this house. Nothing signed off yet.

Just want to know will it be a big job to year down the wall between the kitchen and sitting room. Want to make the kitchen island bigger and longer and open the space up more
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Old 06-28-2013, 08:31 AM   #3
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How about showing a picture of the wall in question?

Beyond that, it's all about what ELSE that wall is doing aside from holding up some sheetrock. F'rinstance... is it holding up the roof too? Can't tell that from pictures on the interwebs.
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Old 06-28-2013, 08:34 AM   #4
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Someone that knows what there doing really should be on site to look this over.
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Old 06-28-2013, 09:05 AM   #5
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That's the wall. It might need a supporting beam above it I think. Doesn't se to be a solid structure though.
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Old 06-28-2013, 09:24 AM   #6
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The real question is what else might already be inside that wall? If there's duct work, plumbing or electrical then those would have to be moved elsewhere. Sometimes moving them can get VERY complicated (read: expensive).

Obvious signs to look for would be seeing duct registers on the wall. Or taking a look at the areas directly above and below the location. See if there are signs of things going up/down into that area.

Then there's the question of what structure the house depends upon that might be in that area. Could be structural supports in there. That's also something you'd look for above/below the wall in question.

Also think about how the flooring and walking patterns would need to change.
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Want an answer?

Sure it's 'doable' - pretty well everything is doable in home renovations these days, including open plan concepts. If you've got the money, that's really true!

What'll it cost? Well like other have pointed out it depends what else is going on it that wall - but don't worry - you've got the money right?

How much money?

I'd say $30,000.
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Depends on whats in that wall. If its empty, and not loadbearing, itll be easy. If its loadbearing, you will have to install some form of extra support for the roof or upper floors. If its got plumbing and electric in it, you will have to reroute those things.
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We are going to go at it another way.

I stead of taking the wall out. Going to make the counter top go all the way against the wall instead of coming out at a 90degree angle.

How big of a Job would it be to re route the plumbing?
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Keep in mind ill be doing the works self so expenses are materials .
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How big of a job depends entirely on site conditions and local requirements (code, inspections, trade services, etc).

The first question with moving plumbing is what's under it? And what else is also under it that would be affected? If you're on a slab that's one thing (requires a jackhammer) but if it's a basement then you have to consider how the structure is laid out under there.
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Thanks for the prompt reply.


There is a basement which is directly underneath. The basement is unfinished so I have full access to the plumbing underneath.
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Unfinished as in crawl space or actual basement? Unfinished forever or possibly finished at some later date? Then there's the question of which way the joists are running, as that affects how the drain runs. Which leads to the question of where the vent stack would go up from where ever the new drains are moved.

All these come into play when deciding what sort of moves are practical or cost-prohibitive.

Can you better describe what you mean? Do you mean running the counter along the way toward what looks like a sliding-glass door? If that's then make sure there's enough depth at the door to accommodate the counter, or have a transition in mind. It's not always easy to do this in a way that doesn't look like an after-thought.

If this is what you mean, then it would depend on what the area under it looks like. A few pictures of the current drain and the areas leading over to the potential new ones would help.

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