Challenging small kitchen/diner conversion

7 Mar 2006
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The other half and I have bought a 1930s mid-terraced house which has one major issue that we intend to sort out when we move in. It has the original tiny galley kitchen, and is not really in proportion to the 5 bed (loft converted) 2 bathroom property.

The kitchen and dining room are next to each other, and although the divider is a supporting wall, will probably be knocked through. Simply doing this and not extending would be quickest and cheapest, but the position and access to the current utility cupboard (the original old outside loo) make useable space very limited.

Kitchen dimensions: 7'8 × 5'8 (2.34m × 1.73m)
Dining dimensions: 11'6 × 11'2 (3.51m × 3.41m)

We think the best solution to make a decent family room kitchen/diner is to extend and square off the current utility space to make a larger slim kitchen.

Absolute max budget for build & trades, including a new kicthen (happy for this to be reasonably budget) is 20K. A bigger budget would proabably allow for a straight across house extension, but we can't justify more.

We have never done anything of this scale before and don't really know where to start. Architectual assistant? Architect? Builder? Kitchen Designer? Would squaring off the utility area (adding app 6 m2) need planning permission?

The house has many original features, including the fireplace and the display cupboard in the dining room. The cupboard may have to go, but the fireplace ought to remain. Creating a space that although is a kicthen/diner also feels like a kitchen AND dining room would be great.

This is a drawing the current owner had made, and suggests the squaring off of the utility area.

Any advice appreciated, and we will keep you updated with the project once underway.
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How did you get on with your kitchen? I have a 1930's house too very similar layout and am considering a similar plan.

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