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"Opening Up" Kitchen
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I have two questions:
1. Assuming that we dont want to change our existing kitchen - what does opening up one side of it involve? The wall in question current has cabinets on it and the counter holds our sink. Removing the cabinets would open it to the dining area.
2. If we were to instead install a kitchen in what is currently a bath - how much of a hassle is it? Add gas line (although bath is quite close to existing kitchen). What else to keep in mind other than the labor and cost of new cabinetry involved?

Thanks

Since the sink is on that wall, it's possible that the main hot and cold supply pipes as well as the drain pipe runs through the wall -- worst case: in middle of the wall; best case: at the side, so your opening may be smaller than planned. Check with the building super who may know where the pipes are.

Does moving/extending a gas line require a building permit? (if you're in a co-op, will they permit it?)

Delbel,

It is not just possible that your have your riser in the wall that your sink is on, it's probable. The chances are also great that you will not be allowed to move the gas and then have to go with all electric if you have enough amperage.

Good feedback. Ques for Primer05 - other apartments in our building have not only moved kitchen. But moved it over dry area. With this is mind, does it change your answer. thanks

Dragging a gas line from one side of a kitchen to the other is not a big deal. Moving it to another location in the apartment is entirely another issue. If you live in a standard coop, chances are high that they aren't going to permit moving the line that far or moving the kitchen to a bathroom. If it is a smaller, loosy-goosy run coop, they it may be alright. Note also, if you are indeed in a standard coop that somehow allows the kitchen to be moved, you still may be restricted to keeping the footprint of the new kitchen exactly over the footprint of the old bathroom with absolutely no expansion beyond existing boundries. This is known as the standard "no wet over dry" rule.

Thank you all. Taking into consideration that condo has allowed kitchen over dry area before and assuming they would allow it again, under what circumstances would it be worth it move?

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