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Reception or kitchen?

I live in terraced house in RM9 area. The ground floor layout does not work for us. We have 2 reception room (one open space) and a small narrow kitchen. We are thinking of converting larger room to kitchen/dining room and leave the smaller one as living space (and leave that open plan layout). then, convert old kitchen into shower and utility room. My husband does not think it is a good idea as it will cost a lot and won't add value.

Asked on Mar 22 2011, Home Improvement in Dagenham | Report content

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  • It may add some value, however probably not enough to cover the cost of the build. The main factor though is the added benefit that you will gain from the conversion. Unless you are planning to move in the near future then the investment in improving your quality of life will be worth while.

    Answered on Mar 22 2011, Report content
  • Great answer. I agree with this. The house may or may not gain in monitary value but if the space doesn't work for you now and you plan on living there for a while, the value you gain in lifestyle by changing it will make it worth your while. I would suggest getting an estate agent to your home and showing them what you would like to do to it, just incase you are thinking of selling. You never know, the change may work in your favour...

    Answered on Mar 22 2011, Report content
  • I suppose if you look at it, it would cost a bit to do, but if you were to move to get the layout you want then this could cost more. So the answer is if with the changes you make you see yourself living there for the next 5 years plus then the change of use of rooms pays for its self just by having the pleasure of using them.

    Answered on Mar 23 2011, Report content
  • A big kitchen is becoming one of the most desirable aspects for buyers. When you say "it wont add value" I disagree. I believe that it will make your house easier to sell in the future. Adding value doesnt always have to adding £1000's of pounds. By doing this you will achieve a downstairs shower room, a bigger kitchen, and still benefit from a separate living area. If you are thinking of selling in the future this will make it more appealing to buyers rather then them being put off by the small kitchen.

    Answered on Mar 29 2011, Report content
  • If you have a small kitchen in a large house, making the kitchen bigger will be the best way to add value.

    Answered on Apr 4 2011, Report content
  • A big convivial kitchen/diner is a great selling point, particularly if there is another space where 'hubby can get some peace'! A shower, utility room AND downstairs WC is a huge asset. If it were me, I would sketch out a rough plan of your layout then get the Howdens rep to come round and do a kitchen layout for you. This is a free service and they provide an email plan with 3-4 views which gives a very good idea of what it will look like. They have 3 levels of kitchen, cheapo, mid range and 'splash out'! The mid range is well built and works well, their reps are well trained and have good ideas without being pushy. This would give you a good idea of what could be done and from your brief description would not involve a lot of structural work. I agree with your other responders, worth doing for yourselves if you are staying for a few years, and definitely more saleable when the time comes.

    Answered on Dec 17 2012, Report content

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