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How to Plan and Design a Kitchen.

Your new kitchen does not need to have the same layout as your old one.
In addition to a sink and washing machine, you may want to add a dishwasher.
Many people have their boiler in the kitchen but it does not have to be there.
A boiler can be installed in a garage, loft or even on the outside wall of a property.

You need to decide on your budget and think about the stages below.

1. Look at the layout of your kitchen and see if there is structural work to be done.
You might want to put in an additional wall or move a wall. If you move a supporting wall
you will need a structural reinforcement (a steel) to take its place. This is likely to be expensive.

2. You might want to change the position of a door or move a window.
Either of these will require a lintel above the opening but this may not be too costly.

3. Make sure that the incoming mains water supply stopcock is easily accessible.
You may also want to fit a SureStop switch somewhere in the kitchen.

4. See where the existing services are. It is quite easy to run new pipes or cables
to different positions in the kitchen but drainage is not always easy to change.
Drainage from the sink, washing machine and dishwasher will run off to the
soil and vent pipe (the stack) or outside to a gully covered by a steel grill.
There are limits to the fall (downward slope) and length of drainage pipes and this
might limit the scope of a new kitchen design. Digging new drains is likely to be expensive.

5. Plan and measure where the new kitchen units are to go
and any changes in the services that are required.

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