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  • Changes to floorplan - moving walls

    Hi,

    I'm currently looking to buy a new built house in one of the new developments in London. Having a look at floorplan, I feel that some areas (especially kitchen) is not very well thought as it has very little working space and is in general tiny (7m2). As I really liked the first and second floor of the house, I thought about ways of improving ground floor a little bit and I came up with below list of small changes:
    -) moving a door to kitchen to be on the other side of the same wall (about 1m move) -> which would allow me to expand a kitchen with additional working space and units
    -) removing small part of the wall in living room which would also mean moving doors to the living room about 50cm -> which would make living room slightly better in terms of layout and also make my corridor straight
    -) moving a wall (and doors) in the cloaks so that the hallway is straight -> which would allow me to do a small utility-like area and keep hallway straight

    Please see attached fragment of the floorplan with changes marked in red and proposed new walls in green.

    Having said that, I have couple of questions and would be grateful if someone was able to assist:
    1. Would developer agree to make such changes, at least to the kitchen area? I'm pretty sure they have not yet built that wall.
    2. If I were to do it myself, how much would it cost and how long would it take?
    3. Will I loose NHBC/developer insurance after making these changes?
    4. Does it require building/planning/any type of permission or legal work?

    Many thanks in advance!
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    Last edited by minnie; 18-10-2015, 08:55 PM.
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