How Disruptive Is A Kitchen Extension?

Home construction is a difficult topic to fully get your head around at the best of times, being quite overwhelming for many homeowners. It can be daunting to think about the disruption that could be caused within the home if you decide to make any major changes to the structure and layout of the house. However, this does not need to be the case if you are considering a home or kitchen extension, as the disruption is much less than one would expect.

In most properties, the kitchen is located at the rear of the property, categorising most rear extensions as kitchen extensions. This means that in most cases if you are extending your property you will face disruption to the use of your kitchen area. A rear, side or wrap-around extension can take between 10-14 weeks to construct depending on the size of your property and the specifics of your extension. During this time, your building team will supply you with a temporary kitchen area.

A company like Simply Extend will provide a temporary kitchen area which will be equipped with a water supply, sink, a stove and an oven. There are a couple of restrictions to the exact appliances you can have in your temporary kitchen, depending on if your gas and water pipes and electrical cables can be diverted to your living area or spare room. Your building team will discuss with you what you need to minimise the disruption caused by the extension process, so you have full control.

With any home renovation project, you will have to live with some noise disruption for a short period of time. Typically, the worst of the noise will come when the builders break through from the new extension to the original house. This begins approximately around week five and can last until the end of the build. However, your builders will mainly be working 9 to 5 within structured work hours when many may be out of the house at work, and you will not experience loud noise levels late into the evening.

Before construction begins, you will need to obtain Party Wall Agreements with your neighbours that will agree on what you can and cannot do to any shared walls between properties. During this process, it is best to discuss the disruption they will experience during your extension project. Your neighbours will experience building work dust for the duration of this project, which may affect their garden and enter their home through any open windows. It is always best to discuss what time of year works for you and them, as building work in summer can be frustrating for neighbours who will want to enjoy their garden space.

Whilst a kitchen extension can cause some disruption, it is never as much as homeowners typically expect, and the finished kitchen is always worth it, You can always discuss your concerns and worries with your surveyor when they visit your home for a site survey.

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