Kitchen extension question

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hazel15malwood
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Kitchen extension question

Postby hazel15malwood » Thu Jan 10, 2019 6:20 pm

Has anyone out there who has had a kitchen extension done in their victorian terrace had the main drain that was in the garden left inside the kitchen? And if not, did your builder try to charge you extra for doing that? Surely it's fair to expect that an outside drain would remain outside and the builder should anticipate doing that as part of the works. Thanks for any thoughts!
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Re: Kitchen extension question

Postby SarahJC1 » Thu Jan 10, 2019 6:38 pm

Hi - We just had a kitchen extension and it was included. I have had experience previously of builders missing things that need to be done off their quotes and then saying they were not included (and not in their quote). Obviously as a lay person you don’t always know what needs to be done and it is very frustrating when they do this - of course they knew it had to be moved. I would haggle and see if you can maybe meet in the middle for the additional cost???
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Re: Kitchen extension question

Postby sloaney donkey » Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:28 pm

I guess you are in dispute with your builder on this? The victorians used, i beleive, clay for their pipes and they probably will break as soon as they come out of the ground and have an awkward imperial measurement that will require replacing with plastic encased with stones and in lintels. I’d say it is an additional £1-2k if it wasn’t in the quote / spec / estimate you originally got.

Bigger issue is whether you have rights to alter it in any way.

If it is a shared drain on your property then you do not own the drain anymore. Either alone or with other households. Since 2010 ownership and responsibility for drains that are on your property and which serve more than one property are the responsibility of your sewerage company (Thames)

You neee a build over agreement from them before touching it. They want to make sure that the integrity of the system will not be impacted. As this could cause problems elsewhere. You need to provide drawings and details on the design.

You can risk moving it without asking, but it will cause you problems if they find out you did the works without permission.

Under no circumstances will you be allowed to put a manhole cover in your kitchen as it makes access a lot more difficult, and flooding more expensive for the water company to deal with. Even the bolt down sealed types are not allowed. And you do not want any bad smells, which will come.

They also need an inspection cover at least every three households so they can easily unblock it. Have a look on the Thames water website for all the things they look for (developer services ?).

Good luck
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