4-foot bump out: That way lies madness? Or salvation?
Anybody here have experience with adding small bumpouts--4' x 12'-sh--onto an old house?
I'm sure by now you're all tired of my whininig ( :-p ) about my tiny '20s kitchen with this layout:
Simply fixing my basement walkout, so I can replace the cooktop with a range, or just use that dead cabinet, won't be cheap. I've gotten estimates so far ranging from 4-8K, and not all of these cockamamie schemes are even feasible.
It has been proposed to me instead, by persons both wise and foolish, that the answer to my dilemma is to push out the back of the kitchen, starting at the back door and out to the corner of the house, by about 4' or 5'.
In some versions, the back door itself would not get bumped out; there are a couple small advantages to this too tedious to explain.
So far, I've gotten two estimates for doing this (on top of a kitchen reno) ranging from $20K to $40K. These are contractor-walking-around estimates, not estimating off of approved plans and bid packages. They also are limited to the incremental cost of doing a bumpout--not the total cost of the kitchen renovation.
What I'm trying to figure out now is, is it worth going as far as doing plans?
Advantages of doing a bumpout:
- Enough space for an island, if I wanted
- Room to move cooktop or range away from the window
- Enough cabinetry to ignore the walkout and leave it alone--maybe put in a shallow bookcase, spice cab or something silly like that.
- A platform for someday doing a bump out of the small bedroom directly above the kitchen
- $$$$$$$. Can I really trust a bid for $20K?
- More stress, more noise, potential for my house to fall over, or whatever
Questions for you guys:
- If you live in the Boston area, have you ever done a bumpout like this? What did it add to your project cost? How long did it take? How much more disruption than just a kitchen reno? Was it worth it?
- If you don't live in the Boston area, then you can still answer this: Would I gain enough actual counterspace/cabinet storage/seating area/fung shui/good karma/sanctifying grace to justify the cost and trauma?