Why do Architects Design a House With a Boiler in the Kitchen?
Boilers can be a royal pain in the backside when designing a kitchen.
The first question should not be how can I box it in to make it look less hideous, but; where can I move the boiler to and how much would that actually cost?
A new combi boiler will usually cost around £2,000 supplied and fitted so if you are spending £20,000 on a kitchen, why wouldn't you move the boiler by either replacing or if it's reasonably new moving it to a more convenient location. A garage or a utility room are perfect areas. Why do architects design houses with a boiler in the kitchen? I'd would genuinely love to know the answer so send me a message or comment on the blog if you know the answer!
So, what if you can't move it?
Well that's a real shame but... There are ways to box in a boiler that won't ruin the design of the kitchen.
Boxing into a wall unit
If you have a boiler that is around 300mm deep then it's fairly easy, you can build a wall unit around it, you will have to remove the wall unit back panel and pull the unit of the wall. This is done by adding clad-on panels to the side of the cabinet that are deeper than the boiler to give enough ventilation at the front, you'll also need to remove most of the wall unit top and bottom panel, you are literally left with a frame work ( experienced fitters could just build a frame and hang kitchen door ) If the boiler is close to a wall then using a 600 wide cabinet is probably going to be your best bet but careful to check the boiler specifications for required ventilation. You don't often find boilers wider than 500mm so this way leaves you 50mm each side, again, you can remove any cabinet material that is not seen from the outside.
Boxing into a larder style cabinet
By far the easiest in terms of installation and it looks better because you have the full 600mm depth of cabinet meaning you won't normally have to pull off the wall or adjust cabinet other than cutting out the back panel as required. If space is required you can fix the doors and shelves at an appropriate height to ensure the boiler is separated from the rest of the unit.
There is a Pintrest board here that has lot's of examples of boilers built into larder units, it's my number one choice when designing a kitchen with a boiler.
So, 1. Move the boiler. 2. Build Larder Unit around boiler 3. Adapt a wall unit to fit boiler.
RULE NO.1 Check boiler specifications before boxing it in.
RULE NO.2 Make sure the gas safe engineer is happy and that the boiler is easily serviceable
If you need any advice about housing a boiler, you can comment here or email the firstname.lastname@example.org