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Myself and my husband are about to buy our first home together after many years of renting.
However, my husband is Australian and doesn’t get the concept of these tiny British homes, all divided into tiny separate rooms!
We have found a house that is affordable/that we we like - however, it has a kitchen all enclosed off. There is a wall that divides the kitchen and the living/dining room - and we don’t want it there!

Does anyone know/have experience of negotiating with the new builders (Persimmon) to leave wall out? I have a builder/developer friend who said it would actually save the building firm money by not adding the wall/door. However, I get the feeling that these houses are like Ikea flatpack — and they’re just going to want to follow the plan!

Any insight would be much appreciated 😄

Kind regards

Chris and Gab


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Re: Buying off plan - CAN YOU ASK FOR WALLS TO NOT BE INCLUDED?
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2019, 01:34:01 pm »
I bought a Bellway home and I know a few buyers asked for a wall to be removed and another couple asked for a wall to be added. The former wasn’t charged anything less but the other buyer was charged about £300 for the extra wall. Please look at the reviews and comments about Persimmon before you pay any money. In the area where I live there have been so many problems with their houses and customer service has been none existent. It’s been widely reported in our local newspaper with photographs of the appalling work. Problems that have not been rectified even 2 years later. I know it has happened elsewhere. Good luck

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Re: Buying off plan - CAN YOU ASK FOR WALLS TO NOT BE INCLUDED?
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2019, 09:30:06 am »
Please do not buy a new home from Persimmon.
It might not always be possible to remove a ground floor wall as it will probably support the floor joist above.
If your husband doesn't like the house - don't buy it, buy a home you both like!
All new homes are tiny, overpriced, badly-built, little boxes!
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