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Old 29.10.2016, 18:23
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Building a kitchen in a non-living space?

The 'turkey fryer' thread got me to thinking about how difficult it can be to put on a traditional holiday meal here in our tiny Swiss houses with tiny Swiss kitchens, which got me to thinking of an old Chicago solution.

In a typical Chicago 1920s-1940s bungalow one often finds a 'summer kitchen' in the basement. The idea was that during the summer months it is often too hot to cook so a utilitarian second kitchen was built in the much cooler basement.

I'd love to do something like that as a way to eke out a bit more useable space in my overcrowded shoebox of a house. But here we have strict definitions of living space vs Nebenraum, and never the twain shall meet. Or if they do, a fine and 'tear it out' order soon follows.

But are kitchens counted as living space wrt to usage regs? The are not when describing the house for sale...

So... would installing a second kitchen in a cellar room run afoul of Nebenraum/Wohnraum rules?

Many thanks.


(Yes I know, I could ask at the Gemeinde Bauamt, and yes I would expect that YMMV by canton, Gemeinde, phase of the moon. But the good folks at the Bauamt's reflexive answer to any question is 'No' regardless of what actual regs might say - so before I ask there I thought I'd ask here, just to get some general ideas.)
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