Sounds doable. Wall space is much cheaper in a living room than in a
kitchen. You have more of it and, therefore, greater options.
Just guessing, it should take two people about four hours to perform the
change out. You can minimize the effort by doing as much prep work as
possible - for example, cutting the hole in the living room, etc.
As to cost, I'd guess between $800 and $1,400 depending on the area of the
country, permits, inspections, etc. If you do it yourself, figure $350.
If you can live with the same panel, and you do the work yourself, your
out-of-pocket should be close to zero. Remember, you can add breakers to the
panel. Even if it's full, they now have half-size breakers so you can
essentially double the number without the necessity of a new box.
Wow! I love this group! Thanks everyone for all the great
suggestions. I feel like I understand the options much better and
will be able to have a much more intelligent conversation with the
electricians. I'll update with what they say and seek request
additional input if it seems questionable.
There are a lot of good references to kitchen design, many of which are
likely available at a local library. I also recommend using decent
design software (Floorplan3D 3D is good, also cheap) to try different
layouts and view photorealistic renders of each.
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