Your kitchen remodel is a big investment in time and money. Getting the design you love, flooring you adore, ordering gorgeous cabinets, flawless tiles and finally, choosing a contractor, is very exciting.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t end there. A number of things can go wrong, especially when it comes to kitchen plumbing, gas and electricity. Here are some basic plumbing issue you should consider.
Firstly, if you keep the layout of your new kitchen similar to the existing one, this will reduce a lot of work. Even so, in most cases some rerouting of utilities is required.
Secondly, make sure you locate all the plumbing pipes and gas lines in your kitchen before demolition day. Your plumber can easily locate these and check their condition. Its best to do this before you start your kitchen remodel. You should know whether they are faulty, need replacing or no longer comply with the current code. Not knowing before Demo Day could set your renovation back in time and money.
If they don’t comply with current codes it means you can’t install your stove and sink. Ignore this or take short cuts, and your kitchen may not pass inspection. A ‘fail’ in your inspection means the project will be at a standstill, until they are fixed and comply.
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Secondly, if you live in an older home, chances are you have galvanized pipes. These can clog easily and deteriorate over time. Replacing them with newer pipes is one of the best things you can do for your new kitchen. Doing this while your new kitchen is being built gives you access to your pipes without worrying about damaging walls or cabinets. Replacing these any other time is expensive, so it’s a bonus.
- To reduce sink and dishwasher installation costs, place them close together so they can share hot and cold water supplies.
- Existing plumbing on exterior walls should be moved inside to avoid freezing during cold weather.
- New or existing refrigerators with an ice or water dispenser also need a water source.
- Consider the layout of the current wastepipes in your new floor plan.
- Think green and durable. Use quality materials and finishes that have the least negative impact on the environment. There are more energy efficient appliances and water-efficient taps available and the prices and quality are constantly improving. Choosing these will save electricity, water, and future replacement costs.
You want your kitchen remodel to go smoothly. The best way for that to happen is to plan. The more planning you do, the easier the renovation. A good renovation adds so much value to your home and lifestyle. You might only remodel your kitchen once or twice. Make your remodeling decisions to be the right ones.
By spending time, money and planning in the right areas, you will create a kitchen you can enjoy for years to come.