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What You Need To Know About Kitchen Plumbing Remodel
If you are thinking about remodeling your kitchen, then you should give serious consideration to remodeling your kitchen plumbing too. All those beautiful new appliances and fixtures will require proper installation. That almost always means some, if not all, of the kitchen plumbing (meaning the pipes that connect your fixtures and appliances to water and sewer) will be moved, altered, and replumbed. The following information will help give you some ideas about your kitchen plumbing remodel.
The team at Scott English Plumbing have some great advise on what you should watch out for before and during your kitchen plumbing remodel. Prior planning prevents disasters and this article gives some solid tips on getting your remodel project off to a smart start.
5 Plumbing Mistakes to Avoid When Remodeling Your Kitchen
The kitchen is often known as the “heart of the home.” When it comes time to renovate this all-important room, it’s a good idea to think about plumbing. Although it’s not the most exciting part of the kitchen, plumbing is essential. Here are five costly plumbing mistakes you can avoid, simply by planning ahead.
1. Not Choosing Your Sink First
Sinks aren’t as sexy as cabinets and countertops, but they should be among the first items you choose when doing a kitchen remodel. Too often homeowners install their new cabinets first. Then when it’s time to install the sink, either the sink is the wrong size or doesn’t fit the location of the pipes. A new hole must be cut, or even the new cabinets must be cut in order to make the sink fit. The only other option is to choose a new sink, which may not be what you had in mind. Choose your sink first, so the cabinet contractor can leave the proper amount of space and ensure the pipe connections are in the right place. Doing so will save you time, money and aggravation.
2. Mismatched Pipes
If your pipes don’t match, it could cost you. Mismatched pipes can leak or corrode, eventually causing damage to your nicely remodeled kitchen. Luckily, different pipes can be connected, but you need to know their composition and obtain the right fittings. It’s also important to make sure your pipes are compatible with the fixtures to avoid low water pressure. Finally, don’t connect too many fixtures to one set of pipes. The increased demand from multiple fixtures can overwhelm your system and also lead to low water pressure.
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This article reminds us to be careful with your planning and don’t skip important steps when remodeling your kitchen. The new kitchen fixtures need to fit precisely, so buy those new sink fixtures before you start removing the old sink and counter tops.
If you’re asking yourself, “Do I really need to replace my plumbing if I remodel my kitchen?” we have an answer for you? Most often, “Yes,” you will need to replace at least some plumbing during a kitchen remodel. There are several reasons, but the most frequent need for redoing the plumbing is simply because the new appliances and fixtures are in a different location than the old appliances and fixtures. The people at Modern Plumbing Industries have some good ideas on plumbing replacement during a kitchen remodel.
Kitchen Plumbing Remodeling
The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in any home. Having a kitchen where you feel comfortable, that is functional and that you can take pride in– these are all important aspects of home ownership. To help you remodel that kitchen to your liking, read some of these brief tips.
1. Have a plan
Before you start, sketch your ideas on paper. This exercise will help you envision how you want the kitchen to look, as well as identify any challenges and obstacles that may be in your way. You might even come up with some good new ideas in the process, and scrap some that maybe wouldn’t have turned out so well.
2. Stay within the design and layout
One of the costliest mistakes you can make in remodeling the kitchen is trying to do too much. Feel free to make changes – that’s the point, after all – but try to keep major fixtures in place as much as possible. Plumbing can be changed and re-routed and such, but it’s only really worth it if it provides some sort of significant upgrade in productivity or efficiency. Moving the dishwasher across the room just because it might look nicer isn’t really an efficient use of time and money.
Great advice, stick to your plan once you start. Don’t over do the project if you haven’t set up the design for more advanced remodeling. And, if you can, keep fixtures in place. However, if you decide to replace fixtures, make certain you have the entire project measured and take into consideration that plumbing is always part of a kitchen remodel.
Installing Kitchen Plumbing Can Be Complicated
The video below demonstrates how to moving kitchen plumbing to a new location. This is a common occurrence with kitchen remodels and can be quite tricky. Most modern kitchens remodels involve installation of a garbage disposal. This requires electrical wiring, so you can see that a kitchen remodel requires both a licensed plumbing contractor and a licensed electrician.
Remodeling your kitchen may seem like a great idea. However, give serious consideration to why you want to remodel the kitchen and what you plan to get from it. There are times when it makes sense, but sometimes it just isn’t worth the time or money. Remember, a kitchen remodel can be quite costly. You will also be without your kitchen for a week (at least) so that major kitchen remodeling project needs to really upgrade your kitchen both for your lifestyle and as a long term investment in your home.
Worth the Splurge
1) Second sink: Place it outside of the main cooking and cleanup zone so that a second chef can prep food, wash hands for dinner, or bartending during parties.
2) Paneled cabinet ends: These decorative panels, which are essentially oversize doors fixed to any exposed sides of cabinets, give your kitchen a custom-built, furniture-like look.
3) Full-extension, soft-close drawer glides: Installed under or on the sides of a drawer, they allow it to pull completely out of the cabinet so that you can reach everything inside. Plus, they eliminate slamming.
Not Worth the Splurge
1) Glazed, distressed, and crackled finishes: These can increase cabinet costs by as much as 30 percent and can start to look dated as trends change.
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As you can see, there is a great deal of planning and some serious work that goes into a major kitchen plumbing remodel. Each step requires plenty of planning as well as expert workmanship. Before you decide to make that final decision to remodel the plumbing and other parts of your kitchen, give us a call and we’ll help you with the planning so your kitchen is as great as you imagined.
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