The kitchen is the heart of the home. Many families spend a significant amount of time in the kitchen preparing meals together, entertaining, and having important conversations. If your kitchen's design is outdated, then you may find yourself not wanting to spend time in this important room.
Choosing to invest in a remodel can be a simple and effective way to achieve the aesthetic you desire in your older kitchen. As you begin to plan your kitchen remodel, it's vital that you consider the room's plumbing.
Here are three plumbing-related things that you need to consider in order to complete your kitchen remodel successfully and within your budget.
1. Pipe Integrity
As you begin to plan your kitchen remodel, you will likely want to establish a budget so that you know how much the project will cost. While many homeowners consider only the cost of new fixtures, cabinets, and countertops, the condition of your plumbing system should be a major consideration when creating a remodel budget.
You should carefully consider the integrity of the pipes servicing your kitchen. As pipes begin to age, they can deteriorate and contribute to major plumbing problems. It doesn't make sense to spend a lot of money on a cosmetic upgrade for your kitchen if it leaves you with poor plumbing behind the walls.
If you have noticed odd smells coming from your drains, water stains on the walls behind major appliances, or a significant reduction in water pressure, you should have an experienced plumber evaluate the integrity of your pipes. You may want to include the replacement of older pipes in your kitchen remodel budget to ensure you have a functional and beautiful room well into the future.
2. Fixture Placement
When investing in a kitchen remodel, you might consider changing the layout of your kitchen in order to make the room more accessible in the future. If you are planning to move any of the fixtures or appliances that connect to a water supply, you should consult with a plumber prior to beginning your home remodel.
An experienced plumber will be able to determine if it's possible to run new piping to accommodate the layout you desire. You will also be able to acquire an estimate for the installation of new plumbing so that you can determine if altering the layout of your kitchen will fit into the financial parameters of your kitchen remodel.
3. Energy Efficiency
As you think about remodeling the kitchen in your home, you should carefully consider ways to make your new room more energy efficient. Increasing the energy efficiency of your kitchen will help you reduce your utility costs over time, allowing you to recoup some of the cost of investing in a kitchen remodel.
An experienced plumber will be able to work closely with you to identify your needs when it comes to the water consumed within your kitchen. The plumber will be able to recommend fixtures that are both aesthetically pleasing and energy efficient.
This will help to ensure that you include only the most beneficial fixtures into the final design of your upcoming kitchen remodel.
When you decide to remodel your kitchen, it's important that you are taking the plumbing of the room into consideration as you plan the project. You should carefully consider the condition of your existing pipes, any alterations you want to make to the kitchen's layout, and the energy efficiency of the new fixtures that you plan to install in your remodeled kitchen.
Contact the plumbing professionals at Brad's Plumbing for help planning a successful kitchen remodel for your home in the future.