As many as 10 million Americans had their kitchens remodeled in 2015. After all, any renovation project can be both exciting and rewarding, as it gives you the chance to entirely transform the room. But remodeling the kitchen in your home should not just be about aesthetics, but functionality too.
Before you start thinking about which new appliances, countertops, cabinets and fixtures you want, you need to spend some time thinking about your kitchen plumbing. There will likely need to be plumbing modifications made before the kitchen remodel can be completed.
Plan What Needs Moving In The Kitchen
A complete kitchen remodel is a significant investment, and can cost anything from $22,000 to $135,000, so it’s something you need to get right from the start. While planning what you want for your new kitchen, Carter’s My Plumber recommends you also spend time thinking about which fixtures you will want to move from one area to another.
This is an important aspect of a kitchen remodel because you will likely have to reroute your kitchen plumbing to make these changes work. It’s a good idea to plan out which changes are necessary and which ones aren’t, then discuss these with your plumber.
Adding In Additional Plumbing
You may decide to take the opportunity of having your kitchen remodeled to add in extra features that weren’t there originally. You may decide to add in a refrigerator with an ice maker, garbage disposal or dishwasher.
These will mean you’ll have to modify your existing plumbing. So talk your plans through with your plumber to make sure all the necessary plumbing will be put in place to cater for each new enhancement you add to your kitchen.
Reroute The Kitchen Plumbing
Once you have decided where all of the fixtures will go in the kitchen, they now need to be rerouted. This is a job for a plumber who will be able to move around the plumbing throughout the kitchen so it meets your kitchen remodel plan.
You may also want to think about adding shutoffs to your refrigerator, dishwasher and sink to cut off the water going to these appliances when necessary. This gives you more control over the plumbing, and means you can respond to a leak much more easily.
A kitchen remodel is an exciting project that can add huge value to your home. With careful planning, especially when it comes to the plumbing, you can avoid making any frustrating and expensive mistakes. Then you can just look forward to enjoying your brand new kitchen.