At Boydco Plumbing, we work with many customers who are doing kitchen remodeling and need help finishing the job. We get it — there’s plumbing to add and re-route, gas lines to accommodate, and fixtures to hook up, and a few weeks into the project, it can suddenly be a lot to handle.
Fortunately we’ve seen enough remodels to know our way around one, so we’ve assembled some of our best tips for giving your kitchen the facelift it’s always dreamed of.
1. Use the same kind of pipe
ABS, the black piping, and PVC, the white piping, are a different material and expand and shrink at different rates. It’s generally best to stick with just one kind of pipe for your plumbing, but if you do need to mix the two, go with a mechanical connector instead of glue. This will cut down on your likelihood of developing a leak somewhere.
2. Keep it together
Ever wondered why the sink and dishwasher are almost always next to each other? It’s not just because it makes for easy washing up. The waste drains for dishwashers and kitchen sinks are usually connected, so it’s easier to route your plumbing if you pair these two beside each other.
3. Plan ahead
Think about how you use your kitchen before you start ripping out cabinets. If you’re someone who needs coffee the minute they wake up, you might want the coffee pot as close to the kitchen door as possible. You’ll need an outlet there as well to plug in the machine, and you’ll want someplace to store cups, filters and other coffee necessities. If you use the microwave for a lot of your meals, you’ll want it at a convenient height. You’ll also want to take note of where the microwave door will be when opened so that it’s not blocking a vital walkway.
4. Choose your fixtures
When picking out kitchen fixtures, consider not only the aesthetics, but also the function. If you frequently cook in large batches, consider buying a fixture that incorporates a hose so that you can easily fill pots on the countertop. You might also install a swing-out tap near your cooking surface to fill pots on the stove. Consider which your plumbing best allows for.
5. Get wired
One of the most common complaints about kitchens is the shortage of outlets. Between microwaves, coffee pots, toasters, waffle irons, mixers, and cell phones, appliances are constantly vying for plugs. When remodeling your kitchen, install more outlets in the backsplash than you think necessary. At some point, they’ll probably still be all in use.
6. Light it up
There’s nothing worse than a dim kitchen. If you’re considering remodeling, take note of the current lighting. Are they adequate now? Will they provide enough light in a larger kitchen? Which areas of your workspace would you like to be brighter? A quick fix is to repaint in a lighter color and add small lights beneath cabinets, but for a larger scale project, you may need to consider rewiring your kitchen.
7. Consider your skillset
Some remodeling you may be able and qualified to do yourself, but other tasks may require a professional. If you’re already an electrician, then you probably don’t need to hire one to redo your kitchen. You may, however, need to hire a cabinetry company or a flooring installer, and you’ll probably need a professional to help change out your gas appliances. It all comes down to what you have the skills to do yourself.
8. Call a professional
If you don’t feel comfortable remodeling your kitchen yourself, call someone who does. Plumbers, electricians, and general contractors all frequently do the type of work required in a kitchen remodel, and most will provide a free estimate upon looking at your design plans.
For more remodeling tips or for help giving your kitchen a makeover, give Boydco Plumbing a call at 602-335-0323.