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Basic Plumbing Concerns During a Kitchen Remodel

Remodeling a kitchen can transform the look and feel of the entire of home if it is done properly. It is easy for homeowners to get caught up in the excitement of choosing new tiles and finishes, but valid plumbing concerns can often be forgotten or overlooked in the process. While some kitchen remodels are simple and only involve new finishes, others can be more complicated and include relocating sinks and refrigerators, which can require the handling of pipes and plumbing. A professional plumber can advise the homeowner on the best course of action to ensure that their new kitchen not only looks as good as possible but meets all the current code requirements. Depending on local laws, homeowners may be legally required to hire a professional plumber to handle all of their plumbing work.

Some homes, especially older ones that have not been remodeled in a long time, may still have outdated materials. Replacing those pipes and materials with newer versions is a job that may be best left to a professional who is aware of the current legal standards for plumbing materials in a home. Pipes are made of many different materials and which ones to use can be a tricky decision that the average homeowner may not know. A professional will be able to inform the homeowner of any outdated materials or leaks that have gone undetected. Discovering a hidden leak without the assistance of a professional could be problematic and result in a higher cost of repair for the homeowner, as well as delay any remodeling until the plumbing issue is repaired.

When making the decision to remodel a kitchen, rearranging the basic fixtures such as the sink, stove and cabinets can seem like a good idea. Relocating such major kitchen fixtures can actually require serious and involved work that should be left to a professional. Pipes will need to be rerouted and moved completely to accommodate the new location of the sink. If the stove is being moved, the ventilation system will likely need to be adjusted to work with the new location. A professional will be able to ensure that the new kitchen is properly ventilated and meets all local code requirements so that it can pass an inspection.

In almost all renovation situations, plumbing and electrical work must be completed before any of the new finishes are brought in. Hiring a professional plumbing company to handle this will allow the homeowners to start decorating their new kitchen in a short amount of time. Allowing a professional to handle the details of the plumbing work can also allow the homeowner to choose which of those new finishes they want in their new kitchen. If the kitchen is being completely redone, there will be a lot of decisions to make regarding cabinets, counters, and tile work. While a professional deals with the pipes, the homeowner can have fun making the choices that will contribute to the finished product and create a new look for their kitchen.

Since the kitchen is one of the most used rooms in the entire house, it is important that a family likes the style and choices that went into creating the overall look. While remodeling can be exciting and fun, leaving the technical details to the professionals can save homeowners a lot of headaches and trouble. A professional can come in and often alert the homeowner to possible problems that will arise during the process of the remodel. Knowing what to expect and being prepared can make the process go much more smoothly if problems do arise. Once the remodel is finished, it will be easier to enjoy the new kitchen with the knowledge that all of the intricate plumbing work was handled by a professional who had the knowledge and tools to complete the job.

This post comes from Aew, who is hard at work planning her next kitchen renovation. She consulted RTL Plumbing in Brisbane when concerned about any plumbing issues or possible interactions with the plumbing. Aew expects her brisbane home and kitchen to be finished in the first quarter of 2014.

Designing a Kitchen? An Explanation of Common Kitchen Styles

Victorian, Southwestern, Traditional, Modern, Country & Eclectic.  These are 6 of the most commonly referred to “Styles” when it comes to interior design.  But what does each mean?  How do I explain to my Kitchen designer what I am looking for?  In this post, I will break down each of these styles in an easy-to-understand manner.

Victorian

Usually characterized by steeply pitched roofs, pointed-arch windows, elaborate trim along roof edges, high dormers, lancet windows and other Gothic details. Light fixtures range from chandeliers, kerosene and electric lamps to Astra and sconces. Cabinets are usually ‘weathered’ looking and made of heavy, real wood with chrome pulls and knobs.

Southwestern

A lot of detail and craftsmanship. Natural materials such as stucco and hand-painted fabrics are very common, as are wood, quarry tile, ceramic tile, earth tones and vibrant accessories. Colors usually reflect the nature of a desert such as warm oranges, greens, tans and browns. Southwestern kitchens usually incorporate ceramic materials and terra cotta elements.

Traditional

 

Plays up architectural details such as crown molding, raised wood paneling and rich, deep colors to enhance the mood and ‘traditional’ feel. Dark stains, honey tones, semi-opaque paints, wicker baskets and oak cabinets add to the usually more formal feel than country style.

Modern

‘Modern’ styles change from year to year. Most recent designs include sleek, straight and clean lines. Less is more, such as less accessories, visible appliances and details. Common materials Include stainless steel, Marble, granite and ‘frosted’ glass. Basic geometric shapes, colors such as reds, blues, yellow, black and white are prevalent.

Country

Rustic, weathered look creates a warm, cozy feeling in a country style home. Common colors range from muted hues to earth tones. Exposed beams, pine paneling, brick and barn boards are elements used to express this style. Fabrics and patterns are a sure way to create a ‘country’ feeling, as is the use of wallpaper and baskets.

Eclectic

A mix of old and new features combined for a harmonious look. This style is not characterized by a particular color palette, style or material but is a mix of extravagant decorations from numerous eras including hand-me-down, second-hand items and other recyclables. Kitchens and bathrooms range from modern appliances mixed with antique decorations to the complete opposite.

And there you have it!  Kitchen styles explained.  So, which do you prefer?