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Kitchen Remodeling Tips

November 06, 2018 Kitchen Remodel

So, you’re ready to remodel the kitchen. Have you picked out your fixtures, flooring, and paint? Have you hired your contractor? Before you start your project, consider these remodeling tips to save time and increase the property value of your home.

Have a plan and design ready.

If you approach a project without a strategy, you could waste valuable time and money. Select a sink that fits the cutout in your counter top, instead of spending extra money for custom installation. Install new flooring underneath cabinets for a clean look, proper sizing, and flexibility for future renovations. Plan for the dishwasher to fit near the sink so it can hook up to the same water line. A deliberate plan and design will save you from many last-minute complications.

Hire a professional plumber and contractors.

Know your laws! Depending on local state or city codes, owners must obtain a building permit before remodeling, and their home must pass inspection before it can be sold. Keeping track of building codes and city ordinances may feel overwhelming, so hire professional plumbers and contractors who know your local codes and make upgrades or repairs correctly the first time.  If you are remodeling an older kitchen, your plumber should replace any galvanized pipes with copper, CPVC, or PEX. Galvanized steel corrodes with age and will continue to cause leaks.

Choose durable and eco-friendly fixtures.

Buying fixtures that have the lowest price tag may seem economical. However, investing in durable and efficient appliances and fixtures can save you money, particularly because eco-friendly standards have become more common and affordable in newer models. This doesn’t mean you need all new designer fixtures. Instead, try to compromise with mid-priced options or splurge on the few products that benefit you most. In many cases, the cheapest options don’t last as long and can end up looking worn or deteriorated.

Upgrades worth splurging on:

  • Quartz Countertops
    Stone is beautiful, but granite and marble require maintenance. Quartz lasts a lifetime and is non-porous, making cleanup easy.
  • Soft-Close Cabinets and Drawers
    This design allows cabinets and drawers to close safely and quietly, an added value for families with kids. It also reduces stress on hardware and increases the life of cabinets.
  • Two Sinks
    Install an additional sink. But don’t mistake two sinks for a double sink. Double sink models have a divide that reduces the volume on each side. With two individual sinks, multiple people can cook in the kitchen without having to wait to access a faucet or a drain. Designate one sink for food prep, and the other for cleanup.

You can trust the plumbing experts at Hanson’s Plumbing & Heating to help with design and installation of your kitchen remodel. We also offer financing options to ease any cost burdens. Whether you need a new sink, faucet, garbage disposal, or a whole new kitchen, count on us!

Contact Hanson’s Plumbing & Heating to learn more about our kitchen renovation projects.

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