Planning a kitchen remodel? Not sure where to start? Champion Plumbing & Drain Cleaning in Canton, GA is your kitchen remodeling expert. We can consult with you on the best path to moving forward with your renovation project.
Kitchen Remodeling Planning
Here are some things you will need to consider before beginning any kitchen remodeling project.
- Am I hiring a contractor, or will I oversee the job?
- Do I need a permit?
- What is the impact of relocating the fixtures?
- Where should we buy the fixtures, materials, appliances?
The kitchen is one of the most used rooms in the home, often the gathering place where important matters are discussed and memorable meals are shared. Remodeling a kitchen is a big job and will have an impact on the comfort, accessibility, aesthetics, and memories of your family for years to come. Champion Plumbing prides itself on the fact that we have helped homeowners achieve their kitchen dreams for over 18 years.
Generally, the styles we have seen take hold over the past few years are open kitchen floor plans with natural lighting and light-colored countertops and cabinets. The fixtures are usually brushed nickel, oil rubbed bronze, or polished chrome. Well made dishwashers that are quiet, insulated disposals with high horsepower, separate cook tops and ovens, and warming drawers have also surged in popularity. Single, pull out faucets with a separate soap dispenser are also popular choices.
When considering the oven or cooktop; The first decision should be the fuel source. If it is gas, will the piping need to be relocated? Is the new range, oven, or cooktop have a higher BTU input? If so, can my existing line deliver the necessary BTU’S.
One of the bigger decisions will be whether to incorporate an island into the kitchen. This is a popular choice and can double your countertop space while providing an optional vegetable sink, under counter ice maker unit, 2nd dishwasher, and especially a great place for a cooktop or oven. Older homes usually lack the square footage necessary to achieve an island being added to the floor plan. They also usually have walls that separate the kitchen from the dining room and/or great room. Usually, with the help of some framing engineering, you can remove the wall between the kitchen and great room, which opens up the floor plan and creates the extra needed square footage.
At the main sink you may want to consider a deeper sink. We prefer 12’’ deep with a strainer grate that can cover one of the bowls. A deep, two compartment sink, farmhouse sink, or cast iron sink can make big differences in appearance. One of the man considerations when deciding on a deeper bowl is to make sure the waste piping that serves the sink is low enough. Otherwise, this will need to be retrofitted before any cabinetry is set.
If you are on a crawlspace or basement this is usually not much of an issue. If you are on a concrete slab, you need to consider the necessary labor to excavate and relocate the piping in the concrete.
One innovation of the past 10 years has been the pneumatic disposal button. This allows it to be deck-mounted on your sink and countertop. Instead of flicking a switch on the wall you push a button on the sink to actuate the disposer. The buttons come in all finishes to match your faucet.
Champion Plumbing recommends that the shut off valve and ice maker line be relocated to under the kitchen sink. In many Kitchen remodels the fridge is built-in to reflect the cabinets and almost impossible to remove in a hurry. In the event of an ice maker line leak it is very convenient to open your cabinet and be able to shut off the water.
Reverse osmosis filtration, instant hot water dispensers, and dishwashers are among the many other possibilities. You will need to plan ahead to make sure the necessary coordination takes place to achieve a stress-free remodel that will come in on time and on budget.
New plumbing codes mandate the addition of water hammer arresters at the dishwasher and ice maker unit to reduce the water pipes from banging.
Champion Plumbing has completed hundreds of kitchen remodeling jobs and would love to help you with yours.
Updating your kitchen is a less expensive option. Champion Plumbing & Drain Cleaning can help you with this.
- Sink and faucet reconnect after new counter tops
- Installing new sinks
- Installing new faucets and plumbing fixtures
- Installing new garbage disposals
- Installing a new dishwasher