Renovations are en vogue now thanks to TV programs like The Block and House Rules. In fact, it’s estimated that Australians are on track to spend $8.8 billion over the next 5 years improving their homes.
And surprise surprise, kitchens are one of the most popular targets for renovation.
While TV might make renovating look like something anybody can do, in the real world kitchen renovation takes a lot of work and meticulous planning.
Are you planning on joining the growing number of homeowners with a kitchen renovation in the near future? If so, you’ll need to pay particularly close attention to your kitchen plumbing.
Our Melbourne plumber explains…
1) Check the plumbing layout
If you want to save time and money on your kitchen renovation, consider starting with the existing plumbing layout before drawing up your plans.
If possible, we recommend salvaging as much of your existing plumbing as you can. This can dramatically reduce the need to rip up floors and install new pipes.
Needless to say, this can speed up the job and can help you keep your budget in check.
What this means is getting new sinks and dishwashers installed in the same position or as close as possible to their current location.
Does your plan call for things to be moved around? Talk to a kitchen plumber for advice on how much of your existing plumbing can be repurposed.
2) Keep your plumbing in the same area
If you ask this particular kitchen plumber, there are certain plumbing fixtures that should never be separated under any circumstances.
For example, the dishwasher should always be installed next to the kitchen sink, preferably underneath the drainer.
Why? Simply put, because it means your drainage pipe can double up, draining both your sink and your washing machine. That means there’s no need to run new pipes from your washer to your drain.
Just like reusing old plumbing, this can reduce your renovation bill by a considerable amount!
3) Consider functionality – and don’t be blinded by design
You’ve spent countless hours on Pinterest admiring what other people have done with their kitchens. They all look fantastic, and you might even have pinched a few ideas from them.
But have you thought about how your design ideas affect how you’ll use your kitchen?
Your kitchen isn’t just there to look pretty – it’s also where all your meals are prepared. Naturally, you’ll want a kitchen space that works!
Measure out your kitchen and get a feel for distances.
If possible, you might want to experiment with cardboard boxes or pieces of furniture to test things like how easy it is to move around and whether appliances are situated relative to one another.
4) Get your pipes checked
Many renovators get tunnel vision and only focus on the big-ticket items on their renovation list. New appliances, a new kitchen bench, a new sink… but the one thing many seem to overlook?
Your pipes aren’t invincible. Over time, they can wear-out – you don’t want your brand new sink delivering rusted water, or a burst pipe stopping you from using your kitchen at all!
Periodic maintenance is needed to make sure your pipes continue to deliver clean water to your kitchen. After all, without water your kitchen sink isn’t much more than a glorified storage bin.
The moral of this story? Get your pipes checked out – organise a free plumbing inspection report with your local plumber before commencing work.
5) Leave it to a professional kitchen plumber
Plumbing isn’t something you should try to do on your own – if you ask us, it’s something that should be left to the professionals.
Like we’ve mentioned above, you should have a kitchen plumber on speed-dial if you’re planning a kitchen renovation.
For starters, DIY plumbing is generally not advisable – what if you make a mistake, or run foul of building codes?
In addition to ensuring all your kitchen renovation plumbing is carried out safely and built to last, a kitchen plumber can also give you advice on how to bring costs back under control.
For example, we might go over your plans and shift things around to help simplify the plumbing and therefore minimise costs. We can also suggest efficient water systems that reduce your water bills once everything’s said and done.
Not to mention, if you’re planning a substantial renovation of your kitchen with new benches and appliances moving around, you’re required by law to have a licensed plumber on your side.
Considering a kitchen renovation soon?
Get in touch with Watermaster’s Melbourne plumbers
Get on the right track with your kitchen renovation by calling Watermaster Plumbing.
With 20 years of experience under our belt, Watermaster Plumbing has a proven track record. Our portfolio of successful jobs includes:
- Restaurants & cafes
- Dental practices
- Apartment locks
- Private homes
It even includes Melbourne icons like Eureka Tower and Skydeck, as well as Melbourne’s iconic Tramcar Restaurant.
Whether you’re planning on something big like a total overhaul or a small change like a new sink, get in touch with our team of kitchen plumbers today.