If you’re about to begin a remodeling project in your home, you are probably experiencing a roller coaster of emotions — excitement, apprehension, stress, worry, and anticipation to name a few. As you navigate the ups and downs, your overwhelming feeling will probably be your eagerness to be finished with the work and finally be able to enjoy the finished product.
Bathroom and kitchen remodels present a specific challenge that you won’t find in other areas of the house—plumbing. We put together a list of some things to remember as you begin your kitchen or bathroom remodeling repairs:
- First and foremost, have a plumber come check out your setup. You don’t want to plan your entire kitchen or bathroom layout only to find out that it your sewer/water hookups would not work in that specific place. A professional can also help you to know where you can begin with your remodeling repairs so that you don’t hit pipes during the demolition process and cause water damage.
- If you are already investing in large scale remodeling repairs, consider going a little bit further and doing a full upgrade to your kitchen or bathroom. Gut the entire area and get down to the base structures so that you can find and address any hidden problems there may be (such as water damage, corroded pipes, or structural issues in the framing). This will increase the value of your home and give you peace of mind that your investment will be protected.
- Plan for your plumbing fixtures. If you want specialized items—from a bidet in the bathroom to a prep sink in the kitchen—you’ll need to have plumbing connections for them.
- Include proper ventilation in your plans. Kitchens and bathrooms both benefit from an additional ventilation fan. Making sure to take measures to ventilate properly as it will help you prevent damage to the room over time.