When it comes to getting the biggest bang for your home renovation buck, a well-planned kitchen remodeling project is the way to go. Done correctly, it can add more value to your home should you choose to sell in the future and provide a massive quality of life upgrade while you live in your home. Some of the easiest and most impactful upgrades you can make are plumbing fixtures and improvements.
Read on to learn more about the top 5 plumbing upgrades you should leave room for in your kitchen remodeling budget.
- Water Filters – Tap water can have unpleasant odors and tastes, but bottled water is expensive and hard on the environment. Water filters are a cost-conscious choice for your kitchen remodeling project because there is a wide range available for installation. Filtration systems can range from those intended for a single faucet to one for an entire home, so you’re sure to find an option in your budget.
- Add a Garbage Disposal – While there are some materials you’ll want to avoid stuffing down a garbage disposal, there’s no denying that they make life much easier in many situations. However, the modules don’t last forever, so you should definitely consider upgrading an existing one or installing a brand-new one if there’s not one in place already.
- Pot-Filler Faucets – Want to have that high-end look you see in magazines and chefs’ home kitchens? Pot-filler faucets offer a major convenience boost along with the trappings of luxury but don’t have to break the bank. There’s a reason pot fillers are a go-to addition to home renovation shows: they’re functional and make a major style statement.
- Dishwasher – If you have a dishwasher in place, it’s relatively easy to switch it out for a newer, sleeker model with all the bells and whistles. If not, adding one will immediately and significantly impact a kitchen remodeling project and the value of your home. These days, no one wants to buy a house without modern amenities, especially a dishwasher. As part of an overall appliance package overhaul, a dishwasher can also tie thematic and styling elements together for a fresh and seamless look.
- Kitchen Sink – Forget about the phrase “everything but the kitchen sink,” and upgrade the kitchen sink! A rare combination of utility and style, a new sink can set the scene for your entire kitchen while making life easier. Happy with the sink you have, but wish you had a separate area for food prep? Consider springing for a new island sink, which can transform your workspace into something much more practical and functional while providing a huge “wow” factor.
- Pipe Upgrades – While it’s not technically easy, replacing some or all of your kitchen piping may be one of the smartest investments you can make. It’s also much easier and cheaper than dealing with a broken pipe due to aging polybutylene piping, which was popular between the 1970s and 1990s. Even older houses may have lead pipes, which can present a very real health and safety risk for the entire household. If you’re considering a to-the-studs remodel of your kitchen, then upgrading your pipes may be something to consider depending on the age of your home and the last time they were upgraded.
Kitchen remodeling is a big job, but one that’s worth it in terms of livability and maintaining property value. Even relatively easy jobs call for expert knowledge, so it’s best to call in the professionals for major installations and upgrades. The pros at Maxwell Plumbing are standing by to help you get the most for your money during a kitchen remodeling project of any size or scope.