Kitchen remodels are one of the best projects to increase a home’s resale value — and for a good reason! Think about it: kitchens tend to be the central hub of home life and entertaining. But more often than not, they’re also one of the most expensive home improvement projects and can very quickly drain your wallet.
Have no fear! The kitchen of your dreams is still within reach, and our team of expert plumbers can help you get there.
Before you get started on your kitchen remodel, consider some of our pro tips:
1. Think about functionality.
Before you get started, consider how you’ll actually use your space. Are you an avid cooker? If so, you may need extra storage space for some large kitchen appliances. You’ll also want to keep workflow in mind and hone in on the busiest areas: your sink, stove, and refrigerator — otherwise referred to as the kitchen work triangle. Kitchens that have the work triangle are not only aesthetically pleasing but functional. If these areas are too spread out or all against one wall, it can decrease efficiency.
2. Paint your cabinets.
Ordering new cabinets can increase your remodel costs, not to mention your remodel timeline. So if your cabinets are in decent shape, consider painting them or swapping out the hardware for an affordable DIY solution. Style tip: get the open shelving look by removing some upper cabinet doors!
3. Choose the right lighting.
No single light source can adequately light your kitchen. More often than not, you’ll experience too much light and glare in some areas and shadows everywhere else. Instead, your kitchen should have three levels of illumination: recessed ceiling fixtures for ambient light, under cabinet lighting to light the countertops and backsplash (task lighting), and accent lighting to brighten particular work zones like a sink or island. Money saving tip: buy LED adhesive tape lights to save on task lighting. They’re flexible, can be cut to any length, have various levels of brightness, and can be plugged into any outlet!
4. Install a quality faucet.
Your faucet is one of the hardest working appliances in your kitchen, so splurge for quality here! Luckily, with so many faucets on the market, you’re bound to find one that suits your style and needs. But since this faucet is for your kitchen, after all, you want to make sure it’s the most durable and functional. Single-lever faucets are ideal in the kitchen, allowing you to change temperatures with one hand quickly. You may also want to consider those that include a spray arm to fill pots or rinse your sink.
5. Keep your plumbing where it is.
This may not always be feasible, but if possible, retain your kitchen’s layout. Moving things like your plumbing, electrical, or gas can not only add to your overall budget but also add to your remodel timeline.
6. Consider your hardware.
When it comes to the hardware for your cabinets and drawers, splurge on hinges and glides but save on pulls and knobs. Since you need the mechanical parts to withstand the test of time, you’ll want to make sure you have the most durable solutions. Knobs and pulls, however, can be found at a more affordable price. Skipping out on designer knobs can allow you to put more of your budget elsewhere.
7. Find the right professional.
Enlisting the help of the pros can quickly help you get your remodel done on time and on budget. So when it comes to your kitchen fixture installation, trust Precision Plumbing! We provide residents of DuPage and Kane Counties with installation and replacement services for a full range of kitchen faucets and fixtures.
Chicagoland Kitchen Plumbing Services
Your kitchen contains one of the most often used plumbing systems in your home, so it’s no surprise you count on it to work correctly day in and day out. If you’re considering upgrading your kitchen’s faucets and fixtures, we’re the name to trust. Contact us online or at (630) 280-3221 to schedule your appointment!