Planning a Kitchen or Bathroom Renovation? Call A Qualified Plumber First!
At O’Brien Plumbing Maroochydore, our expert plumbers can help bring your dream kitchen or bathroom renovation to life.
It’s one thing to get excited about the design and aesthetics of your new plans for renovating your kitchen or bathroom, but if your kitchen and bathroom have poorly planned plumbing systems, your design won’t be functional.
Working closely with qualified plumbers who can ensure your plumbing systems are up-to-code will help you achieve your goals in your newly renovated space.
To discuss your bathroom or kitchen renovations, talk to our friendly team to organise a quote today. Get in touch with us online or call us during our regular business hours.
Our Tips For Planning Bathroom & Kitchen Renovations
Focus on function
When most people start designing their bathrooms and kitchens, they think more about style and their budget and forget about the practicality and functional parts. The first thing to think about in a kitchen is how you’ll cook, clean and prepare food. While appearance is important, there are some practical questions to ask:
- Will you need a new dishwasher and is the dishwasher close to the sink?
- Is the sink the main sink for preparing food?
- Do you need a double sink or a large basin sink for your size of kitchen?
- Do you need double taps or filtered water taps?
- Is the layout of the sink in the right space for food preparation?
Preparing food in a kitchen is the most significant thing your kitchen will be used for, so you’ll want to make sure these decisions work with your overall plans.
In a bathroom, you also need to consider how you use it with space considerations.
- Will there be double or single basins?
- Is the size sufficient for the type of shower/ bath?
- What kind of taps and fittings are appropriate for your size?
- Are you considering a new toilet?
- What type of shower head to install?
- Do you want to install a water-efficient shower head or other water-efficient appliances?
Do you need new pipes?
If you’re building a new home, your plumber will be able to install all new pipes, but often people don’t think about upgrading the pipes if they are renovating an older house.
Especially if you’re renovating a house from the 1950s or 60s eras, your plumber will most likely recommend replacing old pipes and connections to reduce sediment build-up and leaks occurring in the near future.
Water pressure will be better with new pipes and installing with new copper, and plastic piping will endure the lifespan of your pipes for the future.
Choose the sinks early
Whether your choosing sinks for your bathroom or kitchen, plumbers always recommend choosing this early as most people underestimate the size, they need for the bench space they choose.
The last thing you want to be doing is remodelling cabinets and benchtops because you haven’t thought this part through first.
Questions to consider:
- How big do you need a sink, and how will it look on your chosen bench?
- Do you need to rethink the size of the bench space if you want dual sinks or a large sink?
- How do you want the plumbing laid out and taps to look on your bench space?
- Will the pipes reach the sink properly in the existing plan?
Avoid future plumbing maintenance issues by thinking ahead
A plumber can inspect all the pipes and taps and give you a breakdown of what should be replaced now to avoid later maintenance problems arising.
Often people only consider the new shiny taps on the bench but forget about the older copper taps under the benches for example.
Shower drainage and piping can also cause problems if not considered as replacement priorities before new tiles are laid.
A plumber can also check for any leaks and do hot water system repairs, drain cleaning and any gas plumbing that is required.
A plumber also has a lot of experience with new and old styles of taps so that they can give their opinions on the functionality of some more contemporary styles.
If you are opting for hob mounted taps in your bathroom, you’ll need to consider a basin with a tap landing (a wide strip at the top of the sink the place where the tap is attached to the unit).
Otherwise, you may need to choose taps that can be fitted to the surface of the benchtop itself.
If you opt for a wall top assembly, the taps are mounted to the wall, not the bench. These are increasingly popular as they allow more bench space and are easy to clean, but you’ll need different plumbing considerations.
Talk To Us About Your Next Bathroom & Kitchen Renovation
If you’re looking for plumbers on the Sunshine Coast to help you out with your kitchen or bathroom renovations call O’Brien’s Plumbing Maroochydore today.
Our expert plumbers will be able to help you with the planning stages of your renovations, so your renovated space is both functional as well as stunning to look at!
Contact us online or call us today to discuss options and quotes.
What is the process for a plumbing renovation project?
The process for a plumbing renovation project typically involves the following steps:
- Initial consultation: The plumbing team will discuss your renovation plans, goals and budget to understand your requirements.
- Site assessment: The team will inspect the existing plumbing system to identify any potential issues and determine the best solutions for your project.
- Design and planning: Based on your requirements and the site assessment, the plumbing team will create a tailored plan and design for your renovation project.
- Quotation: The team will provide a detailed quote that outlines the scope of work, materials and estimated costs for the project.
- Project execution: Once you approve the quote, the team will schedule the work and begin the renovation process. This may include pipe rerouting, fixture installation or system upgrades, among other tasks.
- Quality assurance and testing: After the renovation is complete, the team will test the new plumbing system to ensure it is functioning correctly and meets all relevant safety and quality standards.
- Final walkthrough: The plumbing team will review the completed project with you, addressing any concerns or questions you may have.
How long does a plumbing renovation typically take to complete?
The duration of a plumbing renovation project can vary widely depending on factors such as the project’s size, complexity and the availability of materials and labour. Small-scale renovations may take just a few days to complete, while more extensive projects could last several weeks or even months. It’s essential to discuss the expected timeline with your plumbing team to ensure the project aligns with your schedule.
Do you offer 24/7 emergency plumbing services during renovation projects?
Yes, we offer 24/7 emergency plumbing services during renovation projects. We understand that unexpected issues can arise at any time, and we’re readily available to address urgent concerns promptly and efficiently. This ensures minimal disruptions to your renovation schedule and provides you with the peace of mind that any emergencies will be handled professionally and effectively.
Do you provide free estimates for plumbing renovation projects?
Yes, we free estimates for plumbing renovation projects. During the initial consultation, the plumbing team will discuss your project requirements, assess the site and provide a detailed quote outlining the scope of work, materials and estimated costs. This allows you to make an informed decision and budget appropriately for your renovation project.
Do I need a permit for my plumbing renovation project?
Depending on the scope and complexity of your plumbing renovation project, you may require a permit from your local authorities. Permits are often necessary for significant changes to the plumbing system, such as altering pipe layouts, installing new fixtures or connecting to the municipal sewer system. We’ll guide you through the permit process and help you obtain the necessary approvals.
How do I choose the right fixtures and materials for my plumbing renovation?
Selecting the appropriate fixtures and materials for your plumbing renovation is crucial for both aesthetics and functionality. It’s essential to consider factors such as durability, water efficiency and ease of maintenance when choosing your fixtures. We can provide recommendations based on your preferences, budget and the specific requirements of your project.
Can you help with the design and layout of my plumbing renovation?
Yes, our team can assist with the design and layout of your plumbing renovation project. We can provide valuable insights into optimising your space, improving water efficiency and selecting fixtures that suit your needs and preferences.
Will my water supply be interrupted during the plumbing renovation?
There may be temporary disruptions to your water supply during the renovation process, particularly when installing new pipes or fixtures. We’ll work to minimise any inconvenience and will notify you in advance of any planned interruptions.
Can you upgrade my plumbing system to be more water-efficient?
Yes, a plumbing renovation is an excellent opportunity to improve your home’s water efficiency. We can recommend water-saving fixtures and appliances, such as low-flow faucets, dual-flush toilets and high-efficiency showerheads. These upgrades can help reduce your water consumption and lower your utility bills.
How do I maintain my new plumbing system after the renovation is complete?
Proper maintenance is essential for ensuring the longevity and performance of your new plumbing system. We can provide guidance on routine maintenance tasks, such as cleaning drains, inspecting pipes for leaks and regularly checking fixtures for wear and tear. By following their recommendations, you can help prevent issues and prolong the life of your plumbing system.
What should I do if I encounter a problem with my plumbing after the renovation is complete?
If you experience any issues with your plumbing system after the renovation, it’s essential to contact us promptly. We can assess the problem, determine the cause and provide the necessary repairs to ensure your system continues to function correctly.