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.