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Preparing for Your Kitchen Remodel

Preparing for Your Kitchen Remodel

Frequently Asked Questions About Plumbing & Remodeling

Everyone has their preferences when it comes to what they want their kitchen to look like and how they want it to function. As a result, kitchens are the most frequently remodeled room of the home. When it comes time to remodel, people often move appliances, replace sinks and fixtures, and change the overall layout of their kitchen. This requires a lot of work, and you will likely work with a host of professional contractors, plumbers, electricians, and more.

Transforming your kitchen is exciting, but it is also a big job. Keep reading as we answer some commonly asked questions about plumbing and kitchen remodeling.

How Much Does It Cost to Redo Kitchen Plumbing?

Depending on where you live and the size of your kitchen, the average kitchen remodel can cost anywhere from $20,000-$40,000. It is not uncommon for larger kitchen remodels to cost $50,000-$75,000. New cabinets alone can run you $15,000-$20,000. In fact, the most expensive part of a kitchen remodel is the cabinetry.

Though nowhere near as expensive as new cabinets, remodeling your plumbing can also cost thousands. When planning to remodel your kitchen, you should plan on plumbing costs of anywhere from $5,000-$10,000.

Things that can affect the cost of your plumbing remodel include:

  • Being on a slab foundation
  • Moving or installing new plumbing lines
  • Replacing existing plumbing with new materials
  • Installing or adding new plumbing appliances or fixtures

Because plumbing can quickly increase the cost of your remodel, it's important that you consult with a plumber experienced in kitchen remodels. They will help you plan your remodel so that your needs are met while your budget is adhered to.

Will I Have to Move My Plumbing?

Many people have heard that one of the most expensive aspects of a kitchen remodel is moving plumbing lines. Consequently, this is one of the first questions we are asked when people tell us of their remodeling plans. The answer depends on your current plumbing setup and whether you want to move appliances or install new fixtures in new locations.

If your kitchen has been remodeled before, you may find there are plumbing lines in all of the places where you need them. This means that you won't have to run new lines, saving you money. But if you are changing the layout of your kitchen, you should expect to have to move or run new plumbing lines to accommodate your fixtures and appliances.

What Are the Best Plumbing Materials to Use in a Kitchen?

The type of piping materials you use in your kitchen will depend on the existing pipe that's already there, the size and configuration of your kitchen, your budget, and the different appliances you plan on installing. For example, many people want copper plumbing (often called the gold standard of kitchen plumbing), but PEX piping may be better for a small kitchen or small crawlspaces that needs more flexible piping. Additionally, PEX piping is significantly less expensive than copper and may be a better fit for larger projects.

There is a wide range of piping materials available, including:

  • Copper
  • Galvanized
  • PEX
  • PVC
  • Stainless steel

When planning the plumbing for your new kitchen, you should work with a licensed plumber. Your plumber will be able to guide you in selecting the materials that fit your needs and your budget.

Who Should Install My New Appliances?

Improperly installed appliances can damage both your plumbing system and the appliance itself. It may also cause the appliance to perform poorly or leak, further damaging your home. This can create a big headache, costing you extra money and time. Therefore, you should have a licensed plumber install your new plumbing appliances, such as a dishwasher. Not only will your plumber know how to hook the appliance up to your plumbing system, but they can ensure that it is installed correctly and that your new plumbing and your new appliance aren't damaged in the process. The same can be said for installing new fixtures and sinks.

At Wallner Plumbing Heating & Air, we have helped countless customers remodel their kitchens, and we can help you too. Contact us online to get started. We can't wait to help you bring your vision to life.