Planning your kitchen remodel is a key step. You need to know what utilities you will use and where they should be placed. It will be easier to save time if the new design is the same as the one that you have already done. However, in many cases, some rerouting will still be necessary. If you’re doing a complete remodel, however, you will need to reconsider your utility placement. Your local plumber will be able to assist you if there are any problems with your utility hookups.
The kitchen sink needs to be connected to water supply. It also needs to run hot or cold. A waste pipe is required. Dishwashers require supply and waste pipes. They are often connected to the plumbing of the sink, which is why they can be found right next to one another in the kitchen.
You may need to notify the local building inspector if you wish to change your waste pipes (to move your dishwasher further away).
NATURAL GAS APPLIANCES OR PROPANE APPLIANCES
It is important to determine if any gas lines in your kitchen need to be rerouted or adjusted. You should always check the connections to your new gas appliances. In some cases, you may need to convert the supply pipes.
Our plumbers refer to “electrical appliances” as toasters, microwaves and coffeemakers that require standard outlets higher than the countertop.
You should ensure that you have enough outlets and that they are properly placed. Large appliances might need to be connected with special outlets that can run 220 Volts.
Once your layout is set, including a plan for lighting and other details, you can then plan how to route the electrical wiring. You can do the rewiring yourself if you have the knowledge.
Lighting design is an entire article in itself. You should aim for overall illumination in the room and focused lighting for tasks like dishwashing or food preparation. Ambiance lighting can also be used to entertain in the kitchen. You can install lighting in the ceiling, under and in cabinets, or as part of range hoods.
PLUMBING FOR OUTDOOR KITCHENS
A utility sink is required for an outdoor kitchen. Additional costs may be incurred if you install a hot water pipe, prevent winter pipes freezing, or separate piping to drain the wastewater from your home’s drainage system.
It will be much easier to connect the pipes to an existing home system if you locate your outdoor kitchen near your home. Contact your emergency plumber for assistance with outdoor kitchen plumbing.
HOW TO REDESIGN YOUR KITCHEN
The DIY Network recommends that you renovate your kitchen to maximize efficiency and save money.
- If necessary, route electrical wiring
- If necessary, route plumbing including gas pipes.
- Complete structural work for walls, ceilings, floors
- Install base cabinets and wall cabinets
- Install countertops and backsplash
- Install plumbing fixtures and sinks
- Install stove or separate stove and oven
- Install an exhaust fan