by Margo Waldrop
A. Plumbing is a crucial aspect of a kitchen or bath remodel. Keeping your pipes up to date with your new appliances helps maintain the quality of your remodel. Also, updating your old pipes may be wise if there is corrosion or consistent leaks beneath your sinks or behind your refrigerator.
And while plumbing does up your price tag, it is the foundation for a proper remodel. Especially if new appliances are being installed.
Fortunately, a lot of the time, you can use your existing plumbing pipes and locations. Bathrooms are easy to design around existing plumbing work, such as toilets, sinks and tubs. If you are doing an actual structural remodel, then reworking the pipes may be needed. Oftentimes during a bathroom remodel, reconfiguring the way the tub and sinks are situated is an important component of the design. If your family of five doesn’t work well within a 4 X 6 bathroom, then expanding that space is very important. This makes adjusting your pipe outlets well worth the time and expense.
Kitchen remodels are more forgiving. Oftentimes a new kitchen design can easily be constructed around existing plumbing outlets. If you can save that time and money by keeping your sink and refrigerator in the same spot, then do it. It will only take a little imagination on your designer’s part to maintain the functionality of your new kitchen. This allows you to put your money toward needed upgrades such as a new sink, plumbing fixtures and dishwasher.
Optimizing your remodel budget doesn’t take a genius, but it does take thoughtful planning and prioritizing. If you can adjust your design to accommodate the current location of your pipes, then by all means, save that money and put it where it is needed. If you can’t, no worries. In the end, you will be grateful that your new kitchen or bath fits the needs of your family.