San Diego Plumbing Contractors on Top 5 Kitchen Remodel Questions
Remodeling’s 2014 “Cost versus Value Report” tells us that the midrange kitchen remodel recouped 74.2% of its value that year. The cost of the remodel was $54,909 and it added $40,732 to the price of the home. But San Diego homeowners remodel their kitchens for more than the resale value. Often home enjoyment matters more than a long-term financial goal. Here we answer the top questions about the kitchen remodel process so you can make the best decisions. Anyone needing should perform adequate research to get the most for their money.
1. How do we even start a kitchen remodel?
Often, a whole kitchen remodel starts with a simple desire to change out the stove or refrigerator and grows from there. We suggest instead that you make a drawing of your kitchen in pencil and make one copy of it. Take measurements of your space and even the space you are considering your remodeled kitchen will expand into. Take your drawings to the home supply stores, the appliance stores and the semi-custom cabinetry stores. Find your central pieces, those you cannot live without, if you do not have them already. Draw them into your plans. At this point, get help from a like Perry Plumbing Heating & Air to make the plans for gas line and pipe installation. Call other contractors like kitchen remodelers and tile specialists, too.
2. Which sink material lasts the longest and provides highest resale value?
While economical, solid surface material sinks made of the same material as the countertops and acrylic sinks are both made of plastic and can scratch and fade over time. Abrasive cleaners, knives and other sharp implements can leave marks. Enamel baked onto steel sinks chip easily. Stainless steel sinks last longer, but their sheen fades with time. The cast iron sink lasts the longest and provides the best return.
3. Which is the better deal: cabinets from Lowe’s or Home Depot or custom?
While Perry Plumbing Heating & Air specializes in the plumbing designs that make the kitchen function perfectly, we have seen our share of cabinetry go in. While the large chain stores have great options, their quality is not at the top. A custom cabinet-maker puts so much love and quality into the cabinets, the labor costs alone can break the bank. We like the quality semi-custom cabinet manufacturers like Kahles and Hanssem because it combines quality materials with laborers who have installed the pieces before. More, it fits into unique kitchen layouts without looking shimmied in.
4. What layout will make my kitchen the most functional?
Designers encourage those remodeling their kitchens to keep the kitchen “work triangle” in mind. While cooks ping-pong from stove to counter to sink without much thought, keeping these areas adjacent to each other makes meal prep that much easier. A pull out faucet, cutting board between refrigerator and sink and a refrigerator that opens towards the counters all streamline the workspace.
5. Do I need a kitchen island?
Where once it served only as a preparation space, now the kitchen island provides storage and even acts as the breakfast bar. If space allows, a kitchen island brings the party into the heart of the home.
Get the A+ Rated Kitchen Remodel Plumbing Design that Keeps Your Project on Track
San Diego plumbers for over four decades, Perry Plumbing Heating & Air has helped get new kitchens into single family homes, multi-family apartment buildings and even offices. We know how to work with the local contractors to keep the hassle to a minimum. We offer that get your project started. Feel free to call us at 619-472-2112 or . Our Better Business Bureau A+ rating and our Google Plus four- and five-star ratings attest to the conscientious work we do!