Home remodeling is more popular than ever, with kitchen renovations experiencing a 40% jump in demand over the last year, CNBC reports. Renovating your kitchen is an effective way to add functionality and value to your home while making it a more enjoyable space to live in. Renovating can, however, feel like a daunting task. By addressing key practical considerations, you can ensure that you avoid problems and make your renovation a success.
Take care of your water
It’s important to take care of your plumbing and water quality during your kitchen remodel. In particular, make sure all aspects of the water pipe that comes into contact with water are in good working condition — particularly if you’re remodeling in winter, which can damage the water supply system.
For example, check your water pipes, faucets, kitchen tubing, and water heaters for any leakages. Additionally, it’s important to improve and maintain your water quality, since contaminated water can be harmful to health, and tap water isn’t always clean. Simply regularly cleaning your faucet aerators can eliminate the build-up of grime, metals, and sediment, and ensure healthy water.
Do electrical work according to code
If you feel comfortable, you have the option of doing your own electrical work. However, you’ll have to ensure that you’re up-to-date with the electrical code requirements. Since the kitchen is home to numerous appliances, you’ll find you need to have around seven or eight different circuits (unlike other rooms like your bedroom or living room, which are okay with just one general-purpose lighting circuit).
For example, a common electrical code violation is the failure to install enough power outlets along a single counter. Electrical outlets must be no more than 48 inches apart from each other, so make sure no point on the countertop is over 24 inches from a receptacle.
Pay attention to ventilation
If you’re relocating your cooktop, ventilation should be a key consideration. While most building codes won’t need the range hood to be vented outside, it’s still recommended to keep your air clean and healthy. Ideally, you should also keep duct runs as straight and short as possible for optimal effectiveness.
All successful kitchen remodels require careful planning to help avoid running into unexpected problems. By taking care of your water and plumbing system, doing electrical work according to code, and paying attention to ventilation, you can ensure your kitchen renovation project goes off without a hitch.