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DON’T FORGET THE FUNDAMENTALS OF KITCHEN REMODELING

DON’T FORGET THE FUNDAMENTALS OF KITCHEN REMODELING

Basics First

For most people, the look and design of a new kitchen is far more interesting to think about than the plumbing, ventilation and electrics. But it is essential to make sure that these are all in good shape and can support any extra load before finalizing a design.

ELECTRICS

In our increasingly digital world, we have so many devices that require power and plugging in. In my opinion, you really can’t have too many electrical outlets. Before you start any home improvement project, assess how many outlets you have presently and how many additional ones you think you will need. Take into consideration any additional or larger appliances that you may be adding such as a 6 burner professional level range.. Then have a qualified electrical contractor look at your service panel. He will be able to determine whether your current wiring is adequate for your renovation project.

We considered putting a hot tub in our present home but were told we could only do this if we seriously upgraded our wiring. In the end, we passed on the idea.

LIGHTING

Linked with electrics is your lighting. Consider what you have now and in which ways you want it improved. Make sure you have clear task lighting in your work areas or you will be forever irritated if you can’t see what you are doing.  Consider counter lighting, spots and dimmers so you can also create ambience, particularly if your kitchen is open plan. Consult with a Pasadena lighting contractor to make sure your service panel can support your ideas.

PLUMBING

I have experienced so many leaks in the different houses we have owned, both big and small (leaks that is) that I urge you to check your plumbing before you install a shiny new dishwasher and fabulous Tuscan bronze faucets. Water has a mind of its own and is unstoppable if it finds a hole. Don’t risk a flood on your brand new kitchen floor, particularly if you decide on hardwood.

VENTILATION

Make sure you have adequate and effective ventilation in your kitchen. Talk to your Pasadena kitchen contractor or consult with a ventilation expert or HVAC contractor if you feel you may have problems in your space.

Our kitchen is part of a great room. We have no hood over our stove since we decided it would look too intrusive. For once we did it right and consulted with an expert beforehand before going blindly ahead. We have had no ventilation problems.

By Jane Noble