5 Creative Kitchen Remodels
Your kitchen is one of the most important spaces in your home. It can be a central hub where people gather to eat, chat, and commiserate. The way this space looks and feels can make a big difference. Thankfully, there are a plethora of simple projects homeowners can tackle that will make a huge difference and add value to a home in the long run. As you tackle these projects, keep in mind that plumbing is at the core of almost every kitchen or bathroom remodel. Your home’s pipework can play a large role in your project, so trust the professional plumbers at Ben Franklin Plumbing you’re your plumbing renovations.
Under Cabinet Lighting
One of the most effective ways to brighten up your kitchen is by adding under-cabinet lighting. This is a relatively inexpensive and easy installation that makes a world of a difference. Functional lighting is essential in any kitchen, but accent lighting makes a kitchen feel more welcoming and cozy. There are a variety of options available, including fluorescent, halogen, incandescent, and LED lights, to name a few. Additionally, consider installing a dimmer to maximize efficiency of your under-cabinet light fixture and add variety to the light intensity throughout the space. Function and style await!
Upgrading your kitchen appliances is a great opportunity to add new color and texture while saving money in the long run through energy efficiency. Buying new appliances can also raise the value of your home. Look for a means to bring the functionality, quality and aesthetic you want without breaking the bank. When adding new appliances, make sure you do two key things. First, measure the existing appliances and determine the size of appliances that can fit into the existing space. Additionally, review your existing plumbing, gas and electrical connections. These connections need to be compatible with any new appliances you select. At this point, it is best to call the professionals for help installing your new appliances. Don’t hesitate to contact Ben Franklin Plumbing for assistance.
Upgrading your cabinets can dramatically improve your kitchen’s atmosphere. Rather than investing in an entirely new cabinet system, which can be pricey, consider updating the existing cabinets with a fresh coat of paint. Painting your cabinets adds personality to your kitchen and is also one of the quickest, most budget-friendly updates you can make. The finished product can completely change the overall look and feel of the space. Keep in mind that if you want professional results, it is all about the prep work. First, sand the cabinets, apply the primer, sand again and make sure they’re completely clean before applying two coats of paint.
Upgrading the hardware on your cabinets is a simple way to add pizazz to your kitchen. Hardware to fit any price point and look can be found at your local hardware store. Work to create a cohesive and central look with a mix of knobs and pulls in the same style family. Hardware nowadays is not solely functional. It can be an expression of creativity and anything goes—from traditional to whimsical to modern. Don’t be afraid to try your hand at a variety of looks to determine which best fits with the overall feel of your kitchen.
Upgrade Sink & Faucet
While your kitchen can be the heart and hub of your home, the sink handles a majority of the daily chores. Ranging from food prep to post-meal clean-up, the sink gets hit with a heavy amount of use. As such, it is understandable that an outdated and banged up kitchen sink can diminish the overall appearance and quality of the kitchen. Upgrading your sink and the faucet will give your kitchen a greater degree of functionality, style and overall elegance.
Keep in mind that updating your sink and faucet is an investment and you will be living with your new sink for a long time—choose wisely. A well-made sink will last a long time and maintain its look. No matter the style you choose, don’t hesitate to call the experts at Ben Franklin Plumbing to help with the installation process. We would love to hear your feedback on kitchen remodel projects you’ve tackled—feel free to drop a comment below. Don’t hesitate to call our team if the project becomes too big for you to handle on your own. We are available 24/7, 365 days a year for emergency plumbing, drain cleaning, pipe repair and installation.
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