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Welcome to the PlumberSurplus.com Complete Kitchen Remodeling Guide! The goal of this guide is to educate our customers on the all of the options that are available to them, provide inspiration, and present some direction in the installation process. The topics within this guide include:
Budgeting for your Remodel
The most Effective Kitchen Layouts
Choosing a Kitchen Sink
Installing a Kitchen Sink
Choosing a Kitchen Faucet
Installing a New Faucet
Budgeting for your Remodel
The best place to start a kitchen remodel is to budget. In the budgeting process, you will decide what are the most important pieces in your kitchen to update. Whether it it updating a faucet or upgrading a kitchen sink, you 'll know what to focus on and roughly how much it will cost.
Write down your maximum spending goals and stick to them as much as possible. Also try to factor a portion of your budget for the unexpected. With any remodel, there are bound to be some expenses that you didn't plan for.
The most effective Kitchen Layouts
Sometimes the biggest change that you can make to your kitchen is the overall layout. Whether you are working with a mini kitchen or a large family style kitchen, you will need to make sure that you will be able to move around within it quickly and efficiently. There are four basic types of kitchen layouts: U-shape, L-shape, and Corridor kitchens, and various combinations of each.
One of the easiest ways to visualize this space is using a triangle - the Kitchen Work Triangle! The kitchen work triangle is a way to measure the distance between the refrigerator, the stove, and the sink. the lines in the triangle usually represent the highest routes of traffic in the kitchen and focus on activities like cooking and clean up. Determining the ability to move around within your kitchen easily and effectively is important. If the distances are too close together the kitchen will feek crowded and difficult to work in. If these areas are too far apart all important kitchen tasks will feel inefficient.
The most popular kitchen layouts are listed below for your convenience. Rememeber, no one layout is exactly right for your space and has much more to do with personal preference!
Choosing a Kitchen Sink
The kitchen sink, along with the kitchen faucet, is usually the centerpiece of today's kitchen. Available in a variety of finishes, materials, and colors, sinks always include a drain to remove used water; this drain may itself include a strainer and/or shut-off device and an overflow-prevention device. When designing a kitchen, the sink may not be the first design consideration. However, the kitchen sink is one of the most used fixtures in a home and with so many design options it’s important to consider the form and function that the sink will provide. There is really no standard sink size. When you are replacing a kitchen sink, you will want to measure your current sink very carefully to make sure the one you are selecting will fit.
The most important things to think about when shopping for a kitchen sink are the mounting, material and number of bowls..
Kitchen Sink Mounting options
sit in sink-shaped holes roughly cut in the countertop using a saw. The rim then covers the entire cut area, forming a tight seal with the countertop.
Under-mount (sometimes known as bottom-mount) sinks are installed below the countertop. The edge of the countertop material is exposed at the hole created for the sink (and so must be a carefully finished edge rather than a rough cut). The sink is then clamped to the bottom of the material from below. Especially for under-mount sinks, silicone-based sealants are usually used to assure a waterproof joint between the sink and the countertop material. The advantage of an "under-mount" sink is that it gives a contemporary look to the kitchen.
Apron Sinks, sometimes called a farmer's sink or farm-style sink because they cater to the popularity of country decor in the kitchen, are deep sinks that have a finished front apron. Set onto a countertop, the finished front apron of the sink remains exposed. This style of sink requires very little "reach-over" to access the sink.
Kitchen sinks come in a huge variety of different materials. These include:
Porcelain or Enamel over Cast Iron
Stainless Steel is most often utilized in commercial kitchens and commercial applications because it is usually low cost while being very durable. One huge drawback to using a stainless steel sink is that it can be rather noisy than sinks made of other materials. To discourage noise, sometimes sinks are available with a layer of noise-cancelling material.
Porcelain over cast iron is one of the most popular materials for kitchen sinks. This material is a good choice because of the fact that the sinks are usually available in a wide range of colors. While usually being durable, porcelain is still glass, and can be damaged with force/ sharp objects. An alternative, enamel over cast iron looks very similar, is cheaper to purchase, but can be is justA as vunrable to damage.
Solid granite kitchen sinks are the go-to option if you are looking for the most durable material in a sink. Granite is stain resistant and easy to keep clean.
What Form and Function are you looking for?
Kitchen sinks are available in many different configurations. From simple single bowl sinks to triple bowl sinks, There are many size options to consider. While the most popular option is the double bowl kitchen sink, this choice is usually left up to personal preference and how much sink you want in your kitchen!
What are tappings?:
|Single Bowl Kitchen Sink
||Double Bowl Kitchen Sink
||Triple Bowl Kitchen Sink
Tappings are kitchen sink accessories, basically additional holes in the sink where things like a soap despenser, sprayer or a hot/cold water dispenser can easily be added. Keep in mind the number of sink assessories you will want when purchasing a sink for your kichen.
Installing your new Kitchen Sink
The video below outlines all of the steps necessary in installing your new sink. Of course, you will want to read any manufacturer guidelines that come with the sink prior to installation.
Choosing a Kitchen Faucet
All faucets are not created equally. That is one of the most important things to keep in mind when deciding the purchase a new faucet. There are many faucets on the market, but not all of them are appropriate for your needs. Whether you are updating your kitchen or replacing a leaky faucet, here are some tips to choosing the right faucet for your home.
Size of the Sink
The size of your sink affects the type of faucet you should buy. The new faucet should have the same number of holes in the deck as the faucet that is getting replaced. If the faucet has a traditional style, then it requires three holes (one for the spout and handles). One-piece faucets need to one hole and a space for the sprayer. Matching the number of holes is not an issue if the sink is also getting replaced. Usually, the new faucet will have some type of indication of the number of holes required for proper installation. Small sinks may only need a single faucet. Installing an overly-large faucet for a small sink may hinder the functioning of the faucet. However, a center-mounted spout is more useful for large sinks or ones with a double-tub. The faucet's length should be proportional to the sinks size.
How the Sink is Used
There is nothing worse than not getting the full benefit of your sink. When purchasing your sink, keep in mind how you use it. If you use the sink to wash dishes, an faucet that has a standard arch is a good idea. However, if you spend a lot of time filling and cleaning larger pots and pans, the faucet needs to be tall and have a curved neck. Faucets that have a spray arm also help with cleaning pots and pans. Certain finishes are also better for heavier use than others. For example, brass is not a good finish for faucets that are used in a sink that sees a lot of activity.
Decide on a Type of Handle
Faucets have two handle styles, two-handle and single-handle. While their basic functioning is the same, they do have their unique differences. These types of handles also have their advantages and disadvantages.
Two-handled faucets have separate handles that control the cold and hot water. The temperature of the water is adjustable by manipulating the warm or cold handle without affecting the flow of the water from the other. From a plumbing stand point, each handle has an individual water supply feed. This style is ideal for kitchens with a traditional look. An advantage of having a two-handled faucet is the fact that you can interchange the handles without needing to do any extensive plumbing.
With single-style faucets, the hot and cold water is controlled by one handle. This design allows you to reach the water temperature you want without needing to make a lot of adjustments. The cold and hot water supply lines are attached where the faucet housing and spout is connected. There many benefits to using single-handle faucets. The lone handle makes it harder for children to scald themselves. They are also easier to use for people that have problems with their grip. Also, depending on the shape of the handle, they are more convenient to use while cooking. Different types of single-handle faucets include side-mounted, single-lever, double-lever and top-mounted faucets.
Types of Faucet Finishes
Faucets are available in a variety of finishes that help to add to the aesthetic of your kitchen. They are usually chosen to match the sink, other appliances and countertops. Deciding finish has more to do with preference than function. Chrome and polished brass are some of the more traditional finishes seen in kitchens. However, there is an increase in the usage of brushed or satin nickel and stainless steel. Here is a list of common kitchen faucets finishes:
Chromium (Chrome) Plating
Chrome is tarnish resistant and durable. It is also one of the lesser expensive finishes. To keep it looking new and shiny, you will need to clean it often.
Ideal if you want a non-metallic finish. There really is not an issue with this finish matching the sink. However, it is more prone to scarring than other finishes.
This is a common finish and takes some effort to maintain. Susceptible to tarnishing, it needs to be polished often. There are brass finishes with two-part epoxy coating that helps to eliminate the need of frequent polishing.
The popularity of stainless steel fixtures rises from the popularity of stainless steel appliances. While having a sink fixture that matches the appliances is great, it is important to note that not all stainless steel looks the same. Stainless steel is known for its traditional, silver appearance, but it is also available in weathered and antiqued styles.
Brushed and Satin Nickel
Nickel is often tarnished resistance and can also have a variety of looks. It can have a stainless steel finish or resemble chrome. Polished nickel has a smooth finish. Brushed nickel can better hide water spots and fingerprints.
Ready to install your new faucet?
While replacing a faucet is not a major renovation project, it is one that deserves some attention. There are many styles and finishes of faucets available. Finding the right one for your kitchen may seem overwhelming but, if you start your search already knowing the style and finish you're looking for in mind, you will make the right decision.
Installing your new Faucet
If you are ready to install your bathroom faucet we're here to help point you in the right direction. It's easier than you might think. Our guide for installing a kitchen faucet will be able to walk you through the process, step by step.
Tools and Products you will need for faucet replacement:
1/8" Hex Wrench
Steps for Faucet Installation:
1. Turn off the water
First things first - to avoid making a mess, turn off the cold and hot water valves. These are located directly underneath the sink. Once the water supply is turned off, you can run the tap in the sink to drain off any excess water.
2. Remove your old faucet fixture
3. Read all manufacturer documentation that comes along with your new faucet. >
4. Fit the faucet through the sink hole, positioning the faucet that the faucet handle faces forward.
5. Insert the faucet assembly into the center hole.
6. Under the sink, thread the washers and tighten screws with a Phillis screwdriver to secure the faucet to the sink.
7. Connect hoses to the water supply by connecting water supply tubes to its corresponding hot and cold supply lines. Tighten all connections.
8. Flush all lines by running the water for a couple minutes to remove any debris in the lines. Check for leaks and then you're all done!
9. Still have questions about how to install a faucet? Here is a handy video guide from Kohler outlining the process: