Plumbing is just as important as electrics when planning your modern shaker kitchen, however it can often be overlooked, leading to unexpected costs later in the project.
1). Start by listing all the points in the kitchen that will require a water supply
Sink (main kitchen and utility room)
Taps including hot water / filtration tapa
Fridge with a dispenser
Pot fillers - usually placed above a range oven - dispenses hot water directly into pans
Image courtesy of KOHLER
Drainage for ice trough under-mount stainless steel sink- a touch of luxury for chilling wine/champagne and can also be used for storing pots of herbs
Image courtesy of Tom Howley
Water underfloor heating system
External kitchen wall i.e. outside tap/garden watering system/water feature
Ensure these are clearly marked on the plan for your plumber and discussed.
As with electric cables, water pipes and gas pipes all need to go under the floor. An existing solid floor i.e. concrete, may make the project more expensive. Discuss with your contractor in advance to find out what your options are and the cost implications.
2). Consider Dishwasher and Sink Placement
It;s a good idea to place the dishwasher to the left or right of the sink for the following reasons:
To connect the dishwasher plumbing to the drain and taps
To avoid dripping dirty water and grease on the floor when you rinse off plates
Avoid installing your dishwasher next to a wall. This will make it difficult to pack and unpack, as you will only be able to access it from one side. Placing the integrated bin to the other side of the sink works well.
3). Taps and Sinks - an easy way to add a touch of luxury to your design
Taps and sinks make stunning features and are worth investing in. The modern shaker kitchen can support a wide rage of taps and sinks from the traditional look, to the more contemporary, as shown in the gallery below:
If you are considering wall mounted taps, you'll need to alert your plumber to this very early into the project. These require a channel chipping out of the brick work prior to the plastering taking place.
Image courtesy of Perrin and Rowe
myCasa tip: If time is on your side consider watching eBay for cancelled customer orders and returns. You may need to compromise slightly, however it can save you a significant amount of money.
Finally if you are opting for a gas hob or range/oven this will also need to be marked on the plans.
Image courtesy of Tom Howley
What did we choose?
Kitchen sink and taps
For a more contemporary shaker look, we chose to under-mount a Kohler ceramic sink, keeping the design beautifully sleek and clean-looking.
Kohler Modultop Ceramic Undermount Kitchen Sink Model : K19938W
The taps are Perrin and Rowe ....... A fabulous bargain on ebay, as they were a cancelled customer order
We opted for the Armitage Shanks belfast sink, with free standing drainer, as a practical utility sink.
The taps are Perrin and Rowe Mayan wall mounted taps with lever handles in stainless steel
The metro tiles are from Fired Earth
Look out for the next installation of my blog STEP 6 Working with your Builder
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