With guests coming into town for the holidays, this is the perfect time to upgrade your kitchen. Here are some minor changes and major remodels you can complete with entertaining in mind.
Update the Faucet
If you’re tired of the leaky, low-pressure kitchen faucet, a quick replacement can work wonders on the appearance and functionality of your kitchen sink. It’s possible to replace a faucet yourself, but with help from an affordable plumber, you can rest assured the job is done right with zero effort on your part.
Add a Backsplash
Whether you have an outdated backsplash or none at all, this kitchen upgrade makes a big difference aesthetically. It also serves a practical purpose: protect the wall from water and grease splatters. A backsplash makes clean up easy once you’re finished cooking.
Install New Light Fixtures
A dark kitchen isn’t very inviting. Neither is one lit by an old fluorescent light box. Shine your kitchen in a new light by replacing the fluorescent fixture with an attractive pendant or a few recessed lights. You’ll be amazed at the difference new lighting makes!
Upgrade to a New Garbage Disposal
You may never lay eyes on the garbage disposal, but it serves a vital purpose in your kitchen. A malfunctioning garbage disposal could have disastrous results, especially with the extra demands your kitchen faces while guests are in town for the holidays.
Let an affordable plumber install your new garbage disposal for you. Getting the job done right the first time around is vital to keep your kitchen working without interruption.
Add an Island
If your kitchen has lots of walking room but not enough counter or storage space, consider adding an island. A built-in island that matches (or artfully contrasts) the rest of your cabinets serves as a permanent upgrade that can completely transform the look and functionality of your kitchen. You might even want to add a dishwasher or second sink to your new island, a job you should leave to an affordable plumber.
If the budget doesn’t allow for such a big renovation, a kitchen island cart on wheels is a more affordable option. Drawers, cabinets, and shelves provide the storage you need while a countertop surface gives you room to prepare food. The portability of an island on wheels may even come in handy when accommodating guests around the holidays.
Refresh Your Cabinets
New cabinets are costly, but refinishing or painting your existing cabinets can provide a much-needed facelift for your kitchen at a far lower price. Consider the inside of your cabinets and drawers as well. Install an aftermarket Lazy Susan, smooth drawer glides, roll-out shelves, or pot and pan organizers. These custom fittings make your kitchen feel more luxurious and keep everything organized for less hectic entertaining.
Splurge on New Appliances
December is a great time to purchase new appliances because stores put them on clearance to make way for next year’s model. Keep your eye out for deep end-of-year discounts to make your purchase as affordable as possible.
If replacing all your kitchen appliances doesn’t fit in the budget, splurge on a single one. A new gas range, high-capacity dishwasher, or larger refrigerator could make entertaining a big group of people easier this holiday season. Consider hiring an affordable plumber if you need a water line installed behind your new fridge or dishwasher.
If you need an affordable plumber to help with your holiday kitchen remodel, count on Mr. Rooter® for the job. Just give us a call and let us know what plumbing-related upgrades you have in mind!