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One of the best ways to increase your home’s value is through renovation.  Whether it’s an added-on room, an enhanced garden, or new landscaping, there are myriad ways to take your house to the next level.

But you don’t just have to build extra space.  Many people opt for taking an existing room and transforming it into an entirely new, special place.  In Los Angeles, it’s becoming increasingly popular to take an older, shabbier home and make it over, rather than investing in a new property.

From Downtown to the Carson, homeowners have turned to remodeling in droves, and many start with perhaps the biggest focal point in the house: the kitchen.

Having a nice kitchen is essential.  You want it to feel like an inviting place to cook and spend time with your family.  But giving it a facelift is no easy task.  Even if you’re comfortable with DIY projects, there’s one very important thing to consider before you get started.

Call a professional

Some cities actually require you to use pro contractors when taking on a project of this size, which makes sense.  Depending on the scale of your remodel, you’re going to be altering your home’s fundamental plumbing and wiring.  If the work goes sideways, you could end up inflicting serious damage for which you’ll be on the hook.

For jobs like this, you want the best plumber Los Angeles has to offer. Torrance Plumbing and Heating knows how to handle projects of this size and scope.  Whether you live near Madrona Marsh or by the harbor, we’re no strangers to homes in the South Bay.  We can help you determine the steps necessary to improving your kitchen.

Plan your fixtures

While we can’t advise you to take on a kitchen remodel on your own, we believe you should familiarize yourself with the basics before moving forward.  As you decide on a design, you’ll want to make sure that the new layout can correspond with the existing piping and electrical.

Will your new sink simply replace the old one?  That would be the easiest way to do it, but what if you envision a bigger, tub fixture that’s on the other side of the room?

Likewise, many people opt to add an island complete with sink and dishwasher, but this might require that you re-locate or extend some pipes, which can get costly.  Make sure that you’ve considered these issues as you plan.

Know your pipes

When it comes to your kitchen’s plumbing, it’s important to remember that not all pipes are created equal.  Drain-Waste-Vent (DWV) pipes are perhaps the most critical, and are typically laid first because of their size.  They’re usually made from plastic of PVC, but it’s a good idea not to mix them since they expand and contract differently, which could lead to leaks.

As a general rule for remodeling, it’s recommended that you always use the highest quality piping and plumbing supplies in order to avoid problems in the future.