Are you planning to remodel your kitchen? Take care so that the project doesn't mess up with your kitchen plumbing or make future repairs more difficult than they should be. This is especially true if you will be handling the project in different stages or using different technicians. Take these precautions if you don't want to mess up your plumbing installations:
Install the Flooring Before the Cabinets
If your remodeling involves both installing both the floor and the cabinets (and other stationary fixtures), it's wiser to start with the latter. This is because the flooring needs to be underneath the fixtures, so they are easily accessible during plumbing remodeling. If you install the cabinets first, then you will have to install the flooring around them, which makes it difficult to remove the fixtures during upgrades or repairs. That would make it more costly to repair your plumbing fixtures than if you had installed the flooring underneath them.
Choose the Sinks First
Another precaution to take is to choose the sinks first before installing the cabinets. This way you can ensure the sink is right for your existing plumbing, and you can make any correction before the countertops and cabinets complicate matters.
If you start with the countertop, the plumber who comes to fix your sink under the counter may find it rough. For example, he or she may find that the piping and the sink don't fit or the sink isn't of the correct size. In such a case, the plumber finds that the cabinets and the countertops are in the way when he or she wants to correct the anomaly.
Coordinate the Project
A kitchen remodeling project is likely to involve different professionals, such as electricians, plumbers, and many others. It's best to have one remodeling contractor be in charge of the overall project so that he or she can coordinate all the work. If you are doing a piecemeal remodeling where you change what you can afford at each stage of the project, then it's up to you to handle the coordination.
It's not practical for the plumbers, for example, to work in the kitchen at the same time the flooring contractor is doing his or her thing. It's up to you to ensure everybody is aware of the others' operations to avoid confusion. For example, the cabinet installer should know whether the floor is to be replaced or not because the installation of one affects the other.