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Renovating the Kitchen? Island Plumbing Problems Solved

April 8, 2015 12:54 am

(BPT) – Designers and builders agree: islands are a must-have upgrade when renovating a kitchen. Aside from features like custom cabinetry, granite countertops, reclaimed wood flooring or top-of-the-line appliances, islands can dramatically alter the appearance of a kitchen, providing additional storage space, a much-needed work area and seating.

"Islands are replacing tables," says Audrey Macdonald of Creative Interiors By Audrey in the National Kitchen & Bath Association's most recent Kitchen & Bath Style Report. These days, homeowners are replacing traditional dining tables and breakfast nooks with spacious islands that feature seating.

In addition to seating, homeowners are incorporating restaurant-quality fittings into islands, adding charging stations for the family's digital devices. They're also choosing architectural and design touches such as decorative legs and countertops and cabinetry that contrast with those around the perimeter of the kitchen.

While you could add an island without plumbing, having a sink in an island can improve the workflow in a kitchen and open up counter space elsewhere. Plumbing an island can be problematic, however, if your home is built on a slab or a crawl space. The cost of cutting through concrete and adding piping can be prohibitive.

Above-floor plumbing can solve the problem. Some manufacturers produce pumping systems that can eliminate the need to cut concrete and reduce the cost of installing plumbing in a new island.

"Cutting through concrete to install plumbing can easily account for 50 percent of a renovation budget," says Chris Peterson, spokesperson for plumbing manufacturer Saniflo. "Homeowners may decide to abandon the idea of an island altogether when they face that kind of cost. Above-floor plumbing allows them to add an island, hide a single drain pipe in a decorative column, and achieve the kitchen of their dreams at a fraction of the cost of traditional plumbing options."

Kitchen renovations continue to be among the most popular home improvement projects and can offer homeowners a high return on their investments. A major kitchen remodel costing about $56,000 can recoup nearly 68 percent of its cost when you sell your home, while a minor remodel in the range of $19,000 can yield a 79 percent ROI upon resale, according to Remodeling Magazine's Cost vs. Value Report.

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For Some, Retirement Trumps Down Payment

April 7, 2015 12:54 am

The gradual improvement of the economy has resulted in shifting financial priorities for Americans. In a recent NeighborWorks America financial capability survey, 24 percent of adults reported retirement is their most important savings goal; adults saving for down payments for a home edged down 5 percent, suggesting the housing market is still well on its way to a full recovery.

The survey also pointed to a whopping 72 million people who don’t have an emergency savings fund – a sharp increase from the survey one year ago. Moreover, the percentage of adults saying saving for emergencies is an important financial goal fell to just one percent.

The absence of savings for one-third of adults is particularly worrisome in light of how long it takes the average person who becomes unemployed to find a new job.

Source: NeighborWorks America

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