Plumbing – Kitchen and Laundry
Make sure you have thought about all the following plumbing fittings:
There are a wide range of sinks the choice is a lot wider than one basin or two so you need to spend some time looking at various options. Similarly there a wide range of mixers.
Boiled /Chilled Water Service used to be an office fitting but they are becoming more common in homes. I think they can waste a fair bit of energy and are a scalding safety risk
Dishwasher are normally installed as cold fill but there are some hot and cold fill machines around or you can just use the hot water.
Refrigerator with a chilled water service are becoming quite common now. If you want one of these you will need a cold water line to the fridge recess.
In many larger houses a Butlers Pantry is included rather than a simple larder. This is somewhere where the messy part of food preparation can be done when you are entertaining.
Depending on how much room you have these can be almost second kitchens so they may need a similar range of plumbing fittings
Do you really want a laundry trough?…….. why not have a standard sink basin? If you go for a trough why not think about a smaller size. We have found these big enough. Whichever choice you make you will need either a mixer or taps.
Washing machine – although you may only have a cold fill machine its always worth getting a hot water service installed.
People that do a lot of gardening like a Toilet with wash basin off the laundry to avoid them going through the house with dirty boots.
Roof Water / Recycled Water
With Roof Water Tanks and Recycled Water becoming more common in suburban properties you need to think about where you will use this supply, which has to be kept separate from the mains supply. Will it be toilets only? or are you going to use it for the laundry?
Its simpler if you live on a rural block because it will be all roof water!…………. If so I would seriously think about a water filter, although I wouldn’t bother for a suburban house with mains water.
Other Plumbing Requirements
My son is a concretor and I work for a drainage company so my wife prefers to wash our overalls in an old washing machine on the back veranda and keep the newer washing machine for her clothes and our best.
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