It’s no secret that urban industrial design has grown in popularity in recent years. More and more homeowners want to adopt an industrial look for some or all of their homes. In addition, this has also led to a surge in popularity for related styles such as steampunk.
The kitchen is one area where many homeowners would love to create a vintage industrial feel. If you are thinking of doing this in your home, you should keep in mind that you have to make some considerations first.
The following highlights some of the key points to consider before embarking on your perfect kitchen remodeling project:
1. Update the plumbing
It doesn’t matter how old your home is or when the kitchen was last remodeled. You should spend some time and money upgrading the plumbing in your kitchen for a number of reasons.
For example, if you have your water mains replaced by a plumber, you won’t have to worry about old pipes corroding and leaking, potentially resulting in a flooded house and expensive repair work to fix such a problem!
Another reason is that you can place mains powered appliances in different areas of your kitchen for more efficient use of space.
2. Embrace exposed plumbing
Another idea to consider for your industrial style kitchen is exposing pipes in your walls. Conventional industrial buildings rarely cover water pipes and even electrical wiring, preferring to cover such items to simplify maintenance and reduce costs.
You can achieve the same with your kitchen by removing all of your drywall and exposing pipes, wiring and brickwork for the ultimate industrial look.
Make sure you use a metal detector to check for pipes and wiring hidden behind the drywall first. That means you won’t accidentally hack into them and injure yourself, or result in an expensive repair bill for your project!
3. Choose industrial looking devices
It’s no secret that today’s modern kitchen appliances are designed with contemporary style in mind. It’s rare to find retailers selling industrial-looking dishwashers and washing machines.
With that in mind, you need to cast your net further and reach out to commercial kitchen appliance suppliers.
Alternatively, you could get creative and give existing equipment an industrial makeover by spray-painting it a brushed metallic paint or wrapping it in vinyl.
4. Get inspiration from Pinterest
It can often be difficult to think about how to create the perfect industrial look for your kitchen, so it’s a good idea to look to sites like Pinterest for inspiration.
The great thing about Pinterest is that you can search for specific terms, similar to Google Images.
But the difference is that Pinterest users can categorize images and links, so you’ll likely come across people who have industrial-looking kitchen collections to browse.
5. Watch your budget
Finally, make sure you set a realistic budget and stick to it. You will likely go over budget as remodeling projects can never allow for unexpected expenses.
But if you allow enough financial headroom for certain unexpected expenses, you’ll have a good idea of what you’re likely to spend.