You’ve selected and bought the perfect piece of land in the ideal location and you’re in the process of having your dream home constructed. There are about a thousand different decisions to make and just as many options to choose from, but not many of those decisions will be as important as the plumbing system and fixtures that you select for your new property. The plumbing system is heavily relied upon and used dozens of times (at least) every single day. It’s also something that isn’t easy and cheap to replace, repair or modify at a later date, so there’s a little bit more pressure to “get it right” that with other decisions you’re faced with. While the contractor you hire will obviously deal with all of the technical stuff related to your new construction plumbing project, making suggestions based on their experience, you will and should have an influence during this process. Letting a plumber make all of the plans and decisions for a new construction plumbing design would be an easy way to go over budget!
What You Need to Think About During a New Construction Plumbing Project
Much of your new home’s plumbing system will be hidden; behind walls, inside cupboards and under floors. While these elements (the vast network of pipes and valves) might be “out of sight and out of mind,” there are many plumbing elements that are highly visible to anyone that enters your home, such as sinks, toilets, bathtubs and showers. Here are a few considerations that you should think about:
- Size of Plumbing Fixtures – On a new construction plumbing project it’s very easy to get carried away and to spend more on plumbing fixtures than you really need to. This is typically done by choosing fixtures with a larger capacity than you really need. Think about who is going to be using your home and your specific requirements, and make a decision based on that information.
- Position of Fixtures – You need to work with your plumbing contractor to come up with a layout that works for you and that you find convenient to use. This is probably even more important than the first point given that it can cost thousands to move a particular plumbing fixture just a metre either way at a later date.
- Quality of Materials Used – Due to the rigours that your plumbing will be subjected to once your home is completed, it’s wise to choose higher quality materials that are proven to stand the test of time. Plumbing and drain repair problems can be costly and very, very inconvenient, and they’re more likely to happen if inferior materials are used.
- Plan for Emergencies – If and when the unexpected happens you need to be able to quickly and easily shut off the water supply to your house. Ensure that your new construction plumbing team inserts a shut-off valve in a location that is quick and easy to reach.
- Water Efficient Design – We strongly urge you to work with a new construction plumbing pro to come up with a design that is as water efficient as possible. Simply by incorporating low flow toilets, showerheads and aerators, your home’s plumbing features will be subjected to less wear and your water bills will be much lower.
Last but not least, you need to make sure that any plan that you come up with meets all local building codes, as the worst thing is to complete a new construction plumbing project and then have to rip half of it up and make modifications. For more help and advice, contact our qualified team on 647-339-3121. We serve the communities of Mississauga and Etobicoke and specialize in drain repair, new construction plumbing, plumbing retrofit work and backflow prevention.