Renovating the Kitchen in Your Brooklyn Brownstone? Here’s What You Need to Know
One of the best things about living and working in Brooklyn is the atmosphere of our historic neighborhoods. And as your Brooklyn plumber, Petri Plumbing & Heating is honored to work in and on these beautiful homes.
Brooklyn brownstones in particular have been getting a lot of love lately, with homeowners completing high-end renovations on these unique homes. But renovating a historic kitchen can come with some unique challenges you won’t find anywhere else. Here are some things to keep in mind.
You’ll Need to Replace the Systems
When you’ve got an old house, you’ve probably got old pipes and wiring. Before you plan your renovation, go ahead and consider that it will need to be replaced.
Unless they have been renovated recently, Brooklyn brownstones tend to have galvanized piping that has corroded inside over the years. That buildup restricts water flow, and ongoing corrosion can lead to costly and damaging leaks. In addition, you’ll likely find cloth-covered wiring that isn’t up to code and can’t support the needs of modern appliances.
Expect the Unexpected
It’s not just the plumbing and wiring you need to worry about when renovating a brownstone. It’s possible that the home’s floors won’t support the added load of your new counters and appliances without help. Once you start removing old fixtures, you could find a previous owner’s piecemeal repairs or damage left too long unaddressed.
Partner with a Pro
When you’re renovating a brownstone, be sure to partner with professionals who aren’t just licensed, but who have experience working on Brooklyn’s historic homes. They’ll know what to look for and what pitfalls you might encounter. At Petri Plumbing & Heating, we’ve been serving Brooklyn homes for decades. We know what issues tend to lurk behind the walls of these historic structures, and we can guide you to solutions that will work well for a long time to come. If you’re planning a brownstone renovation, just call us at (718) 748-1254 or contact Petri Plumbing online.