Keep appliances, plumbing fixtures, and lighting in the same location if it works with the new design. Moving water, gas, and electrical connections can be a big added cost to an update, that doesn’t add visible value to the project.
For this ranch kitchen update, keeping the location of the sink, dishwasher, cooktop, and ovens in the same place, allowed the customer to put all of their budget into new finishes and save a lot of money. The existing oven and microwave connections were located on the backside of the adjacent family room fireplace surround, and would be even more expensive to move. Instead, the layout of the kitchen stayed the same, with all new cabinets and appliances installed in the original locations. The old brick surround was replaced with Austin stone. A custom copper vent hood and hand-painted tile backsplash finished the look of the new cooktop. New wood floors, paint, and light fixtures completed the transformation.