Plumbing Upgrades

Plumbing Upgrades in Murrayville & Oakwood, GA

Unless you built a custom home, where you got to pick all the plumbing and money was of no concern, chances are your house is filled with builder’s-grade fixtures. At some point, those fixtures will start to fail and need to be replaced, or you get tired of cheaper fixtures and want to upgrade. Philip Edward Contracting is your go-to company for plumbing upgrades in Murrayville & Oakwood, GA.

Plumbing Upgrades for Bathroom

Plumbing Upgrades


The first thing to consider for an upgrade is finish — polished brass, stainless steel, and brushed nickel are a few of the popular finishes available at the GA service area’s home improvement centers and specialty plumbing stores.

The next upgrade will be to install mini-widespread (four-inch centers) or widespread (eight-inch centers) faucets. These have separate hot and cold handles and a separate spout, with more finishes and styles to choose from.


The first upgrade consideration is an elongated bowl, which gives you a few extra inches in front for additional comfort. Beware, however, that some bathrooms or “water closets” are small and may not have the space to accommodate the larger bowl.

As noted, another upgrade is installing a “comfort” bowl, which is essentially an ADA-compliant bowl measuring 17 inches from the floor to the rim. It’s easier on the knees sitting down and standing up.

Another toilet upgrades to consider involves the flushing mechanism. Pressure assisted and HET (high-efficiency toilet)/dual flush are two such upgrades. These upgrades are readily available at local home improvement centers or specialty plumbing stores.

Shower Fixtures

The finish is the first upgrade, including polished brass, stainless steel, and brushed nickel. Another common upgrade is adding a handheld shower handle that attaches to a wall-mounted holder or on a slide bar. Other stylish upgrades include body sprays, diverters, and rain dome showerheads, which are typically more expensive. Steam generating units can also be installed in a walk-in shower to enhance the shower experience.


Tub upgrades include depth, a drop-in soaker tub, or a soaker tub with whirlpool jets. Tub construction and material are where the real upgrades begin. Steel is by far the cheapest and least durable. Gel coat fiberglass can be made cheaply and in any color but scratches easily and shows the undercoat.

Plumbing Upgrades for Kitchen

Plumbing Upgrades for Kitchen


In a mid-level home or condo, drop-in cast iron sinks are available that have great heat retention properties and deaden sounds naturally. These come in a variety of shapes and colors. Laminate counter-tops use drop-in sinks. When homeowners upgrade counter-tops to granite or a synthetic aggregate, most choose to buy under-mount sinks.

Several manufacturers also have begun marketing quartz-based drop-in and under-mount sinks, although they are limited in colors. They are extremely durable and sound deadening. Some builders say quartz drop-ins are an upgrade to cast iron, but they are similar in price and in some cases less money. Sink upgrades are readily available at local home improvement centers or specialty plumbing stores.


The first major upgrade is a pull-out spout. Other upgrades include better grade materials and spigot and water handle design, which can get very expensive depending on the style chosen. Kitchen faucet upgrades are readily available at local home improvement centers or specialty plumbing stores.

Why Choose Philip Edward Contracting?

The Philip Edward Contracting team has been updating and restoring properties in the area for property managers and homeowners for decades. We know the urgency of needing to flip a unit quickly for the next tenant. We can provide comprehensive solutions for apartments, duplexes, townhomes, and other properties. Whether you need a new roof, interior or exterior painting, cabinet refinishing, or other work on one or more of your units, we can provide the restoration specialists to get it done quickly and right the first time, every time.

Contact us today or call us at 844-404-0207 to avail of our services in Snellville, Watkinsville, Tucker, Murrayville, Oakwood, and other parts of our GA service area. Our key features are:

  • Experienced restoration and remodeling experts
  • Background and drug tested crews
  • Competitive pricing
  • RIA Certified
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