Although it can be stressful, remodeling a kitchen can be very exciting as well. Choosing new counters and cabinets, as well as new appliances is an important part of the remodeling process. You want to be sure that you choose wisely so that when your kitchen is complete, it works well for you and your family. You want to try to avoid these common remodeling mistakes.
Ignoring the Kitchen Triangle
One factor that contractors stress in a kitchen is the “triangle.” At one point of the triangle is the stove, another is the sink and the third is the refrigerator. You want them in an efficient location, near each other, to make it easier during meal preparation.
Lack of Counter Space
Probably the most common mistake is not installing enough counter space in order to save money. Your kitchen is often more than just where you create meals. You may entertain there, you place groceries on the counter to put away and your kids may do homework on the counter. You want to be sure there is plenty of space for all these duties.
Trying to DIY
Just because you watch tons of home improvement shows does not mean you can completely remodel your kitchen on your own. In fact, it is highly recommended that you work with a licensed contractor for any kitchen remodel. Conduct interviews with several contractors before selecting one to be sure the one you choose is the right fit.
It is critical to set a budget for the remodeling project and stick with it. Document and plan your budget before you speak to a professional. Failing to create a budget can lead to expenditures you cannot afford which may result in you being unable to complete the project at all.
Going too Trendy
It is very tempting to go with the latest trend in kitchen design without thought of the future. Your kitchen remodel should be viewed as an investment which means you need to keep styles fairly neutral. You can add your own touch with smaller, easily replaced features.
Choosing Appliances Last
Your appliances are a critical part of your kitchen and you want them to blend well with the décor. Instead of waiting to choose a refrigerator, stove and dishwasher last, most designers suggest doing so at the start of the remodeling project.
Lack of Storage
The longer you live in your home, the more things you accumulate that you must store. There was a time when homeowners actually installed faux cabinet fronts but those days have long passed. Today, every inch of your kitchen can be used for storage, from pullout drawers to small cabinets by the oven.
Missing the Small Details
We often look at the big picture and neglect to look at the small details. Your counter, appliances, cabinets and flooring are important but so is your backsplash, the accent colors you want to use and decorative items. Check online sources to get ideas for details and artwork that will work with your vision.
Not Enough Lighting
There is nothing worse than a kitchen without enough light. There are now many options available for kitchen lighting including under cabinet lights, special lighting over sinks and tract lighting that can be adjusted as you need it.
Forgetting the Rest of the House
That sleek black counter and gleaming white cabinets look beautiful in the showroom but if the rest of your house is farmhouse chic, that kitchen will look out of place. Be sure to choose features that blend well with the rest of your home for architectural cohesiveness.
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