Renovating or remodeling your kitchen is a big project with a lot of variables to consider. Avoid these common design and remodel mistakes, and you’ll be sure to have the kitchen of your dreams. A kitchen is not only the heart of the home but also a large investment. The more complex the needs, the more likely that the kitchen design can go wrong. Mistakes are very costly in a kitchen. A few mistakes to avoid in designing your kitchen…
When planning your remodel, remember your kitchen’s busiest areas: the sink, stove, and refrigerator. Make sure these areas and appliances are in an efficient location that is relevant to one another. Many designers refer to this as the kitchen “work triangle,” as the relation of these to one another typically resembles a triangle.
Falling Prey to Trends
With a big-ticket item like a kitchen remodel, being too on-trend may come back to bite you when the fashion changes. Opt, instead, for kitchen cabinets which lays a solid, classic foundation from which you can add up-to-the-minute accents.
Blowing Your Budget
It is easy to get swept up by all that is available out there. Stick to quality craftsmanship that will stand the test of time. Creating a budget is an essential part of your remodel. Decide what features of your kitchen are the most important, and allocate your finances accordingly. Keep in mind that kitchen cabinets usually take up about one-third of the typical remodel budget.
Don’t pass on seemingly small add-ons and storage features, like additional drawer dividers, or cabinet storage solutions like pantry pullouts and lazy susans. These storage solutions will increase your kitchen storage efficiency, and are much more costly to add on if you decide you need them down the road.
Your kitchen cabinet design must take into consideration drawers and cupboards which may bang into each other.
Counter space is one of the most important elements of your kitchen, so don’t settle for less! Extend your counter work space by using decorative corbels, or shelving supports, to create added room for your countertop . A good way to free up these valuable horizontal surfaces is to have sufficient storage in your kitchen cabinets for items which are not used often
Too Few Outlets
You need more than the upper limit you had in mind. Consider a drawer or island outlet.
Taking It Too Seriously
Kitchen remodeling a stressful upgrade. Yet it’s one that adds value to your home and enjoyment to your life.
Remember the Big Picture
When you’re planning your kitchen remodel, remember to consider every element: including wall color, your backsplash treatment, flooring, cabinet hardware — and how it all ties together.
Ignoring the Rest of Your Home
While completing your remodel, make sure to protect other rooms and surfaces from your new kitchen materials, paint drippings, or remodeling debris. Your kitchen remodeling ideas may have you so excited that you forget to protect the rest of your home from the messy business at hand.
Make sure to consult a kitchen design expert before starting your project. A professional will be able to help fine-tune your remodel plan, offer tips and advice, and maybe even recommend some ideas you hadn’t already considered.
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