Remodeling your kitchen is a major investment in your home’s functionality and value. If you are going to the trouble to make this upgrade, make sure you don’t make costly mistakes in the process. Here are eight common remodeling mistakes and how you can avoid them.
#1 Not Considering Workflow
Your kitchen is first and foremost a working space. It needs to have an efficient layout which offers a smooth workflow. That means your refrigerator, stove, and sink need to be close together and easy to access. You need workable counter space to do prep near the sink. You need your spice and utensils close to the stove. The further you have to travel to get things, the less efficient your work space is.
#2 Skimping on Counter Space
The counter is where you do food prep, land the grocery bags, and plate up the food. You need to maximize the amount of counter space you get in your new kitchen, especially around the refrigerator, stove, and sink. Don’t forget to consider where you want to put the coffee maker and other small appliances in the counter top layout.
#3 Not Having a Solid Budget
With so many options for cabinets, flooring, counter tops, and appliances, it’s very easy to go over budget with a kitchen remodel. That’s why it’s important to have a realistic budget and to keep track of every cost. You need to know where you have room to splurge and where you need to keep to the budget. Have a 10% contingency budget to handle any unexpected costs, but don’t use it to cover a splurge.
#4 Choosing Your Appliances Last
The appliances in your kitchen come in fixed sizes, so it’s important to know what appliances you want before determining your cabinet sizes and layouts. You want to fit the cabinets to the appliances, instead of the other way around. This ensures you get a seamless, streamlined look.
#5 Not Maximizing Storage
Think of everything you need to store in a kitchen. You have plates, cups, bowls, and silverware. You have pots, pans, and ovenware. There’s a myriad of small appliances for which to find a place. Plus, you have need available space for spices, canned goods, dry goods, and more. When planning a new kitchen, utilize every corner of the kitchen for storage. Add pull out shelves in deep cabinets. Use built-in organizers in drawers. Add drawers to toe-kick spaces.
#6 Putting Style Before Functionality
Yes, you want a stylish kitchen that you can showoff to family and friends. But, your kitchen must be functional first and foremost. For example, the more cooks you expect in the kitchen, the wider your walkways need to be. The dishwasher should be within three feet of the sink for easy loading. Give each seat at the island at least 30 inches of space for easy dining. Even if you don’t like the looks of a vent hood, you still need one above the stove.
#7 Making Changes after You Start
If you are halfway through a remodel and decide to make a change to the kitchen’s layout, you are going to pay a lot of money to do it. Making changes in the middle of a remodel will cause delays to the schedule, get your contractor upset, and end up costing you much more than you might think. It’s better to make all the decisions before the work begins and then stick to the plan.
#8 Not Considering Your Lighting Needs
A well-lit kitchen is an efficient, safe one. Prep areas need good lighting so you can read labels, get the right measuring spoon, and cut vegetables safely. You need overhead kitchen lighting to see what you are prepping and cleaning. You need mood lighting for romantic dinners. Accent lighting is great for highlighting collections or architectural details.
Taking time to consider all aspects of your remodel before you start will ensure you get the kitchen of your dreams while avoiding costly mistakes along the way.