They say that home is where the heart is, and the heart of every home is the kitchen. It's the place where every day begins and ends, where we celebrate holidays and share the most treasured memories with our friends and family. That's why kitchen remodels are one of the most popular home improvement projects with the highest ROI. They can be as complex or as simple as you want them to be. However, a full kitchen remodel isn't something you can do in a day or two. It's a massive project that requires careful organization and preparation. That's why we decided to write about mistakes to avoid when remodeling a kitchen and help you make educated decisions from the beginning. Let's scroll!
Skipping on planning and preparing the project from A to Z
One of the biggest mistakes to avoid when remodeling a kitchen is neglecting proper planning. This kind of project requires a lot of time and money. And you don't want to waste either, right? So, before you start doing anything, you have to do proper research and plan this project from A to Z. This means you'll have to set a budget, choose a design for your kitchen, a layout, hire contractors and installers, etc. You can't go into this project without a thoroughly planned strategy and change your mind mid-project. With a project of this size, you'll have to think ahead of everything. Of course, you can make minor changes. More often than not, you'll have to. However, changing the entire flow of the process is something you can't do.
Therefore, do your research properly, consult experts, and start this project with no or little room for unpleasant surprises.
Overlooking functionality and flow
When it comes to functionality and layout flow in the room, everything comes down to the holy trinity of the kitchen - stove, sink, and refrigerator. Every time we use our kitchen, we circulate between these three items. That's why we need to make sure the kitchen layout allows the flow between them to be as smooth as possible. This means they need to be close to one another so that the 'work triangle' makes sense. By doing this, you'll definitely have a functional kitchen.
Overcrowding a small space
Speaking of functionality and flow design, there is one more mistake to avoid when remodeling a kitchen - overcrowding. You need to keep in mind the size of your kitchen. More often than not, people don't have the big kitchens from magazines. Thus, we don't have enough space for wanted appliances or a big island. That's why, for example, in a smaller kitchen, it's preferable to have a peninsula and not an island. So, to get the best out of this remodel, think about the space at all times. After all, there are plenty of beautiful designs for different layouts and sizes.
Turning the kitchen remodeling into a DIY project
Even though you may consider yourself a handyman, you'll definitely need the help of an expert. That's why we recommend contacting a reliable contractor and installers at the beginning of the project. Having a professional's assistance throughout the project will make the process much easier and the final result better. And since kitchen remodeling is a timely process, these kinds of experts will definitely save you some time. And money! Of course, you can always help with less demanding jobs such as wall painting the walls, chairs, or even cabinets. But leave the big stuff to the ones who are paid to deal with them. After all, you want the final product to be breathtaking, right?
Neglecting the storage space
Functionality and storage go hand in hand with each other. You can't have a functional kitchen if you don't create enough storage space for all your appliances and other kitchen items. That's why you always have to choose storage and functionality over style and design. Of course, this doesn't mean you can't have beautiful-looking and functional cabinets in a small kitchen! Additionally, think about the layout of the kitchen and how much space you have. Then, consider every storage option there is and pick the one that's best for your kitchen. For example, there are regular cabinets, tall pantry cabinets, pull-outs for spices and trash, roll-out trays, etc. Just make sure you create a balance between storage space and the size of the room. This way, one of the biggest mistakes to avoid when remodeling a kitchen won't be on your list of problems!
Speaking of storage...
When it comes to storage solutions, we can't forget the one you'll need for the stuff you don't use during a renovation. Renovation is a messy project, and storage units are an excellent place for items you won't use during this process. Because, when it comes to mistakes to avoid when remodeling a kitchen, leaving all your appliances and other items in the boxes all over the room is one of them. That's why you will want to keep all your stuff safe until the end of the project. Otherwise, you'll find yourself and others stumbling on the boxes all the time.
Purchasing cabinets and appliances without testing samples
When it comes to any kind of home remodeling project, we want the final result to sweep us off of our feet. Sometimes we choose our dream colors and style for the room, but we end up disappointed when we enter the room for the first time after renovation. More often than not, this results from purchasing cabinets and appliances without testing the samples first. That's why it's crucial to get a hold of some samples before making any final decisions. Many colors, patterns, or materials are not the same as in the picture on the websites, or they don't look the same in different lightings. So, grab every sample you want and test it in your kitchen. This way, you'll have a real picture of how the final product will look!
Get set, ready, remodel!
Well, we believe we warned you about all the unwanted mistakes to avoid when remodeling a kitchen. So, now you're definitely ready to plan this big and exciting project and do it the right way. Make sure to reach out to a reliable remodeling crew and get the process started. Happy remodeling!
Posted September 06, 2021
by Treeium Inc..