As a homeowner, kitchen renovations are some of the most exciting projects you can undertake. The kitchen is often considered the center of your home, the place where you spend the most time, and a key contributor to your home’s market value.
In short, if you decide to renovate your kitchen, you want to make sure it gets done right. Major flaws in the design of the renovated kitchen, shabby materials, or workflow issues can make turn your renovation project from a would-be success to a downright debacle.
Here are some of the most common mistakes people regret making when they look back at their completed kitchen renovations. Don’t fall into the same traps!
Skimping on Storage
When it comes to kitchen storage, always err on the side of generosity. It may be tempting to take a pass on those extra storage areas—dividers, pullouts, spinners, etc.—but they’ll be much more difficult and expensive to incorporate after the fact. Few people are ever sorry they went for extra storage and more storage options when it comes to kitchen renovations.
Forgetting the Workflow
Good kitchens are all about making things easier. You want to be able to accomplish things quickly and limit the need for movement during routine tasks. The refrigerator, sink, stove are considered the “golden triangle” of the kitchen, as their relative positioning has the greatest effect on workflow. Your countertops can also be added to this equation. All of these features should be accessible and conducive to a seamless workflow for routine tasks—such as prepping, cooking and washing up. Be sure to do your research on how to set up a good kitchen workflow. If you’re working with a professional, don’t be afraid to get your questions answered.
Cutting Corners on Counters
Like storage, countertops are something you generally want more of. There’s nothing like having plenty of space to work with while you’re working in the kitchen. If it’s cramped, however, and you can’t find places to put things, you’ll find yourself wishing you’d designed your kitchen differently.
It’s not all about space, either. Choosing the right material for your countertops—something that will be both functional and aesthetically pleasing—is just as important as getting the dimensions right.
Getting In Over Your Head
There’s nothing like the freedom and pride of tackling that kitchen renovation yourself. The only thing is, it requires meticulous planning and great execution. If you don’t plan well, or if your renovation skills aren’t up to snuff, you could find yourself wading into deep waters. Even if you choose to go DIY, it helps to bring someone in for a pro consultation. At least that way you know your plans are solid.
Selecting Appliances After the Fact
This is a big no-no! If you’re designing custom finishings into which your key appliances will go—such as dishwashers, refrigerators, etc.—make sure you select these appliances first and design the kitchen around them. Otherwise you may have to settle for appliances that fit the space you’ve created, whether you like it or not.
Take Your Kitchen Farther!
By avoiding these common mistakes, your chances of a successful renovation project are excellent. We hope you’ve found some useful information here, and we’re happy to answer any questions or comments you might have. Feel free to write in the space below, call us, or contact us through this web site for more kitchen renovation ideas.