The kitchen is the “heart of the home,” the most used room in the house. A kitchen remodel is a great investment for homeowners because it instantly boosts home value while making your day-to-day life more enjoyable. When you’re taking on a kitchen remodel, it’s common to run into easily avoidable renovation mistakes. As fun as it is to get carried away thinking about aesthetic elements like color and finishes, prioritizing functionality during the design phase will help you avoid these common kitchen renovation mistakes.
Here are a few of the most common kitchen renovation mistakes, and how to avoid them.
Neglecting the Kitchen Workflow
You’ve heard it referred to as the “kitchen triangle.” What this means is that your top three major appliances – your sink, stove, and refrigerator – are configured in a way that allows for a seamless workflow and ease of movement when preparing meals in and cleaning up your kitchen. Each of these appliances serves a specific purpose, so when designing for your kitchen renovation, it’s important to keep ample space between each station. Also important is being sure not to place trash cans, cabinets or other appliances within the path of the triangle.
Inadequate Counter Space
A beautiful kitchen doesn’t serve you well if you can’t use it for your intended purpose. Lack of usable counter space is one of the most easily avoidable kitchen renovation mistakes. If you can’t decide how much you need, err on the side of more. Consider all the different ways you use your kitchen counters. Preparing food, storing kitchen appliances, showcasing décor – some people even use their countertops as a makeshift workspace. Adding more counter space later isn’t the simplest option, so be sure to factor this into your initial calculations.
Lack of Quality Kitchen Storage
Increasing storage is one of the driving motivators for clients who are planning a kitchen renovation. Don’t sell yourself short by not planning for enough usable storage. Cabinetry is the often one of the most expensive parts of a kitchen renovation, so you’ll want to be sure you’re planning wisely to make the most of your budget. Opting for cheaper cabinets is one of the more frequent kitchen renovation mistakes, and may come back to bite you. Cabinets get a lot of use, so better quality materials will withstand wear and tear and look better all around.
Not the Right Type of Storage
Another kitchen renovation mistake is not including the right type of storage. Do you need cabinets with drawers or shelving, or both? Special racks for spices or wine glasses are a possibility and may be something you’d like to include. Spend some time analyzing your current and future storage needs before you embark on your kitchen renovation. This is the time to make a list of all your preferences, and communicate them to your designer so they can incorporate them in your design plans.
Poor Kitchen Lighting Plan
Good kitchen lighting can make all the difference. When planning for a kitchen renovation, there are three types of lighting you’ll need to consider – general lighting, task lighting, and accent lighting. All three are important and serve different purposes. General kitchen lighting, such as recessed ceiling lights, give an overall glow to the entire space. Stylish pendant lights or track lighting fall into the task lighting category, the primary purpose of which is to highlight your prep zones. Kitchen accent lighting such as in-cabinet lighting provides more of an ambiance. Your designer will be a wealth of knowledge when creating a lighting plan for your kitchen renovation.
Improper Kitchen Island Size & Placement
An improperly placed or incorrectly sized kitchen island is one of the more common kitchen renovation mistakes. Done correctly, a kitchen island can be an incredible use of space. If done incorrectly, it can be a tremendous hindrance. Work with your designer to be sure you have enough space for the size and type of island you want, and that it is placed in an area that will provide ample workspace without disrupting the overall flow.
Not Choosing the Right Team
The most important kitchen renovation mistake to avoid of course, hiring the wrong team. Choosing an established and trustworthy Design & Build team like HomeTech to assist you in planning and executing your kitchen renovation. This team of professionals is expertly trained to flesh out all these ideas and more, prior to construction. Having a team you can trust will ultimately, this will save you trouble, time, and money as you journey toward your dream home. Read all the benefits of choosing a Design & Build firm.
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