7 Common Kitchen Remodel Mistakes to Avoid

With various binge-worthy real estate TV shows being all the rage these days, no one could blame us for catching the home improvement bug. There’s absolutely no harm in reveling in these aspirational fantasies to help get your creative juices flowing for your own kitchen project. The problems, however, start when we start thinking that a major project, such as a kitchen remodel, is a couple of days’ worth of process that delivers picture-perfect results. The reality is: there’s so much more solid planning and consideration that goes into it that they neglect to feature. Yet, that’s the most important part of the entire project and a homeowner’s best insurance when embarking on a kitchen remodel. So, if you want that perfectly finished result like on HGTV’s “final reveal”, scroll on down to see the seven most common kitchen remodel mistakes to avoid and keep things stress-free. It’s just like they say: “Prepare and prevent, don’t repair and repent”!

Woman-cooking-in-her-kitchen.

Kitchens are the hub of every home’s activity. So, a part of making sure it gets the attention it deserves is careful planning and setbacks anticipation.

1. Biting off more than you can chew

Let’s get this one right off the bat! Before you bring out your sledgehammer, be honest with yourself about whether or not taking a remodel into your own hands is a good idea. You may be perfectly willing to get your hands dirty, but if you have no former knowledge of kitchen remodeling, they may end up dirtier than you think. Sometimes, it’s worth it to hire professionals to do the work for you. Things like planning and strategizing, demolition, structural repairs, and major gas, plumbing, or electric work are almost 100% of the time better left to the professionals. And, if you’re a first-timer, even assembling, cutting, and installing kitchen cabinets can hurt your project timeline and budget.

2. Assuming you need a brand-new layout

Once the dust has settled, it is time to focus on your kitchen layout. Assuming they need an entirely new layout is one of the mistakes people tend to make when remodeling their kitchens. You might want to shake things up a bit and change everything about the old layout. But if you think about it, it was probably planned that way for a good reason. More specifically, it probably addressed all the practical considerations of the space, such as window and door placement, the most logical traffic flow, et cetera. Moreover, keeping the existing layout will save you a lot of money and energy you would otherwise have to put toward moving around the electrical and plumbing systems. Finally, you can always add a little tweak or two. For instance, perhaps you’ve always wanted a breakfast bar or an open-plan kitchen?

Layout planning on paper.

Most of the time, there’s no need to plan a brand new layout for your kitchen

3. Prioritizing form over function

If, on the other hand, you’re designing your kitchen from scratch, one of the most common kitchen remodel mistakes you can make is to prioritize design over practicality. Your kitchen should be beautiful, yes. But, even more importantly, it should be functional. So, before committing to a layout, take a walk through the space and plan the way all the kitchen elements could open without hindering the circulation space. For instance, doors, drawers, cabinets, fridges, and ovens typically need wide clearance. So, when designing your kitchen, you want to provide plenty of space for these elements to open freely and without blocking your walkways and doorways. Similarly, make sure to keep your isles between 42 and 48 inches wide and roughly 4 feet between kitchen countertops.

4. Choose the right materials

Another thing you should focus your attention on are the materials you select. Choose something that looks good and meets your budget, but is also durable and practical. Take your floors, for instance. If there’s one thing that should be able to withstand wear and tear, stains, and moisture, it’s your flooring material. Similarly, the wallpapers you pick should be specifically designed for humid zones of the house and your countertops for resisting the heat, odor, and spillage.

5. Failing to consider the workflow

All the talk about function automatically extends to the workflow in a kitchen as well. So, while still in the planning stages, don’t neglect to consider how the famous “work triangle” will best fit the layout you have chosen for your kitchen area. The work triangle consists of three points in your kitchen – the cooktop, the sink, and the fridge. The rule of thumb is to allow enough space between those points. This way, you won’t be walking back and forth between them every time you’re using the kitchen.

6. Skimping on storage

No kitchen can have too much storage space, can it? This especially goes for smaller kitchens, where every inch of space counts. Still, people often fail to avoid this common mistake when taking on a kitchen remodel. So, when designing your kitchen, take every opportunity to maximize its storage potential. For instance, take your cupboards and shelving right up to the ceiling, and incorporate roll-out drawers and practical organizers such as lazy Susans and tray dividers.

Spice rack with jars

Try to maximize every inch of your kitchen storage.

Furthermore, there are some obvious benefits of updating your kitchen with a pantry. The main advantage? It keeps our kitchens from looking cluttered, dirty, and messy. This makes such an addition a great way to make better use of available space. Plus, if your previous home had a fully stocked kitchen pantry, you’ll need an equal amount of space to store all those foodstuffs you usually shop. They may be a bit tricky to move, so you’ll need to plan how to deal with the pantry the right way before you transfer everything. For instance, make sure to declutter first. Then, pick out the correct packing materials to ensure a safe trip for your items.

7. Poor lighting placement

The final item on our list of seven common kitchen remodel mistakes is the lack of lighting. Strategically placed lighting holds all the power! It can, without a doubt, completely transform your kitchen from a small, gloomy room into a room that has it all – functionality, drama, and beauty! Basically, there are three main types of lighting, besides natural lighting, that you need in your new kitchen. That’s ambient lighting, task lighting, and accent lighting. Ambient lighting is your primary light source that’s important for everyone who uses the kitchen. Next, task lighting is essential for the areas where you need to see what you’re doing. Finally, accent lighting is something that interior designers always include in any kitchen, mainly for aesthetic reasons. This type of lighting can emphasize all the features and beautiful details of your new kitchen, making it worth the consideration.

When it comes to your remodel, you want to work with pros who will communicate budget and timelines clearly, and do quality work. Call Distinct Construction today to schedule your quote!

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