10 Kitchen Renovation Mistakes
If you want your kitchen renovation to go smoothly, you’ll want to avoid these all-too-common mistakes.
1. Don’t Choose Fragile Materials
Looks can be deceiving. Just because something looks pretty doesn’t mean it’s going to enhance your life. For the kitchen, make sure to choose durable materials. Limestone may look beautiful, but it’s vulnerable to water rings. Marble is prone to etching and staining. Recycled glass countertops may seem sleek, but they can chip and crack much easier than other options.
2. Never Forgo Cabinets
There are a few legitimate reasons to consider skimping on the number of cabinets—perhaps you really want a window over the kitchen sink or you’re desperately seeking a minimalist aesthetic. While the idea of avoiding clutter in lieu of a more airy appearance sounds good, where are you going to put your plates? Never give up cabinet space, unless you already have more than enough.
3. Don’t Buy Cheap Appliances
Kitchen renovations can be pricey, but don’t try to save money by choosing lower quality appliances. This may mean that to stay in budget you can’t get that super-fancy light fixture that you love, but having much-used appliances that are energy efficient and durable is more important than having an art piece on the ceiling.
4. Never Ignore Workflow
A proper amount of kitchen cabinets, quality appliances and durable materials are all important things to consider when renovating your kitchen, but if they’re combined into an efficient workspace, you won’t be getting the most out of your remodel. Be sure your kitchen’s busiest areas, like the sink, stove and refrigerator are positioned for a smooth flow for cooks and others. Kitchen designers often refer to this as the kitchen “work triangle.”
5. Don’t Refuse Help From a Professional Designer
DIY enthusiasts might be tempted to use their skills and creativity to do a kitchen renovation totally on their own. That’s what doing it yourself means, right? But as anyone who has gone through a renovation will tell you, expert advice is always helpful. A professional can help you fine-tune your plan and offer advice that could save you from purchasing inefficient products and materials and choosing a design that doesn’t fit your needs. You can even stop by our showroom for a free consultation.
6.Don’t Forget the Rest of Your House
It’s easy to get caught up in your kitchen remodel and neglect to take care of the rest of the house. Your kitchen will most likely be out of commission during the remodel, so set up a temporary galley elsewhere in the house. Also, be sure to protect other parts of your house from the dust, debris and splatters from the remodel. Take the time to protect other spaces and that will allow you to fully enjoy the end result of your kitchen renovation without damaging the rest of the house.
7. Don’t Forget Your Budget
If unforeseen problems arise during your kitchen remodel, costs can escalate quickly. If this happens, review the plans and see if there is anything you can cut back on or if there is something that you can put off for a while until you’ve saved up for it. It’s important to stick to your original budget so you don’t end up resenting your costly kitchen when the project is finished.
8. Don’t Choose Appliances Last
One of the biggest kitchen renovation mistakes is choosing your appliances last. It may be more fun to plan the cabinet layout and countertops first, but always choose your major appliances first and then build the plan around those dimensions. You’ll be disappointed if you order cabinets and then find out that you only have room for a 24-inch-wide oven.
9. Don’t Forget to Have Fun
A little laughter and lighthearted humor is a must during any remodeling project. Remember, remodeling your kitchen is supposed to make you happy, so let down your guard a little bit and allow the mistakes and mishaps to slide off your back as much as you can. Also, be sure to let your creativity shine! Go for a bold backsplash or try a multi-material kitchen island to help create a space that doesn’t take itself too seriously.
10. Don’t Let the Project Ruin Relationships
This is rather grim, but according to Business Insider, 12 percent of couples consider getting a divorce while renovating their home! One lawyer has even said he’s seen more divorces over remodeling projects than from extramarital affairs. Whether that’s true or not, remember that people always come first.