There are many reasons why homeowners want their kitchen renovated.
For most, their main reason for investing in this home improvement project is to upgrade their kitchen to fit their lifestyle and personal style. Some homeowners also make the decision to have their cooking area renovated to make it more water and energy efficient. Lastly, a lot of people who will be selling their home also have their kitchen refurbished so that they can increase the resale value of their property.
Whatever your reason is for having your kitchen renovated, you have to ensure the result meets your goals and expectations. Following expert kitchen design advice from your contractor will help you achieve this.
Additionally, avoiding the usual mistakes that come with renovating your kitchen will also allow you to have the perfect cooking area at the end of the project. By not making these mistakes, you will avoid wasting money and get more from your home improvement project as well.
Below are the six mistakes you have to avoid when you are still planning your kitchen renovation project:
1. Not setting a budget
Your project budget will play an important role in various aspects of your kitchen remodel. It will dictate your choice of materials, fixtures, appliances, and furniture if you will be buying new ones.
By setting a budget before you even plan your kitchen renovation, you will know how much money you can spend on this project. You will then be able to select which parts of your project are the most important, and assign funding there.
Your budget will allow you to avoid overspending on the project as well.
2. Neglecting to consider workflow in the design
Renovating your kitchen is the perfect opportunity to get more from the space for your cooking requirements. Start by working the right workflow into the design.
The kitchen’s busiest areas are the sink, stove, and refrigerator. You should ensure these areas and appliances are accessible and conveniently located in your kitchen’s new layout.
Additionally, make sure you put some thought into your kitchen island. An incorrectly shaped and sized island will take up unnecessary space and disrupt the workflow in your kitchen.
3. Choosing the wrong materials or supplies
If you’re on a tight budget, it can be tempting to select the cheapest kitchen materials available. And whether you have a big budget or a small one, you may also be easily attracted to really shiny materials.
But no matter how attractive these materials are, stay away from them. This is because fixtures and features made of these materials often don’t last long, and are hard and expensive to maintain.
High-gloss lacquered cabinets, for instance, are expensive and costly to repair. Although cheap, low-quality plastic laminates look thin and dull. As such, they will make your kitchen look dowdy.
4. Failing to prioritize storage
Your kitchen will house many of your storage units or solutions. To avoid having a cluttered kitchen where the food, kitchenware, cleaning supplies, and other items are simply out in the open, prioritize storage in the kitchen redesign.
There are numerous storage solutions that can really help maximize your kitchen space. These include cabinets, shelves, pantries, and open storage. Make sure you choose the best ones that fit into the space and work well with the design.
5. Overlooking kitchen ventilation
Not all smells coming from and in the kitchen are good and enticing. If you don’t want to walk into your kitchen smelling last night’s dinner, you need to ensure you have a good ventilation system in this room.
If you invest in low-quality range hoods, stale air will only be circulated in the room. This, in turn, will cause particles to be trapped in onboard filters.
Good-quality range hoods, on the other hand, will help keep your kitchen space cleaner. They vent odors and grease particles from the air that would otherwise land on and stick to the countertops, cabinets, and other sections of the room.
6. Purchasing appliances at the last minute
Lastly, if you will be having your kitchen fully renovated, make sure to choose your new appliances first. By doing so, you will have an easier time selecting the right cabinets and countertops to fit your refrigerator, oven, dishwasher and other appliances.
Don’t forget to choose energy-efficient appliances to help lower your monthly electricity bills.
By being aware of these mistakes and avoiding them, you will ensure your kitchen renovation project will go smoothly. You will get more from the time, money and effort you will be investing as well.
Bill Fannin started Post & Beam 27 years ago as a small construction company and, in 2004, decided to specialize in design/build. Since then, he has grown the company into a very reputable Design/Build Firm. You can find Bill in the office helping with estimates, consulting clients, and even on the job helping the carpenters. Bill is a Certified Graduate Remodeler and Certified Green Professional.