Homeowners planning on undertaking a kitchen remodel this year may have great success, or they may find themselves faced with expensive, time-consuming and frustrating mistakes. So be sure to get your pen and paper ready because we’re going to uncover the top mistakes that you need to avoid during your kitchen remodel to ensure your project is successful.
Forgetting What Your Kitchen Is Really For
As much as we like to daydream about the possibilities when it comes to designing a kitchen, we can't lose sight of the basics.
For starters, the sink, stove, and fridge should be conveniently placed. It's crucial to first consider the space and the size of your kitchen and then decide where everything should go. You should also think about accessibility to all three appliances and how they work together. For example, if you want to cook and run to the sink to wash your hands, or chop ingredients and then run over to the fridge for something, you should consider placing these appliances next to each other.
Don't neglect the simple details. At the end of the day, the functionality of your kitchen should be the driving factor in your decisions.
Choosing Appliances Too Late
Save yourself a tremendous headache by choosing your appliances very early on in the remodeling process. This will help you get a better idea of what appliances work best for your space. Beware, adding electrical components and adjusting measurements later on may not be possible or very costly. The longer you wait before picking out appliances for your kitchen renovation project, the more difficult it will be to coordinate everything with aesthetics and function. Now's the time!
Designing To Impress
Disregarding what your friends and relatives may think about your design choice can be a challenge, but this is crucial if you want to make the right decisions throughout this process. After all, you are the one who is going to be preparing and cooking food there most often, so why not make your opinion the most important. Go with what you believe would suit you and your home best.
Remember, the invoice is going directly to you and nobody else, so do what YOU want to do. The last thing you want is feeling regret after choosing the luxury countertops that your next door neighbor has been wanting to get for the last few months just because you wanted to impress them.
Not Planning Budget Adequately
To plan a budget adequately before starting a kitchen remodeling project, it's important to set aside money for unknowns. These can arise in any project and may include things such as specific items not being what you have ordered or unexpected utility shut-off notices. By setting aside funds for "just in case" situations beforehand, you will be able to cover these unforeseen costs without risking the rest of your savings or accumulating debt on credit cards.
Your contractor can be of enormous help throughout the entire remodeling process, however, not even he can determine your budget because only you know your finances, the ultimate goal for your kitchen remodel, your home's value, etc.
Not Designing With Enough Space
You should have enough space in your kitchen to function efficiently and effectively. If too much room is taken up by large appliances, for example, the countertop area may be limited which could make preparing food in bulk next to impossible. Arranging your appliances and other items so that they occupy one wall (or half) of the room can open up floor space for working more comfortably and safely on dinner which could also afford more storage space.
If not enough room is allotted for basic function such as moving about freely while cooking or using utensils then frustration can quickly ensue.
Going about your kitchen remodel by doing it all yourself may sound like the smartest thing to do. Think about it, you could do everything at your own pace, do everything exactly how you want it done, and let's not forget, you would save SO much money!
..Or would you?
Let's be real, the chances of costly mistakes are much higher when you do things yourself, and you are entirely liable. Unless you are familiar and comfortable with the many processes involved in a kitchen remodel, it is likely that either the transformation will not resemble what you first envisioned or that you will end up hiring someone to fix your mistakes.
We hope that this article helped you visualize what could go wrong when planning your kitchen remodel and how it can be avoided.
If you want to avoid the last mistake and leave it to your local experts we're here to help! Nova Construction provides remodeling services in Moses Lake, WA, and surrounding areas. & our goal is always to provide high-quality service. If you would like Nova Construction to assist you in your journey, please do not hesitate to reach out. To schedule a consultation give us a call at (509) 361-8697 or fill out our online form and we will reach out soon!