Kitchen renovation and modeling is a big step, but many factors come into play. The focus is to increase functionality and efficiency in your kitchen space, which should act as the grounding base of your kitchen ideas and work plan. The last thing you want is a poorly done space and wasted resources. To save you from such frustrations, there are several common mistakes you should avoid at all costs.
1. Ignoring Your Workflow
Your kitchen should be a space that allows you to freely move around stations without disruption. Also, it should be more accessible for people to use it without crowding or colliding.
So, plan out your kitchen and space out the three busiest spaces: the sink, the stove, and the refrigerator. One of the most effective ways is to use the triangulation technique.
2. Picking the Appliances Last
True, your appliances will be installed last, but that doesn’t mean you should pick them at the last minute. Your kitchen gadgets determine the layout and functionality of your kitchen. For starters, getting the measurements right ensures that they fit into space you’re working with.
Always invest in the best kitchen appliances, and if you don’t know what to get, it’s wise to ask for expert help. Alternatively, have a professional measure out your spaces before and during the kitchen remodel. During the renovation process, work hand in hand with your contractor and ensure you are certain and content with all the decisions.
3. Ignoring Storage Solutions
One of the most important features of a kitchen space is the storage options you settle for. For the most part, it’s determined by the size you’re working with and the kitchen design.
Whatever you settle for should maximize your storage space and help you reduce clutter. Kitchen cabinets are a great way of using up vertical spaces, regardless of your kitchen size.
4. Poor Lighting
Nothing defines a room better than the choice of lifting fixtures, and this applies to your kitchen as well. Poor lighting will turn your space into a damp dingy that looks and unsafe and unhygienic.
There are many lighting options, such as cabinet lighting, pendant lighting, or recessed lighting. Take advantage of natural light, and you can install translucent roofing, if possible.
Proper lighting will visually expand your space, add life to larger spaces, and highlight your features and appliances.
5. Misplacing the Outlets
Naturally, there are plenty of small appliances in your kitchen, such as microwaves, blenders, coffeemakers, and toasters. So, you want the outlets placed in convenient spots to avoid over-crowding and inconvenience.
Installing your outlets at the beginning of a remodel is much easier. It allows you to conveniently spread them out, camouflage, or hide them.
Kitchen renovations are too expensive to mess up, so ensure you take your time to plan things out and talk to professionals. Indecision during the process will cost you time and resources and will end with unpleasing results.
What are some of the remodeling mistakes you’ve made? Share your experience and tips with us. We would love to hear from you!
About the Author
Archibald was a builder for more than 40 years. After his retirement, he has become a vegetarian on his homestead. He is happy to keep a healthy way of life with his garden and self-built kitchen. He writes for the blog mykitchenadvisor.com to share the idea that it’s never too late to make some healthy changes in your life.