Preparing to remodel your kitchen already sounds stressful to you? Breath out – our article will help you bypass the numerous pitfalls on your way to a fresh and new kitchen and any other DIY home project. And by avoiding the following common mistakes, you will keep things going smoothly and in a hassle-free manner.
Embarking on your renovation mission is a challenging process that may last for months. Along with increasing your apartment or house’s overall value for years ahead, renovating a kitchen remains a considerable expense for the majority of homeowners and may add much collateral stress to it. There are, fortunately, many related tips and hints to bear in mind that will ease the whole process, as there are a lot of basic mistakes we will try to escape. Hopefully, the following advice will turn the renovating procedure into less time-consuming and more efficient and economic action— keep on reading to learn how exactly this could be done:
- The first tip useful for almost everyone is planning your kitchen accordingly. What exactly does this mean? To start with, take your time to consider your family’s lifestyle, each member’s needs, and your required kitchen facilities to get the maximum of the provided space.
- Count on the money you’re planning to invest in it and estimate the utensils and appliances demanded in your daily use. Here everything counts: how many members there are in your family, how often you cook, what you cook, and how much storage is needed for a comfortable coexistence.
- Suppose the kitchen is your family’s main socializing and uniting spot which sometimes serves as a workspace or an after-school homework point. In that case, it is wise to pay attention to increasing the variety of seating choices for family and guests, and probably reassign some areas to fit several purposes at once, or add some counter space zones.
- If a lack of storage has sounded problematic for you, take storage extension and maximization as your top priorities. Use and develop them as a strategy when arranging your kitchen’s future design and browse additional storage expansion options on the Internet.
Once you’re ready with the solutions to those questions, your kitchen remodeling will sound half as troubling. Below are the other key kitchen remodeling factors to consider and shortcomings to avoid if possible.
1. Go-It-Alone Attitude
Even if you’re a DIY die-hard fan or a self-assured handyman, consulting a keen kitchen design specialist before rushing into remodeling will not hurt. Otherwise, counting solely on yourself in such a massive and compound process as kitchen renovation may miscalculate the required efforts and expenses. An expert’s help is needed for adjusting and fine-tuning your remodel plan, getting further tips and advice, and including some ideas and third-party recommendations which you probably would not figure out yourself.
2. Neglecting Storage Options And Details
Don’t disregard those various add-ons, options, and storage features offered by today’s interior market. These include bountiful additions from drawer dividers and smart pantry shelving to cabinet expansions like pantry pullouts and lazy Susans. These details will not only increase your kitchen’s storage adaptability and improve the space ergonomics but will also save you money in the long run as these additional items are less cost-efficient to add in the future and adjust to already existing furniture.
Similar advice applies to what we call underutilized space: in fact, unused kitchen areas allow for extra space both for creativity and installing practical solutions, so take advantage of it. For instance, the often overlooked toe-kick storage under cabinet doors can be a great storing space for items used rarely, such as the serve ware, linens, or a spare step ladder. Making the maximum use of your kitchen’s floor plan to elaborate more storage options will at the same time unload your countertops and give the kitchen a more wholesome look.
3. Not Considering Counter Space
Counter space is one of the most crucial and practical elements of your kitchen, so compromising its capacities is not the best solution. The way out is simple here: your counter workspace may be extended by using decorative corbels or shelving supports – this way, you’ll add more room for your countertop. To unload a messy-looking table, there is also a variety of options, including the low-cost ones, such as utensil trays, plate holders, and brackets for extra stuff. All these “extras” can look nice and neat if you arrange the things you put on them correctly.
4. Overlooking Your Kitchen Work Triangle
When planning the space you’re remodeling, always keep in mind your kitchen’s busiest areas which are the sink, the stove, and the refrigerator – this trio is often called “the work triangle” by designers. According to them, these areas and appliances should shape an efficient location where these zones overlap, interact, and stay relevant to one another in the most practical way – the thing we call a workflow.
5. Not Protecting Surrounding Spaces
While finishing the remodeling process, we tend to forget about protecting other rooms and surfaces from dust, paint drippings, debris, stains, and so on. Keep this in mind, and you will never have to clean up hours straight after the renovation is done. For instance, a “mudroom” would lock in the dust while providing easy access in and out of the renovated space. Create your own using plastic sheeting and wraps, spring-loaded rods, and a sticky zipper (zip wall, zipper doors, carrying bags will help you as well).
6. Making Last-Moment Purchases (Appliances And Other Items)
We try to count every little thing, yet we’re often impulsive when doing the renovation – especially when we’re stressed or tired. If you’re planning to give your kitchen a total reshaping, choosing your kitchen’s major appliances at the last moment could only complicate the situation. Obviously, it’s easier to buy cabinets and countertops fitting the bigger appliances such as the dishwasher or refrigerator instead of trying to match bigger things to a huge number of already-bought smaller ones.
7. Wasting Your Budget
Scheduling a budget should ideally be the primary step of your kitchen renovation. Sketch a financial plan before proceeding to the remodeling. A useful tip here is to devote one-third of your renovation budget to the kitchen cabinets, as they’re usually quite costly. Decide what features and items of your kitchen are the most expensive and/or crucial, and aspire to manage your finances accordingly.
8. Neglecting The Details (Backsplash And More)
Your kitchen is not only a place to cook and eat, but it’s also a place of family gathering, which has its statement, mission, and character. How about enhancing its character by redesigning and refocusing some core details such as the backsplash? You can play with color by using various shades of the same tone to add a very distinguished and wholesome look to your kitchen or mix the textures and patterns. Emphasizing the core details will help balance the accents right in your kitchen interior. Besides, the backsplash designs today provide an almost endless variety of colors and patterns to create the brightest or coziest kitchen.
9. Overlooking Creative Solutions
It is hard to doubt that design esthetics are a combination of utility and creativity, so when designing your new kitchen style, do not exclude creative attitudes to change and rearrange the seemingly traditional pieces, like cabinets, into something original yet practical. One of the prominent examples is a standalone hutch made from Martha Stewart Living PureStyle cabinetry which may not only function as extra storage but also be reshaped into a handy reminder zone with the help of dry-erase board inserts.
10. Disregarding Your Kitchen As A Whole
Finally, when you’re planning to renovate your kitchen, keep in mind the whole concept of how it should look like: provided that every element matters and contributes to the overall interior (and this applies to your wall color, cabinet tones, and materials, flooring, hardware) weigh and consider not only each design element but also the sum of them all.
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