Remodeling a kitchen is a big project, with many variables and small details to consider that hopefully, add up to the ideal kitchen. After investing so much time and money, the last thing you want is to live with something less than perfect.
Let’s look at a few of the common design mistakes made when remodeling a kitchen, so you can avoid them and ensure you get the beautiful and fully functional kitchen you need.
Don’t Put Form Over Function
While everyone wants to express their personal style, don’t let looks get in the way of a functional kitchen. The kitchen is a workspace, and must function as one.
For example, your refrigerator stove and food-prep counters need to be close together. While placing the refrigerator on the other side of the kitchen may look good, it won’t be efficient. The kitchen sink, stove, and refrigerator should be conveniently close to one another with enough space to move easily around.
Another common mistake is to not consider how your refrigerator, cupboards, and microwave open. Can you open a cupboard and the refrigerator at the same time?
Also, be sure to include a sufficient number of electrical outlets, and even a USB charging station. All of those gourmet cooking appliances need both counter space and a plug.
Finally, don’t design a kitchen to impress your neighbors and friends. Stay within your budget, and keep it functional. That doesn’t mean you can’t add color and style, but it does mean staying within your budget, and designing an efficient kitchen for you and your immediate family.
Don’t Ignore Style
While some people place too much emphasis on style, others completely ignore it, focusing solely on function and price. While that approach may get the job done under budget, it won’t add much value to your home, or your well-being.
If you are going to the trouble and expense of remodeling your kitchen, make sure the end result looks good. Not only will that increase the value of your home, but it will also be a source of pride and pleasure to you, for as long as you live there.
One way to keep the aesthetics in mind, without going over budget, is to simply choose a nice color scheme. Neutral, organic colors are a good choice for a kitchen, and won’t detract from your home’s value, as bolder colors might.
Keep the Kitchen Bright
It’s easy to focus all of your attention on the countertops, backsplashes, flooring, and appliances, while forgetting the lighting. As a work area, the kitchen needs to be bright.
Good lighting not only makes working in the kitchen safe and efficient, but it also adds style. Choose lighting fixtures that not only do the job, but also add flair.
Pay close attention to the lighting over your countertops and stove, where you’ll be spending the most time. Ideally, there should be general overhead lighting, task lighting in the work areas, and accent lighting. Under-cabinet lighting can illuminate your countertops, and pendant lights are ideal for lighting up a kitchen island.
Going Way Over Budget
A kitchen remodel can be expensive, especially if you are replacing the major appliances. You not only need to consider what you want, but also your home’s value and local real estate prices. For example, planning a high-priced kitchen remodel could be a bad idea if you are planning to sell your home soon. You may not be able to recoup the price of the remodel in your selling price. On the other hand, if you plan to stay in your home, spending more could be worth it.
When making your remodeling budget, you also need to add extra to that budget, for when things go wrong; remodeling jobs never seem to go quite as planned. A good rule of thumb is to add 10% of the total projected cost for “just in case.”