Every professional designer and builder has seen many major mistakes when designing and remodeling kitchens. Today we’re going to focus on a few common, and some not so common, kitchen remodeling mistakes to avoid. You may want to bookmark this page, because we believe it will help you a lot in the long run. Ready? Let’s get started!
Not as Simple as it Seems
The DIY crowd will attest to this as well. The project seems so simple, after all. You have an idea of what you want your kitchen to evolve into, and you begin to work on it piece by piece. You end up with something that is far and away different from what you really wanted. If you want to ensure that the before and after are polar opposites in a good way, call us and we’ll help you avoid these roadblocks and setbacks.
This is a pretty common mistake homeowners make during a kitchen remodeling project – under budgeting. Always estimate high on the costs of materials and make sure to include a 10-15% contingency in case of any unexpected issues that pop up along the way.
Where you place your appliances matters more than you may realize right away. Some people call it the golden triangle of kitchen design and others think of it as common sense. When you situate your refrigerator far away from stove and island that you have in place, something is wrong. The placement of your appliances matters and you may not think about it at first glance. However, if they are out of place and you’re putting in a lot of effort just to get something from the refrigerator, you’ve made a mistake.
Putting Fashion before Function
If it looks good, who cares? That’s the mindset of a lot of people. Do not get caught up in this huge mistake. When you consult with us, we will tell you that it’s not a good plan and we’ll explain why. Functionality in the kitchen matters greatly. Fashion doesn’t hold as much weight as the functionality that your kitchen must maintain. Sure, there is a balancing act here, but if you go with looks instead of functionality or you put trends in higher priority than other options, you are going to end up with an egregious mistake.
This one isn’t quite as common a mistake as others on the list. Many homeowners have great ideas for moving everything in the kitchen to a new area. And this is, of course, very possible, but what many don’t consider is the plumbing. All new plumbing must be run in order to accommodate drastic changes to the placement of the sink, disposal, dishwasher, and anything else that uses the plumbing system.
Designing Outside of What You Want
When you’re going to spend money on a remodel for your kitchen, make sure that you get what you want. Our designers will incorporate your ideas without shutting them all down. We’ll even show you ways that you could expand on your ideas for greater functionality and purpose. Don’t settle for working with another company that may put your ideas and wishes on the back burner. You should have a mix of ideas that are functional as well as fashionable or rather design heavy. Never pay and settle for anything that you don’t love in this case.
At the end of the day, the aforementioned are just a handful of problems that could arise as you try to remodel your kitchen. You should think outside of the box, but not so far out that you can’t have functionality with the design that you want. We will help you balance things in the appropriate manner if you choose to call us at 860-667-8105 to discuss your ideas. We’ll schedule an appointment to provide an onsite consultation and a quote.