The idea of Renovating Your Kitchen can be exciting and yet daunting at the same time. It is important to get your kitchen right, as for many people it is the beating heart of the home, and can be an expensive project. If your remodeling is done well, however, it can completely change your and your family's life.
A useful way to make sure that you get your kitchen remodeling right is by looking at the kitchen remodeling mistakes to avoid so you can learn from others, so here are some common kitchen remodeling mistakes that you can avoid:
CHOOSING YOUR APPLIANCES LAST
People often leave the choosing of their appliances until the end of the renovation. In fact, these should be the first things to choose as they are the least flexible to change dimensions of. Tables, counter tops, and cabinets can all be adjusted in size, shape and colour, but your chosen appliance can be much more difficult. Once you have chosen the appliances that you would like, then design the rest of your kitchen around them.
FORGETTING THE BIG PICTURE DOWN TO SMALL DETAILS
Another common mistake is that people tend to concentrate either on the big picture or the small details. The trick of a great kitchen remodeling is to keep the big picture in mind – colour schemes, styles etc. whilst paying attention to the small details such as cabinet knobs and handles, drawer dividers or storage solutions.
FORGETTING YOUR WORK FLOW
It can be frustrating in the kitchen if the placement of features or appliances don't help your workflow. Maybe you need an area beside the oven to put your dishes, or your fridge near to a counter top for ease of food preparation. Consider this when you are designing your new kitchen.
LOSING COUNTER SPACE
Counter space is very important in a kitchen and the lack of it is something that many people complain about. It's much better to have too much than too little!
NOT ASKING FOR HELP
Remodeling your kitchen isn't necessarily easy. Never be ashamed to ask for help at any part of the process. Although you might want to design it yourself, speaking to a kitchen designer can help you in ensuring that you haven't forgotten anything, as well as giving you some useful tips. If you aren't too confident with plumbing or dealing with electricity, call a plumber or electrician to avoid costly accidents or mistakes.
STICKING TO YOUR BUDGET
It can be easy with kitchens to go completely over budget. Make sure that you plan your costs before you start. Prioritize what things you want to spend money on and what you can cut back on, but always keep a bit aside as there will undoubtedly be some unexpected costs.
SKIMPING ON STORAGE
If there is one thing that is guaranteed in our homes today, it's that there is never enough storage space, so go all out on storage, cupboards, cabinets, shelves – you will deeply regret not adding enough storage in your new kitchen!
It is important to get the details right when you are designing your new kitchen, to ensure that the finished article is both how you want it now, and will serve you well in the future. By learning from the mistakes of others, you can go a long way in guaranteeing the success of your project.