Remodeling a kitchen is exciting, but it can also be a little complicated and overwhelming because of the many decisions you’ll have to make. To assist you in the process, Cormack’s kitchen remodeling pros share seven common mistakes you’ll want to avoid.
1. Ignoring workflow.
When designing your dream kitchen, you’ll likely turn to Pinterest and other online sources for inspiration. It’s easy to get so caught up in the style of your kitchen that you forget about it’s function. When creating a design, ensure your kitchen’s busiest areas—sink, stove, and refrigerator—are positioned for a smooth workflow. This is often referred to as the kitchen “work triangle.” Also, take some time to think about how your kitchen needs to work for you and your family. Is your kitchen a place primarily used for food prep, or is it also a gathering area for your family and guests? Is there enough space for island counter seating?
2. Skimping on cabinets.
A kitchen is an investment and a well-remodeled one should last a good twenty years. Since your cabinets set the overall look and tone of your kitchen, steer clear from low-budget ones. For a truly upscale, timeless look, consider custom cabinets. They cost more than those sold in the big box stores, but they are designed to your exact storage needs and space requirements—and built to last.
3. Purchasing lower-quality appliances.
Likewise, don’t try to save money by purchasing lower quality appliances. Stick with appliances that are energy-efficient and durable. You can save money in other areas, such as lighting.
PRO TIP: Choose your appliances before beginning your kitchen remodel. Doing so will ensure your cabinets and countertops fit perfectly around them.
4. Selecting materials based on appearance, not functionality.
Just because something looks pretty, doesn’t mean it’s right for your kitchen. Limestone is beautiful, but it’s vulnerable to water rings. Marble countertops are prone to staining and etching. Recycled glass countertops might look sleek and modern, but they can tend to chip and crack. Quartz or granite countertops are much more durable options.
5. Overlooking the details.
Don’t spend so much time focusing on your countertops, cabinets, and appliances that you forget about the more subtle design details of your kitchen remodel. Cabinet pulls, backsplashes, and other smaller design elements can have a big impact and should be included in your decision-making process.
6. Avoiding the “B” word.
When meeting with a kitchen remodeler, some homeowners are uncomfortable discussing their budget. But being upfront about how much you can realistically spend will save you both time and money in the long run. Your contractor can present you with your options and help you make design and building choices that make the most of your budget.
7. Getting too stressed out.
Your kitchen remodel will bring you joy and make life easier for you. Be sure to keep this in mind during the process. And to make the process as smooth as possible, work with an experienced kitchen remodeling contractor.
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Thinking about remodeling your kitchen? Contact the pros at Cormack Construction for a no-obligation consultation. We’ll help you come up with the best kitchen design options for your needs and budget.