Your kitchen might be the most important room in your home, so it’s no wonder you want it to be beautiful and function perfectly. So if you’re planning a kitchen renovation, the last thing you want is to make mistakes that cost you time and money to fix. And you definitely don’t want to impair the enjoyment of your new kitchen. If you’re in the planning stages of a kitchen renovation, we urge you to be on guard against these common mistakes, and prepare carefully to avoid them.
Don’t waste space. Remember that kitchens must be functional along with pleasing to the eye. Consider the most important areas of the room and place necessary components there, so that you don’t find yourself walking back and forth all over the kitchen while preparing food.
But give yourself walking room. Allow 42 to 48 inches between cabinets and a kitchen island, if you’re installing one, or between other elements where you need to walk. Avoid packing your kitchen so tightly that using it becomes uncomfortable.
Enormous islands. Most of us love the look and convenience of a kitchen island, but don’t go too crazy with the concept. Keep the size manageable; walking around a ten-foot island will become annoying pretty quickly.
Consider clearance for doors. This is a silly, but very common mistake. Remember that cabinets, refrigerators, dishwashers, and ovens have doors… And those doors need to open fully. Place each element so that doors function correctly, and remember that refrigerators can be purchased with doors that operate in either direction.
Go for more storage than you think you’ll need. Really, you can never have too much storage. But if you don’t have enough, your kitchen will constantly feel cluttered and messy. So while you’re making your final design choices, always opt for more storage when you can.
Don’t go too trendy. If a trendy color happens to be a classic neutral color, then go for it. But if you’re considering painting all of your cabinets with this year’s “color of the year”, consider how you’ll really feel about it in two or three years. You can work that color into the backsplash or some other accent without overwhelming the room with a shade that will soon feel dated.
Finalize your design before starting work on your kitchen renovation. If you’re not fully satisfied with your design, keep researching and working on it until you’re convinced it’s just right. Making changes right in the middle of the renovation can throw off another element, which now has to be changed, which throws off another element, and so on. You can end up spending way too much money just to change one part of your design.
And on that note, give us a call if you’re planning a kitchen renovation. We can walk you through every step of the design and installation process, so that you can create the kitchen of your dreams without any major missteps.