Kitchens are a popular place to start on home remodeling as they offer so much potential. However, with more options come more pitfalls, so consider your design carefully. With proper planning, you can have a kitchen that’s functional and meets all of your interior design goals.
Common Kitchen Remodeling Mistakes
1. Ignoring Flow
Working in a crowded kitchen is inconvenient and sometimes dangerous. Many homeowners load their new kitchens with dream appliances — over-sized islands, built-in seating, and other structural additions — only to find out they have impeded their cooking space. Stick with the work triangle rule of thumb: there should be ample space to move between the sink, stove, and refrigerator. Leaving 4-9 feet between each of these common stops will improve the flow in the kitchen, without making them too out of reach as well.
2. Going Cheap
If you have budget limitations, you may invest in cheaper products to fit all your dream amenities into the design. While this route may be initially satisfying, it’s not wise in the long run. Cheap cabinets will fade and break, lower-end countertops will chip and scratch, and budget appliances won’t last as long. If you plan on staying in your home for the long term, prioritize buying quality products and materials to get the most value out of your home remodeling investment.
3. Forgetting Storage
home remodelingWine coolers, stacked stoves, built-in microwaves, and other appliances can quickly consume your storage space, which can be inconvenient for your storage needs. If your current cabinets are overflowing, make sure your new kitchen design has at least as much storage space, if not more. Adding an island with built-in cabinets is a great way to make space, or if you have the room, you can add a pantry.
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