One of the most popular home improvement projects for homeowners to take on is kitchen remodeling. Kitchens are the centerpiece of a home, so remodeling your kitchen can immediately raise your home's resale value and make your entire home more attractive, comfortable, and functional. However, there are a number of things that could wrong with your kitchen remodeling project, and it's very important that you look out for some of these common pitfalls that can make your remodel less than satisfactory.
The best way to make sure that your kitchen remodel is the best it could possible be is to carefully plan the project before any work begins. At Nostco Construction, our remodeling contractors can work with you to design and plan your remodel, and we've compiled a list of some of the common mistakes that homeowners make that can ultimately have a negative on their kitchens:
Designing a Bad Layout
When you plan the layout of your kitchen, there are three things that you need to ensure you'll always have quick and easy access to:
- Your refrigerator
- Your oven and stove-top
- Your sink
You need these parts of your kitchen to be close together, but it's also important that you make sure none of them ever blocks access to another. These are the most frequently used parts of your home's kitchen, and your kitchen will lose a lot of functionality if they're not accessible. During the design stage of your remodeling project, a lack of access to the these parts of your kitchen might not jump out at you, but when you're regularly using the kitchen, you'll find it extremely frustrating.
Not Giving Yourself Enough Storage Space
Many homeowners (and many remodeling contractors, for that matter) tend to focus too much of their attention on the aesthetic aspects of a kitchen remodel, like the flooring, counters, and back splashes. Of course, these parts of your kitchen are very important, but the parts of your kitchen that you can't see are often the most important.
Having enough counter space is very important to your kitchen's functionality, but if you have to use that counter space to house some of your appliances that could otherwise be stored, it will be wasted. Take an inventory of smaller appliances, pots and pans, and other kitchen items, and make sure that your new kitchen design leaves you plenty of space for these things.
Our remodeling contractors can work with you to find creative kitchen design solutions that will help you maximize the space you have available in your home's kitchen.
Designing a Kitchen That's Too Trendy
One of your main goals during a kitchen remodeling project is creating a kitchen that's attractive, but you need to make sure that you don't focus too much on current trends when you're designing your kitchen.
Most design trends are very short-lived, and even if they stay up-to-date for five years, remodeling your kitchen twice in a decade is most likely not feasible. So while it's not a bad idea to make sure that your kitchen renovation looks great, our remodeling contractors recommend that you focus mainly on making sure that it's functional.