Kitchen remodeling is a major endeavor. It’s a complicated project with a lot of options and steps to take into consideration. With all that complexity, it’s easy to make mistakes. Mistakes lead to regrets down the road, so in hopes of helping you avoid some of the most common mistakes in kitchen remodeling, here’s a list of a few to keep in mind and avoid.
Failure to Budget
Putting together your budget for your kitchen makeover is the most boring part, we know. No matter how tempting it is to jump online and start dreaming of all the fantastic options that are out there, we recommend your first step always be to set up a budget. This will help you dismiss options you just can’t afford, and keep you from being disappointed later on when you have to scale back from the dream remodel you’d been imagining all along.
Failure to Choose Appliances First
If you’re not replacing appliances and gadgets, then this is a non-issue, but if you are, you should pick out your major appliances such as fridge, cook-top, ovens, and dishwasher first, not last. It’s much easier to design and build kitchen cabinets to fit your chosen appliances than the other way around!
Going It Alone
If you’re going to hire a contractor to build your dream kitchen, then this is also a non-issue. However, many people want to remodel their kitchens themselves. Even if you’re a DIY remodeler, it’s important to get input and help in the design of your new kitchen. Our design experts are on hand to help you figure out what’s really important, including determining which lines of kitchen cabinets truly fit your budget, and your kitchen.
Skimping on the Extras
It’s tempting to just think of the look of your new kitchen when you’re designing a remodel. To be sure, cabinets go a long way toward creating a new look and visual style. But what about how it feels to actually use the kitchen?
Extras like soft-close door and drawer stops can add a feel of luxurious quality that no fancy woodwork ever can. Storage options like drawer dividers, roll out trays, spice racks, and under-counter storage for pots and pans are another area people skimp on. Yet it’s these finishing touches that make a kitchen not just beautiful, but a joy to work in, efficiently and effectively for years to come.