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5 Common Kitchen Remodeling Mistakes to Avoid

Erlin Taylor - Friday, January 7, 2022
5 Common Kitchen Remodeling Mistakes to Avoid

Here are a few tips you need to hear before you embark on your remodeling journey.

Renovating your kitchen is an investment that will last you for years to come. The kitchen is where you prepare your meals and entertain guests. This is a fun task but at the same time, you want to be careful during every step of the process.

Read on to help you gather more ideas on how you’d like your kitchen to look like and possibly avoid some common kitchen remodeling mistakes:

1. Doing Everything On Your Own

No man is an island, especially if you plan on having a big kitchen island. Even if you’re a DIY expert, it’s always a good idea to consult with a kitchen design expert (Interior Designers, Contractors, Architects, etc.) before starting your project. If you’re overwhelmed with a million tasks already, a professional can point out something you may have overlooked and help you fine-tune your remodel plan. They can even offer ideas to enhance your kitchen or recommend a good plumber.

2. Not enough planning

Take a picture of your old kitchen first and determine what are the areas of improvement. The materials may look a lot different in a showroom (or on Pinterest) than they do in your actual space. Don’t commit to any major design changes until you’ve brought the samples home to see if they match the space you’re remodeling. Always expect that you’ll have guests gathered so it’s best to consider an interactive kitchen space. Although your appliances look great, keep in mind that your kitchen should still make sense from a functional standpoint.

3. Neglecting Storage Details

Consider your kitchen’s layout in advance. You can’t just string on boxes. Don’t skimp on storage features such as additional drawer dividers or cabinet expansions. These details can help you save money since they are much more costly to add down the road. There are a lot of different storage options available. Planning can help save you more time in the future.

4. Make Lighting a Low Priority

From our selfies to our kitchen, lighting is everything. Lighting mistakes can make a big impact on the whole vibe of your space as a whole. Don’t bombard your kitchen with recessed lighting but instead, be strategic with recessed lighting. Make sure to always include lighting in your plan and carefully select them so you can decide what best fits your kitchen. Make a mental note of what color your cabinets should be so they won’t clash with the lighting. You can check this article out for a few ideas of what color best suits your cabinet:

https://www.illumepm.com/blog/a-color-guide-for-kitchen-cabinets

5. Forgetting Your Budget

It’s normal to not want to go overbudget. Do your research first, plan on what you want to achieve, then map out your budget. Always keep in mind what your top priorities are. Extensive planning and selecting what materials fit your budget is the best way to make sure your progress is on the right track. Avoid adding unnecessary costs and impulsively changing your plan. Also keep in mind of your timeline because it might help with your planning. Don’t forget to include your family in every decision and have fun with your newly remodeled kitchen.