Remodeling a kitchen is one of the best ways to improve your home. A kitchen remodeling project will immediately increase your home’s resale value, and because your kitchen is used so frequently, it will make your home more comfortable, attractive, and functional. In order for a kitchen remodeling project to be successful, however, it needs to be performed perfectly from start to finish, and there are a number of things that could go wrong during a remodel.
During a project with this large of a scope, there are a number of common kitchen remodeling mistakes that homeowners can be victim to. The best way to make sure that you avoid these pitfalls is to work with a remodeling contractor you know that you can trust. At Seattle Style Remodel & Landscape, our professional Kirkland remodeling contractors can work with you to create the perfect design for your home’s kitchen, and we can provide exceptional construction services.
Here are a few of the most common kitchen remodeling mistakes, along with what you can do to avoid them:
Designing an Inefficient Layout
The layout of your kitchen is an essential part of the design, and the design of your new kitchen is the backbone of your project. The best way to ensure that you have a great layout is to make sure you’ll always have access to:
- Your refrigerator
- Your oven and/or stove
- Your sink
You should make sure that the layout you design keeps these three things near each other, but that none block access to the others. These are the most frequently used parts of your kitchen, and once you’re working in the kitchen, having easy access to them is extremely important. When you’re working on the design of your kitchen, a lack of access to these parts of the kitchen might not jump out at you, but it will be very apparent when you’re actually working in the space.
Not Giving Yourself Enough Space
Many homeowners (and many remodeling contractors, for that matter) focus much of their attention on the more visually appealing aspects of the kitchen, like the flooring, counters, and appliances. These things are very important, but what’s more important to a great kitchen design is what you can’t see.
Counter space is an extremely important part of any kitchen’s design, but if that counter space has to be used for things that could otherwise be stored in cabinets, it will be wasted. Take an inventory of your appliances and dishes, and make sure that you have plenty of space for storage.
Our remodeling contractors will be able to help you find some creative design solutions to help you maximize your storage space.
Making Your Kitchen Too Trendy
You want your home’s kitchen to be attractive, and after you have it remodeled, it definitely should be. But it’s also important to make sure that you’re not too focused on current trends when you’re trying to make it attractive.
Design trends are very short-lived for the most part. Even if they stay up to date for 5-10 years, you probably won’t be able to remodel your kitchen that frequently. Our experts recommend that you focus on functionality with a classic appearance.