It’s an exciting time when you’re planning to remodel your kitchen. You’re dreaming of creating a kitchen that will not only be more functional but also more beautiful. A remodeled kitchen also adds value to your property.
However, in order to make sure you get everything you should from your kitchen remodel, you want to be sure to avoid the mistakes homeowners commonly make. Here are 7 frequent errors you want to be sure to avoid:
1. Choosing a Design That Will Soon Be Out of Style
Do you love following the latest kitchen design trends?
While a kitchen remodel is an opportunity to make your kitchen more stylish, you want to be sure the style you choose won’t soon be out of date. Instead, a timeless design will elevate the look of your kitchen and also preserve the long-time value of your kitchen.
2. Installing Too Little of Lighting
Will your kitchen have all the lighting you will need?
Kitchens require multiple lighting options for all the different activities that will take place there. First, you want to make sure you have plenty of ambient light from bright overhead lights and windows. Also, you want to make sure you have especially bright task lighting that you can turn on when you’re performing detailed kitchen work like chopping with a knife. In addition, you may also want additional accessory lights to create a mood for entertaining.
3. Placing Your Power Outlets Randomly
Do you know where your appliances will be located in your new kitchen design?
When you’re planning your kitchen remodel, power outlets may not be top of mind. However, you want to make sure you’ll have outlets where you’ll need them. In order for your kitchen to be truly functional, the outlets need to be close enough so that you won’t have to run extension cords as part of your daily routine.
4. Not Planning for Enough Counterspace
Will you new kitchen have enough counterspace for multiple simultaneous activities?
In order to make a smaller kitchen seem larger, homeowners sometimes sacrifice countertops. However, you want to make sure there will be enough space to prepare dishes, wash up, and also eat and socialize. While you don’t want your countertops to become cluttered, there should also be enough room for your everyday appliances like a coffeemaker or toaster.
5. Forgetting About Ventilation
Will you be able to rapidly air out your new kitchen?
Kitchens get hot and also smelly. While it’s wonderful to have home-cooked meals, you need to be able to deal with all the heat, grease, odors that come with meal preparation. The solution is to invest in an effective ventilation system that will circulate the air without using up too much energy.
6. Neglecting to Prepare for All the Storage You Will Need
Have you allocated space for every item you’ll want to keep in your new kitchen?
When you’re clearing out your kitchen for the remodel, take the opportunity to streamline your belongings so that your new kitchen won’t be overstuffed with things you never use. Carefully consider all the pots, pans, dishes, utensils, appliances and food you’ll want to keep in your new kitchen, and make sure there is a designated spot for each item.
7. Ignoring Experts
Have you sought out expert help in planning your kitchen remodel?
It can be tempting and seemingly more cost-effective to want to DIY your entire kitchen remodel. However, if you ignore the experts, you could end up with some expensive mistakes. A small upfront investment at the beginning of your remodel project could save you both hassles and money in the long-run.
Do you want to make sure you don’t make any critical mistakes as you plan your new kitchen remodel? Our expert team here at RTA Wood Cabinets will give you a FREE kitchen design layout to make sure your plans are sound. Give us a call at: 1-800-788-7575.