Kitchen Renovation Mistakes You Should Avoid

February 27, 2020

Most people believe that kitchen renovations are tasks that can often break the bank. However, it is not often the case. You can definitely stick to the budget and save money on your kitchen renovation by avoiding common mistakes. Below are some, as well as ideas on how you can avoid them.

Wasted Spaces

Even in big kitchens, create a compact step-saving work core. You don’t want to walk a mile to make a meal, or even worse, generate dead space within the room. Pick areas that will work hard during meal prep, dining, and family time. A breakfast nook, for example, is the perfect way to add style without sacrificing too many steps.

Narrow Aisles

Kitchen aisles need to be wide enough to accommodate all that goes on in a kitchen. Clearance helps multiple cooks navigate the space and maneuver around each other. When designing your new kitchen, make sure all aisles—such as those between islands, walls, and appliances—are between 42 and 48 inches wide. Also consider offsetting the placement of key features, such as sinks and the range, so two cooks don’t bump into one another.

Non-Functional Designs

Your kitchen needs to be beautiful, yes. But more importantly, it needs to be functional. When planning the space, consider the size and direction of doors, appliances, and cabinets. Fridges often need wide clearance, as do ovens. Take a walk through the space and plan door openings to ensure that you don’t create a cramped kitchen.

Overloaded and Oversized Kitchen Islands

In a big room, two islands are often better than one. It’s a mistake to supersize an island, because anything longer than 10 feet is hard to walk around. And if an island is more than 4 feet deep, it’s hard to reach the middle. Overstuffing an island with dinnerware, baskets, and other items creates a similar problem. Make sure no island storage extends beyond the rim of the countertop.

Overwhelming Kitchen Spaces

In a small kitchen, a small peninsula often works better than an island. Keep your space in mind every step of the way to ensure the best remodel possible. Don’t overwhelm a small space, as there are plenty of options available for a variety of sizes and layouts.

Post-Renovation Changes

Get all your ducks in a row before you begin your kitchen remodel, because delays and changes midstream can send costs soaring. Do your homework and think through every choice ahead of time. Then be sure to check that everything has arrived before the contractor is ready to install.

Insufficient Storage

You can’t just string up boxes. A good design tailors storage to fit items used in specific areas. And between open storage, cabinets, shelves, and more, there are hundreds of different storage options available. Also consider the goal of the remodel. If you are going for a sleek look and choose glass door cabinets, keep the contents streamlined and unfussy as well.

Impulsive Design Suggestion

Materials can look a lot different in a showroom than they do in your actual space. Don’t commit to any major design element—such as flooring or countertop materials—until you’ve brought the samples home to look at them in the space you’re remodeling. You may also want to consider testing the samples under lighting similar to what will be used in the new space.

Contact the top-rated experts at Trim Joinery and you will receive excellent advice, designs, and professionally built cabinetry to organise and modernise your kitchen renovation.

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