Kitchen Remodeling Mistakes to Avoid
Ask any homeowner what the most exciting home renovation project is, and they will most likely talk to you about kitchen remodeling. It’s an exciting process for anyone, no matter how big or small the kitchen is, or no matter how many or how little changes are being made to the overall look of the room.
When you are embarking on your kitchen remodeling for the first time, your eagerness and excitement may cause you to overlook some of the basic mistakes that can be made at the beginning. Take note of the following common kitchen remodeling mistakes and learn to avoid them before you bite off more than you can chew!
Getting Rid of Counter Space
If you are going for a more minimalist look or want more of an open-concept kitchen, you might be tempted to remove some of your countertops. But getting rid of counter space might come back to bite you in the future when you realize that you’re out of room when preparing a meal.
Instead, you should use this opportunity to add more counter space. You can use shelf supports or shelving units to add additional workspace.
Constricting the Flow of Traffic
You want to add more to your kitchen, but you need to remember that everything works in moderation. It’s too easy to get way too invested in your project by adding more things to your kitchen, such as an island or additional cabinets. However, this can restrict the flow of traffic by making the aisles and walkways way too narrow. If there is barely enough room for you to squeeze between the fridge and the island chairs just to get to the other side of the kitchen, you need to rearrange your remodeling plans ASAP.
Emphasizing Form over Function
There has to be a lot of thought that goes into developing a functional kitchen floor plan, as stated by HGTV. Of course, beauty and aesthetic appeal are very important and highly valued. But you can’t let your desire for beauty get in the way of the functionality of your kitchen altogether.
At the end of the day, your kitchen is a room that you use a lot, and you need to be able to access all parts of it easily and without hassle.
Look for things that will make your kitchen more beautiful, but don’t let that get in the way of your utility needs. Make sure there is still plenty of clearance in front of your fridge, oven, and cabinets so everything is always within easy reach.
Putting Too Much in a Small Space
Small kitchens can be renovated just as easily as larger kitchens, and there are plenty of things you can do with a small space. But inexperienced homeowners may sometimes think that filling the space with furniture and countertops is an excellent way to expand the room. But that gives you the tendency to clutter things up too easily.
Instead, opt for a design that can still add things into the space without disrupting the flow of traffic. The more "open" the look of your small kitchen is, the bigger it will seem.
Forgetting Storage Space
You might get so excited about the other elements of your new kitchen that you will forget about one very important thing: storage space! Don’t forget that a kitchen renovation is a perfect opportunity to add more space for storage in your kitchen. You don’t have to add anything major; small things like cabinet dividers, pantry pull-outs, or rotating circular racks on the counter can really make a huge difference.
Storage space helps de-clutter your kitchen’s look while offering a way to keep things neatly stacked and organized in a way that works best for you.
Renovate the Kitchen of Your Dreams!
At Sharon Stone Design, we are passionate about helping homeowners achieve their remodeling dreams. Everyone is different, and your goals and plans for your kitchen renovation are your own. Let us help you figure out the details and ensure that every aspect of your remodeling plan goes smoothly. It’s easy to make mistakes, but with the help of a professional, you can avoid those mistakes and create something that works out in every way possible.