You have finally decided to take the plunge and renovate your kitchen. You are probably dreaming of how it will look when it’s finished. It’s an exciting time, but make sure you don’t jump into it blindly.
There are several mistakes that you will want to avoid when tackling this project. It will save you a lot of time and money in the future if you are prepared.
Let’s take a look at some very crucial mistakes that renovators make in the kitchen:
Not Staying Within The Budget
Once a budget is in place, don’t go overspending on all the extras that will break the bank.
Stick to your budget and leave room for error. There are usually extra expenses that come up when renovating, so make sure there is a little padding to cover it.
Choosing The Cheapest Contractor
As mentioned above, you want to stay within your budget, but you also want to avoid hiring the least expensive contractor to do the job. Unless you have seen their work, usually the cheapest contractor doesn’t have the experience or skill of a higher priced renovator.
This doesn’t mean you should hire the most expensive contractor, but just be aware of the work that is being provided in comparison to the price.
An article from HGTV recommends getting specific details on each estimate that you get from a contractor. This way, you will avoid extra add-on costs that some contractors will tack on after the job has started.
Choosing The Wrong Kitchen Flooring
When choosing your kitchen flooring, keep your lifestyle in mind.
If you have dogs or cats, a hardwood floor may not be the choice for you. Their claws can easily scratch the wood just by walking or running around the house.
Young children can also be rough on wood floors, so those points should be taken into consideration. Ceramic tile may be a better option if that is the case. It is easy to clean and won’t scratch.
Breaking Up The Work Triangle
You never want to break up the work triangle. Doing so will make cooking less efficient.
You can move around the refrigerator, sink and stove, but make sure when you reposition them, they stay in the triangular position. This makes preparing meals much simpler and is the golden rule for kitchen design.
Less Counter And Cabinet Space
If you are remodeling your kitchen, adding counter and cabinet space is ideal. Giving yourself less counter space to cook and prepare meals is probably something you will regret in the long run.
Adding extra cabinets or a pantry gives you more storage and places to put your small appliances. You will avoid clutter on the counters and make your kitchen more functional as well.
Don’t Go Overboard On Trends
If there is something very popular or trendy, you may want to avoid going overboard with it.
As fast as trends come in, they go out. If your kitchen is completely decked out in the latest style, in a few years it will look very dated and need to be remodeled again.
This doesn’t mean you should avoid trends completely. Just don’t take the current style to the next level to where it cannot be easily changed.
Now that you have an idea of what could go wrong during a kitchen renovation, you can stay away from it.
You are basically the one in control of your remodel, even if someone else is doing the work for you. Keep on top of it and be present during the work, to make sure things are being done properly and to your specifications.
Once your kitchen is complete, you will be able to sit back and and enjoy all of the benefits it has to offer. Your family and friends can gather and enjoy your company and your home value will increase as well.
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