As we’ve said before, the kitchen is the heart of the home, the place where meals are cooked, homework done, guests entertained, and so many good times shared.
Because of this room’s importance, it makes sense that so many homeowners are craving kitchen remodeling. Why not transform this vital space into one that reflects your aesthetic tastes and personality? But beware: There are some common kitchen remodeling mistakes to avoid:
1. Getting fixated on details. Cabinet pulls and faucets are important, yes. But ultimately, design is more important. Don’t become so fixated on the patterning of the backsplash that you situate the stove in a way that will be inconvenient on a daily basis. Keep the big picture in mind.
2. Failing to differentiate between what you want versus what you need. Flooded with choices, some homeowners become overwhelmed and forget about what they really need. Remember: The most important part of kitchen remodeling is designing a space that fulfills its function better than it did before. Make a list of what you absolutely need in order to accomplish this, then make those choices first.
3. Closing off the kitchen from the rest of the home. Once upon a time, kitchens were purely workspaces, separate from the rest of the home. But these days, kitchens really are the home’s center, and current kitchen remodeling must reflect this. Don’t create a space that’s cut off from the rest of the house, but one in which interaction with other rooms is easy and natural. Furthermore, make lounging and lingering as enjoyable as possible through comfortable seating and a roomy atmosphere.
4. Not working with a design professional. DIY kitchen remodeling tends to go awry design-wise, resulting in inefficient, uncomfortable, or even dangerous setups. Design professionals are trained and experienced in what they do, and they’ll make sure you’re not creating a faulty arrangement (electrically, functionally, structurally, etc.).
5. Choosing the wrong kitchen sink. A common kitchen remodeling mistake is selecting a kitchen sink that’s wrong for the space. This is because sink selection tends to be casual and last-minute, more of an afterthought than part of the project’s prime. But given how indispensable and visually significant the sink is, it’s best to make this a priority decision, taking into account how you use your current setup and how it could be improved.