Don’t Make These 9 Common Kitchen Remodel Mistakes

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A custom kitchen remodel can increase the efficiency, function, value, and enjoyment of your home. Unfortunately, mistakes can make the project itself a huge time and cost sink.

Here are 9 common kitchen remodel mistakes you’ll want to avoid on your next project:

1. Improper Garbage Setup

Kitchens are huge producers of garbage. Organic food waste, bottles, cans, plastic containers, wrappers, and bags need throwing out constantly to keep a kitchen clean and sanitary.

Despite how obvious the need for proper disposal might seem, many kitchen designs don’t adequately allocate space for the different types of waste kitchens create.

If you’re planning to recycle, you’ll need a separate container for your paper, glass, and recyclable plastics. You might also want to consider a trash compactor in your kitchen remodel design. Non-compacted containers can fill up quickly and take up a lot of space in your bins.

2. Excessive Trendiness

Some kitchen design concepts stay relevant for decades while others fall out of fashion after a single season. When making color, styles, and material choices, picking a brand new concept in your favorite home improvement magazine or Pinterest page could be risky.

You don’t want to feel embarrassed when people are in your kitchen five years from now. Dated styles can even make it harder to sell your home at the price you want. Kitchen remodel experts can point you towards timeless design choices.

3. Lack of Lighting

Each kitchen remodel requires 3 main types of lighting: task lighting, accent lighting, and overall illumination. Lack of task lighting could make it difficult to chop vegetables, prepare meals, and even use your cooking surfaces. Improper accent lighting can make your kitchen look really dark or dull.

Overall illumination is obviously important for everyone who uses your kitchen. When designing your lighting setup, you need to think about how natural light from your windows will affect things.

A combination of fluorescent or LED ceiling lights, strip lighting, hanging lights, and track lighting can be used to fulfill a wide range of purposes.

4. Inadequate Ventilation

Just because a meal smells delicious the night you make it doesn’t mean you want to experience its odor days later. That’s why installing cheap ventilation that doesn’t actually remove the air from your kitchen can be a big mistake in your kitchen remodel.

A quality air intake on a range hood will actually transport unwanted air outside. Not only does this remove odors, but it gets rid of excess heat from the stove top and smoke from high-temperature cooking.

Good ventilation also extends the life of your appliances, especially your refrigerator. Not making the investment here in your renovations can cost you a lot more in the long run.

5. Not Enough Storage

No kitchen really has enough space for every single tool and gadget you want, but not creating enough storage real estate for the items you use most can make preparing meals a real chore. Many kitchen remodel projects make the mistake of not taking advantage of every storage opportunity.

For example, rather than investing in high-quality custom kitchen cabinets, homeowners will use a big part of their budget to purchase visually appealing fixtures, flooring, and countertops. While the initial aesthetic flare may seem worth it, the lack of investment in storage will be painful on an everyday basis.

6. Incorrect Island Placement

Kitchen islands have been popular in kitchen remodel projects for quite a while, but improper placement can create a huge problem.

One of the biggest issues is when an island obstructs efficient workflow between important areas, mainly the refrigerator, sink, oven, and stove top. This can be caused by an island that’s too close to other kitchen components or an island installed in a space that’s simply too small.

Ideally, an island should have at least 3.5 feet of open space around it on all sides. Dimensions for your ideal kitchen island need to be measured carefully in your remodel design.

7. Counter Space Shortage

Few things are more frustrating when cooking a meal than running out of counter space. When designing counters, many homeowners make the mistake of prioritizing visual appeal over function.

During the design phase of your kitchen remodel, think carefully about the tools and gadgets you want immediate access to on your countertop as well as the space you need for preparation. You’ll also want to make sure you have enough space around the things you use most, including your sink and stove.

8. Lack of Planning

Almost any home remodeling expert will tell you that the more thorough and detailed your planning is, the easier construction will be. Still, many homeowners rush through the design phase of their custom kitchen remodel with the idea of making changes as things go along.

This can be a big mistake. Changes during construction can have unintended consequences that can cost a lot of time and money.

This is why it’s a good idea to work with a kitchen contractor who has lots of experience with the design aspect of renovations. They will help you make sure everything is covered before construction begins.

9. Going Over Budget

Every other mistake in this list leads to this one. Spending more than you budgeted for is probably the biggest worry homeowners have when making renovations.

While there is no one-size-fits-all solution to this problem, being realistic with your expectations helps. The average kitchen remodel in America costs about $21,000, but that can be higher or lower for you depending on your objectives and your area. To ensure construction does not stall, make sure you have extra funds on hand to get through unexpected problems.

Contact a Kitchen Remodeling Expert

A kitchen remodel can be very complicated and stressful but, when done right it can add a lot to the overall quality of your home. The more you know about the most common mistakes made during these projects, the more likely you are to avoid them.

Contact RM Kitchens to create an experience that has the minimal amount of delays and budget issues. We serve the Harrisburg, Hershey, Lebanon, Lancaster, York, and Reading, Pa. area for remodeling jobs. As a full-service remodeling project contractor, we provide professional designers and work with your budget. Like you, we value quality at a sensible price.