5 Kitchen Remodeling Mistakes To Avoid
Thinking of remodelling your kitchen? Everyone has a vision of the type of kitchen they’d love to have in their home. Unfortunately, many people can get so caught up following this vision that they forget about some of the practical elements. Here are just a few common mistakes to avoid when remodelling your kitchen.
Sacrificing countertop space
Having lots of countertop space can be useful, especially nowadays with the growing amount of countertop appliances on the market (e.g. microwaves, kettles, toasters, slow cookers etc.). Think twice before culling your countertops. If you need space for another refrigerator or cupboard, think about placing this in another room or look for options that may be able to fit under your countertop.
Ignoring the workflow
When changing the layout of your kitchen, be careful of disrupting the workflow. The most practical kitchens use the ‘work triangle’ which involves having your refrigerator, oven and sink in a triangle shape so that you can easily move between them all. Try to preserve this triangle if you can. Be careful of installing a breakfast bar or island that may disrupt this.
Attempting it all yourself
If you’re a dab hand at DIY, taking on the whole kitchen renovation project yourself may seem like a great way to save money. However, you should be careful of taking on certain tasks that involve electrics or gas plumbing – in some states, taking on these jobs can be illegal without a license. Something as simple as changing a light fitting may not be breaking any laws, but if you’re rewiring the entire kitchen or relocating your oven, you’re probably best hiring the pros.
Having no budget
Most people borrow money to renovate their kitchen, but without a clear budget you could find yourself taking out multiple loans and putting yourself in a lot of debt. Try to set yourself a clear spending limit so you don’t go too crazy. Ideally, you want to save up as much funds as possible – by shopping around for the best CD rates and making a few cutbacks to your spending, you can save up the money more easily. Make sure to collect multiple quotes from contractors and shop around for materials.
Not considering the ROI
ROI (return on investment) is an important factor to take into account. The improvements you make to your kitchen could affect the value of your home, which could be important if you one day plan on selling up. For example, bold colour schemes and wild patterns could lower the value of your home by make it less attractive to the majority of buyers – neutral colour schemes meanwhile could raise the value. You may also want to consider the running costs of any appliances you choose to replace. Whilst there are plenty of cheap second-hand ovens out there, some of these may not be very energy-efficient leading to higher energy bills, whilst others may require more maintenance – in such cases you could be better off investing in a mid-range new oven that costs you less in the long run.