Common Mistakes Homeowners Make During Their Kitchen Remodels
One of the most popular projects that homeowners take on is kitchen remodeling, and it’s easy to see why. Kitchens are so frequently use, and for so many different purposes, that remodeling a kitchen can significantly improve the appearance, comfort, and functionality of an entire home. However, there a number of things that could go wrong during a kitchen remodel, and it’s very important that you look out for some of the common pitfalls that make these projects less than totally satisfactory.
There are a few mistakes that homeowners commonly make when they’re remodeling their kitchens, and the best way to make sure that you avoid those pitfalls is to carefully plan the project and its design. At Cothron Contracting, our professional Tampa Bay general contractors can help you plan every aspect of your kitchen remodel and ensure that the project goes well from beginning to end.
Here are a few of the most common mistakes that homeowners make during kitchen remodeling projects and what you can do to avoid them:
Designing a Bad Layout
When you’re planning the layout of your new kitchen, there are three parts that you’ll want to make sure you have quick and easy access to at all times:
- Your refrigerator
- Your oven and stove-top
- Your sink
A great kitchen design gives you easy access to these things at all times. They should be close enough to each other that they’re always in reach, but they also shouldn’t ever block access to one another. When you’re designing your Tampa Bay home’s new kitchen, you might not notice the lack of access to these features, but once you’re working in the kitchen regularly, it will be frustrating and problematic.
Not Giving Yourself Enough Storage Space
It’s easy, unfortunately, to focus too heavily on the aesthetic aspects of a kitchen remodeling project during the design stages, like the flooring, counters, and appliances. These aspects of the project are certainly important, but what’s more important to a kitchen’s design are the elements that you can’t see.
Having enough counter space is one of the most important parts of a kitchen’s design, but if that counter space will need to house some of your appliances that could otherwise be stored away, it will be wasted. Take an inventory of smaller appliances, pots and pans, and other kitchen items, and make sure that your new kitchen design leaves you plenty of space for these things.
Designing a Kitchen That’s Too Trendy
You want your Tampa Bay home’s new kitchen to look great, but it’s important to remember that if it’s too trendy, it will look dated very quickly. Unless you’re planning remodeling your kitchen again within the next 5-10 years, you may want to steer clear of any design trends that veer too far away from “classic”, even if you don’t want it to look traditional.