• 10 Kitchen Remodeling Mistakes You Want To Avoid

    10 Kitchen Remodeling Mistakes You Want To Avoid

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    October 11, 2016

    Remodeling your kitchen can be very daunting if you’ve never gone through the extensive process before.

    Therefore, we want to help you get off on the right foot so you can turn your kitchen remodeling project into one of the most fun and fulfilling home projects you’ll ever take on.

    Here are some of the most common mistakes people make when remodeling their kitchen and how you can avoid them…

    1.  Going Over Budget: Remember to set a budget and stick to it.  Factor in an extra percentage for any construction surprises that pop up or some add-ons you didn’t think of when you started your remodel (hopefully this article will help with that).

    2.  Forgetting Efficiency:  A kitchen definitely needs to look great.  It also has to be fully functional and efficient.  It’s very common to forget add-ons and storage features.  For instance, did you factor in enough cabinet space?  Do you have the right amount of drawer dividers?  Do you need a lazy susan?  Do you need pantry pullouts?  Think through these design features upfront as it’s more expensive to add them on later.

    3.  Insufficient Counter Space:  Make sure you have plenty of counter space.  You can also add shelving supports and decorative corbels to your kitchen to really maximize the space.

    4.  Allowing Debris in Other Areas:  Protect your walls, carpets, flooring, and the rest of each room from dust, nails, paint drippings, or other trash and debris during your remodel.  Constantly clean, dust, and vacuum during and after your remodel.

    5.  Improper Workflow:  Your refrigerator, sink, and stove must be efficiently located together.  If they’re placed inconveniently or too far apart it can make cooking and traffic flow more burdensome.

    6.  Thinking of the Kitchen as Just Another Room:  The kitchen is typically the centerpiece of a home; not just for cooking but also socializing.  Your remodel needs to reflect that.  Kitchens also tend to add to a home’s resale value.  The kitchen is an extremely important room and must never be taken lightly during a remodel.

    7.  Not Putting All the Puzzle Pieces Together:  Remodeling a kitchen is no different than putting together a work of art or solving a puzzle; all the pieces must come together and fit perfectly.  Cabinets, sink, faucet, appliances, backsplash, decorations, wall hangings, colors, paint, flooring, and hardware should all be considered.

    8.  Selecting Appliances Last:  You must choose your appliances first.  This is extremely important.  Then choose cabinets and countertops to fit around them.  Remember a kitchen is for cooking and you need to have the appliances that will give you the best cooking experience.

    9.  Too Little Cabinet Storage:  We touched on this earlier — but it’s important to emphasize here.  You must think through your cabinet and pantry space.  Get the most out of your cabinets.  Make sure your panty is suitable for your size family.  If you’re going to spend the time, effort, and money to remodel your kitchen — it needs to have everything you want.  A big part of that is storage.

    And last but not least…

    10.  Designing a Kitchen Without Expert Help:  Designing a kitchen is not easy for even the most seasoned designers.  There is a vast amount of detail that goes into designing a kitchen — PLUS everything needs to be done in a very logical progression from “ideation” through “installation.”  One misstep or oversight can be very costly.

    At the Edge showroom, you can work with a seasoned, educated, expert kitchen designer for no additional cost. That’s the Edge difference. Just let them know your kitchen and appliance measurements and they’ll help you select everything you need for your dream kitchen. They can also work with you on installation if you need a contractor. Stop in or make an appointment with an Edge kitchen and bath designer by calling 1-708-343-3900.