Whether you’re renovating for your own enjoyment or to increase the overall value of your home, kitchen renovations can be a huge undertaking. In order to help minimize unnecessary costs, undue stress and lengthy renovations, we’ve compiled this list of common renovation mistakes to avoid.
- Not Containing Renovation Mess
Renovations are messy and there’s not much you can do to completely avoid the paint splatter, dust and debris. But covering surfaces and hanging plastic sheeting can help minimize the damage done to permanent fixtures or the rest of your home.
- Going Over Budget
Costs can get away from you pretty easily during a kitchen remodel as small, forgotten costs add up. Taking the time to do your research, prioritize features and create a thorough budget can help keep you on task.
- Selecting Appliances Too Late
When renovating your kitchen, you may think that selecting appliances comes after all the work of selecting and installing cabinets and counters. However, choosing your appliances first makes it much easier to build your kitchen to fit them, instead of trying to find appliances that exactly fit the spaces left for them.
- Underestimating the Function of Space
From countertops to drawers and cabinets, the most important thing to plan in your kitchen is space. Don’t compromise on counter space and consider using toe-kick storage drawers for less frequently used items. Storage shelves can be quite stylish and help to free up surface space, as well. With careful planning, you can ensure the maximum efficiency of space in any kitchen of any size.
- Not Exercising Your Creativity
A kitchen renovation is a great time to express yourself and think outside the box. Try playing with bold colors incorporated in features like your backsplash, which can often be overlooked. Or consider that cabinets and hutches can provide not only storage, but you can include neat features like built-in whiteboards on the doors to provide added functionality.
- Not Making an Overall Plan
There are two things to consider in the grand scheme of your kitchen: workflow and aesthetics. Each consideration requires planning of every small detail. Consider concepts like the “work triangle” when determining the layout of the kitchen and where different elements should be in relation to one another. Likewise, consider how all the colors and design elements work together in creating your beautiful new kitchen.
- Not Asking for Help When You Need It
From consulting a design expert to hiring a professional kitchen remodeling firm, there are many ways experts can help ensure your project stays on track, on time and is done right. At Rebuilding Michigan, our experienced staff from designers to carpenters are trained and capable of making your dream kitchen a reality. Call us today at 800-786-0100 for your free, no obligation estimate!