Remodelling your kitchen can be a great chance to improve its overall look. It’s also a great way to set it apart if you’re trying to sell your property. A brand new modern looking kitchen is always a plus with prospective buyers and it’s one of the make or break areas on most homes sales. Unfortunately, a lot of people end up making crucial mistakes when remodelling their kitchen. Here are some of the common kitchen remodelling mistakes you should avoid at all costs.
Not Considering the Workflow
Yes, one of the main points of remodeling a kitchen is to make it look nice. However, kitchens can be very busy areas, and if you spend a lot of time in the kitchen, you should make sure that it is functional first and foremost. Identify the busiest spots – the stove, the sink, the refrigerator – and make sure that every key area is located efficiently in relation to one another. This is commonly called as the “work triangle” in design circles since these key areas usually form a triangle in the kitchen. That triangle needs to be totally unobstructed to facilitate workflow.
Neglecting the Lights
Lighting plays a central role in the design of any room and there are few rooms where this is truer than in the kitchen. As a rule, lighting should account for about 10% of your remodeling budget, so make it count. Nicely placed lights under the cabinets can bring your countertops back to life and make them more convenient as well. You should also go for hanging lights over recessed ones as they will provide better illumination.
Going for Hardwood Floors
For some reason, some designers thought that using hardwood floors was a great way to make kitchens look more rustic and bring back that old time charm. Unless this is for your cabin, steer clear of hardwood floors at all costs. They have a tendency to warp and the last place you want to install hardwood is in a high traffic area that is prone to spills.
Not Including New Appliances
While many designers will focus mainly on floor plans and kitchen elements, sometimes, all it could take is replacing your current appliances for new ones. For instance, you could go for all black appliances for a sleeker look, or replace all your appliances with stainless steel. A cohesive look across the kitchen is really what will give it its charm, with a few stand out elements here and there.
You should also think about adding appliances that will make your kitchen more functional, such as a garbage disposal unit for instance. Garbage disposals are very convenient, eco-friendly and easy to maintain. There are also all types of models available for all budgets. If you don’t know which model to pick, the Waste King l 8000 is a good entry level unit that is easy to install and comes with a lifetime warranty.
If you manage to steer clear from these few mistakes, you next remodelling project should be a success. Just remember to be reasonable in your choices and focus on functionality first instead of pure aesthetics.