Before starting a kitchen remodel there are a ton of things to consider. There’s a lot of things the average person will overlook. Whether you’re a DIY handyman or just think you can handle a full kitchen remodel, there’s a reason people professionals. Below is a list of mistakes homeowners make when doing a remodel.
A very trendy addition to a kitchen remodel is the center island. Typically these match the rest of your counter tops but sometimes an offsetting wood island blends great with the rest of the kitchen style. Center islands are trending more than ever and for good reason, but typical designs are built too large for the intended kitchen space. Homeowners many times use up an unnecessary amount of space with the island. The counter top should be big enough to be usable but not overcrowd the rest of the kitchen. Dimensions typically run around anywhere for 3 to 5 feet wide and no more than 10 feet long.
Storage space is one of the most important things to consider with a home remodel. This area of the kitchen will get the most usage and you don’t want to be stingy with space. The more the better. You want to carefully plan how much space you will use and where to put them. Be sure to put opening and closing into consideration. Typically, you need 4 to 6 feet of space above or near the dishwasher for glasses and dishes. Pots and pans need the same amount of space but should be near the stove top. Most kitchens also have a spot that can hide at the least a 30 quart trash been close to the sink or dishwasher.
Most people don’t think about prep lighting when remodel their home. Often times your over head main lights are bright, but can cast shadows in areas of the kitchen making it hard to see. Wiht under cabinet lighting, something many overlook, you can take away the shadows making prepping and cooking much easier. They also provide for great night lights during the late hours so that you’re not walking in complete dark but aren’t blinded by your bright main lights.
Use the Pros
On of the biggest mistakes a homeowner can make when doing a remodel, is not using the best of the best contractor. Many times homeowners want to do it themselves and overlook the very important details. This only causes more problems and cost you more money down the line. You must do your research and find the most trusted and reliable remodel company. Plan and communicate your goal with them. You are putting your home in the hands of someone else with full trust, so make sure you are using the best possible company you can find.
Changing Your Mind
Another huge mistake homeowners doing a remodel make is changing their minds. This can end up costing them way more money, and it makes things difficult on the crew. Many times something will be in process and isn’t done and a homeowner will come in and say “I don’t like that, I want to change that.” All before the final product is completed. When a change is made it typically adds about $1500 to the total of the remodel per change. Find an idea you and a contractor like, trust them, and stick to the plan.