Before you begin tearing out cabinets and shopping for new appliances, there are a few things to consider first. Use these questions to avoid the most common kitchen remodeling mistakes and save time, money, and headaches.
Do you plan to stay or sell?
Unless you’re about to list your home in the next year or two, you should rehab your kitchen with your lifestyle in mind, not buyers. Go ahead and add your personal touch.
Are you keeping in line with the home’s architectural integrity?
Make sure your new kitchen design preserves the home’s basic style. The last thing you want to do is make it look like your kitchen belongs at another house. If you have a mid-century or historic home, make changes that match the overall style of the home but still meets the functionality of your family’s needs.
Are you investing in the right cabinets?
New cabinets can be a considerable chunk of a renovation budget. One of the largest kitchen remodeling mistakes homeowners make is slicing the budget and installing bargain cabinets. Don’t! Cheap cabinets aren’t the way to go. Invest in quality-built cabinets that will look great and function well for years.
If you don’t have the budget for new cabinets, consider refinishing them, replacing old doors, and adding updated hardware. Read here for the pros and cons.
Are you choosing your appliances wisely?
Quality appliances are great but choose wisely. Don’t make the mistake of buying more than you need for your lifestyle. Be honest with yourself and consider how often you use your kitchen appliances. Then, only buy what you need for your family size and usage.
Is your design functional or too trendy?
A popular design is the beautiful open shelving with all the bowls and glasses stacked so perfectly. Let’s be realistic, shall we? How often do you think it will look that perfectly organized in daily life? Maybe you do! But, keep in mind that trends don’t always equal practical for many families. Make sure your design is current, but also fits your lifestyle.
Everything should have its place. Take inventory of what you have and how you will need to store it.
Does the design maximize headroom?
Many older kitchens leave space above the cabinets. The dead space creates clutter, dust, and “dates” the kitchen.
Most remodeling experts recommend taking your cabinetry to the ceiling. If you can’t replace all the cabinets in the kitchen, fill the spaces with false cabinetry. It will make your room look bigger even if your ceilings are low.
Do you need help avoiding common kitchen remodel mistakes?
If you want your home to hold its value, functionality, style, and avoid the most common kitchen remodeling mistakes, investing in a professional can be the way to go. After all, the kitchen is the heart of the home and where everyone congregates. You want it to be stylish and functional.
Are you ready to start a kitchen remodel and need a general contractor? CL Webb Construction can help you with your home renovation. Whether your project is big or small, we have the talent and expertise to complete your home improvement dreams. Contact us today, and let’s talk. 479.595.3309