10 Common Kitchen Renovation Mistakes to Avoid

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By: Lisa Evans
Published: May 5, 2016
Last Update: February 12, 2023
If you're planning a kitchen remodel, you should plan very carefully. Do your research and seek out several different ideas and quotes. After all, it's a lengthy and expensive project that you want to last. With that said, we are here to help you decide what NOT to do to ensure you are happy with the outcome. Read below for some of the most common mistakes people make when designing and remodeling their kitchen. If you follow these tips, you will be sure to get the kitchen of your dreams. Common Kitchen Renovation Mistakes to Avoid

1. Small Stuff Equals Big Rewards

You may think that passing on some small additions to your kitchen renovation – such as small storage features that may seem costly and unnecessary – will save you money. But, in the long run, you will be happy you added on these features. Drawer dividers and pantry pullouts will give you so much storage and will make life easier and more organized. If you decide to add them on later it will cost you a lot more money.  Small Stuff Equals Big Rewards

2. Work Triangle

When you are designing your kitchen you should remember the “Work Triangle” rule. This means that your busiest areas – the stove, sink and fridge – should be placed in a location that is close to each other and located in a triangle design to make your work time more efficient. Many people don't think about this and find out later that their appliances are spread too far apart. Work Triangle

3. Counter Space

When designing your kitchen, think of counter space first because it is one of the most important parts of any kitchen. You need a good amount of counter space to make your kitchen functional. A lot of people forget about this when designing their kitchen, thinking other things are more important. If you give yourself enough space you will be happy later on. Counter Space

4. Professionals

You are likely trying to save money on your kitchen remodel, and that's smart. But what isn't smart is thinking you can do it all on your own. If you want to design the perfect space for you, doing some of the project yourself is fine. But you should at least consult a professional for some ideas and advice before going it alone. Professionals

5. Budget

Never, ever start a kitchen renovation without having a budget. Decide ahead of time what you want to do and what features are the most important for you to include. Remember that cabinets alone typically take up about one-third of your budget. Once you have a budget you are comfortable with, STICK TO IT! You will likely be tempted to go over budget but have some willpower and don't overspend. You will enjoy your kitchen a lot more if you aren't in debt over it. Budget

6. Think Ahead

Your kitchen remodel will be expensive and will be one that lasts you a long time. So think ahead to the many years you will be living in your new space and what will be important to you in the years to come. If you love to cook, you will want to make it a chef's dream kitchen. If you have a lot of kids or are planning to have a lot of children, pantry space will be important. Don't just think about today. Think about your future so you will be sure to enjoy the space for years to come. Think Ahead

7. Putting it all Together

Don't just think about the colour of your cabinets when designing the kitchen. You have to think about the big picture. This includes pairing the color of your cabinets to the backsplash, hardware, flooring and paint color. If you don't have this all figured out before you start your selection process you will begin to feel overwhelmed and could make decisions that you aren't happy with in the end.  Putting it all Together

8. Appliances

Before you choose your cabinets and countertops you must choose your appliances. Many people wait until after their cabinets are installed to choose their fridge and stove. But that means you have to choose whatever will fit into the space. That oversized fridge you wanted may no longer fit into the space allotted by your cabinet design. So choose your appliances first to ensure they will fit. Appliances

9. Cabinet Storage

In today's world there is no excuse for skimming on cabinet storage because there are so many cool and unique ways to incorporate the space into your kitchen. Incorporating pantries and cabinet door shelving are a great way to maximize your space and give you the most out of your new kitchen.Cabinet Storage

10. Have Fun

Designing your kitchen can be a stressful adventure. But try to have fun with it. Remember that your kitchen is part of your home so make it feel that way. Don't get caught up in tones and high-end additions. Make it your own style. A good way to do this is to decide what art work you want to hang in the space and work around that piece. You can play with color and make your kitchen reflect your family life. Whatever you decide on, make sure you have fun!Have Fun