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7 Kitchen Remodeling Mistakes to Avoid

Is this the year you’ll finally get the kitchen you always wanted? Now’s a great time to get started. Of course, while you’re looking at all the things you need, it’s important to think about the kitchen remodel dos and don’ts. We can show you the most common mistakes that homeowners make in a kitchen remodel, with alternatives that will set you on the right course.

Mistakes to Avoid When Remodeling Your South Bend Kitchen

What Should I Consider When Remodeling a Kitchen?

Kitchen remodeling requires careful consideration of a variety of things. Before you can even start to brainstorm ideas, you’ll need to figure out what you expect from these crucial design aspects:

  • Function: How you use the kitchen
  • Flow: How you get around the kitchen
  • Aesthetics: How the entire remodel aesthetic will look
  • Storage: Where you will put things when they’re not in use

Not sure where to start? Take a look at these 2021 kitchen remodeling trends.

What Should You Not Do When Remodeling a Kitchen?

You may have a long list of features that you’d love to have for your kitchen project, but there are definitely a few things you should know before you get too committed to a particular plan. Kitchen remodel mistakes can make it harder to use your kitchen or force you to fix it at a higher cost sooner than you expected. Here are a few aspects of bad kitchen designs you’ll want to avoid.

1. Failing to Plan

Every kitchen is unique and yours should be tailored to the way you want to use it. If you try to get a kitchen that looks like your neighbors, it might be missing important features like room for entertaining or a large pantry. Be honest about your expectations for the kitchen, and you’ll be able to prioritize the upgrades that you will use the most often.

2. Ignoring Function

The worst kitchen design mistakes aren’t aesthetic–they’re a matter of function. The layout of the kitchen should allow you to work in a few stations, even just one or two for a very small kitchen. If you have to scramble around the kitchen to make a sandwich, you’ll take longer and be less likely to enjoy the experience. Ensure that everything you need for each station is close to hand, with minimal extra trips.

3. Minimizing Storage

Kitchens need a lot of storage. If you’re not going to install a walk-in pantry next to the kitchen, you’ll want room for food, supplies, and cooking tools. A bad kitchen remodel fails to take storage into consideration, leaving you with open shelving or only a few cabinets. Make sure you will have enough space for most of your common goods and tools and don’t forget the small appliances.

4. Overcrowding the Space

Small kitchens still need to be functional. Countertop space is a premium, but there are lots of ways to increase it. If your kitchen only has room for a small island, it’s better to do that than to make one so large that you can barely get around. Remember that you have to be able to fully open the oven and refrigerator as well. Unsure how to maximize space? Check out our gallery for ideas.

5. Skimping on the Backsplash

If you’re looking for kitchen backsplash trends to avoid, start with that little stripe above your countertops. One of the most common backsplash mistakes is to keep it minimal because you lose function and a major design opportunity. Modern kitchens extend the backsplash to the upper cabinets and all the way to the ceiling behind the range. You can even use the backsplash as a focal point or an accent.

6. Forgetting Ventilation

Ventilation has been an afterthought for so many years in the kitchen, and thankfully that’s on the way out. If you’ve been counting on that little vent on your above-the-range microwave, it’s time to upgrade. A proper range hood with the right amount of ventilation will keep excess heat, moisture, and odd odors from permeating your kitchen.

7. Choosing Appliances Last

You can usually tell when appliances are a last-minute decision because they don’t look like they fit with the kitchen. If you want a kitchen where everything looks built-in, you’ll need appliances that fit perfectly. Make them a part of the design process, and you’ll get a flawless finish. Take a look at the seamless fit for this Cedar Street kitchen project.

Do Kitchen Remodels Pay Off?

All kitchens need remodeling eventually, and you will almost always wish you had done it a little sooner. A new kitchen dramatically improves your function and keeps your home current. When you start to look at the cost to remodel a kitchen, it’s a good idea to think about your return on investment as well. The good news is that kitchen remodeling projects have a decent ROI, about 55% to 75%.

Can You Remodel a Kitchen Yourself?

For nearly everyone, a DIY kitchen remodel is a bad idea. Just take a look at the steps to remodel a kitchen and you’ll see. There are several experts that you will typically hire to remodel your kitchen, from the initial design team to the custom cabinet makers, electricians, and plumbers. If you don’t feel comfortable running new electrical wiring or plumbing lines, much less assembling cabinetry and cutting countertops to size, you’re better off starting with a professional.

Where Do You Start When Redoing Your Kitchen?

If you’re starting to build a kitchen remodel checklist, you may be ready to interview contractors for the project. Keep in mind that the best time to remodel a kitchen is several months in advance, so you’ll want to initiate the process as soon as possible. To learn more about what Peacock & Company can do for your kitchen, schedule a free consultation.

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