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Kitchen Remodel Mistakes

You’re finally taking steps to renovate your kitchen! It’s been a long time coming, and you’ve been thinking about it, drawing up plans, and endlessly scrolling Pinterest for design styles and decor tips. Now it’s almost time to take action.

But before you start, pause for a second to consider the potential pitfalls of what you’re about to do.

Don’t Do This!

Remodeling your kitchen is no small feat, and it’s not exactly cheap, either. You need to dot all your i’s and cross your t’s before you start demolishing, tearing out, and building back up. To make sure things get done right, you should first know how things can go wrong. When you can recognize renovation mistakes, it’s easier to avoid them.

Poor Layout

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Know the golden rule of kitchen design: the work triangle. You should be able to move seamlessly from the fridge to the sink to the cooktop. When these areas flow well together, you’re on the right path to designing an ideal kitchen. But assuming that the kitchen triangle is the be-all-end-all of kitchen design would also be a mistake.

All too often, we see designs that feature drawers that open into each other, appliances placed at awkward, inaccessible angles, and cupboard doors that swing into walkway aisles or open away from working spaces. Primary traffic paths that intersect the triangle are frequent missteps that often lead to congestion as people try to move through the kitchen. All in all, these layout features can really inhibit your efficiency. 

Bad Lighting

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A kitchen needs to be well-lit. Technically, every room in a home should be well-lit to serve its purpose, but inadequate lighting can have consequences when it comes to the kitchen. Don’t make the mistake of under-lighting your kitchen, and don’t assume that just because you have recessed overhead lighting, that those alone will be enough to light the entire space.

You need a combination of recessed overhead lighting, task lighting—most often found on the underside of your upper cabinets to illuminate your countertops—and wall-mounted accent lighting. Together, these fixtures will light your space brightly and evenly, allowing you to work safely and enjoy your kitchen’s ambiance. If you’re concerned about it being too bright, install dimmer switches for each fixture.

Trying to Save Bad Cabinetry

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Your cabinets probably get some of the heaviest daily use out of all your kitchen features, which is why it’s important for them to be sturdy and secure. If you’re planning a renovation but the price of new cabinets makes you balk, you may be considering just resurfacing or refacing them. These are great options – that is, if you’re working with good bones. 

Because they get so much wear and tear, and bear so much weight, it’s crucial that your cabinets are structurally sound. Do not reface sagging, moldy, or damaged cabinets. The short-term cost might be more affordable, but you may find yourself shelling out down the road when it all gives out.

If refacing is a good option for you, don’t skimp out on materials. Buy quality doors and hardware that can keep up with your daily grind. 

Going in Without a Plan

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Via Forgemind Archimedia Flickr

Understanding the order in which a renovation should be completed can help avoid elements that look messy, tacked on, or like last-minute additions. This approach will also ensure that the remodeling process moves smoothly, and you can plan to stagger labor and the delivery of materials for a more organized workflow.

Like the aforementioned cabinets, don’t try to save a feature that’s past its prime. If you have an old stove that could go in a few years, don’t build your kitchen around it. If your linoleum floors are peeling, replacing them now will be much easier than laying flooring around a new renovation in the near future.

While you may not have initially anticipated the expenditure, having the forethought to freshen up these elements now will save you time, effort, and money down the road.

Absolutely Do This: Pick The Right Team

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Here’s our number one tip for ensuring a beautiful, quality result, and a smooth remodeling process: get the right team on board.

When you work with Foley Companies, you can be confident that our experts are creating a kitchen that you’ll love for years to come. We have years of experience remodeling Northern Virginia homes, assuring that you’ll avoid these classic kitchen mistakes. Just share your vision and let us get to work. Connect with us today, and let’s talk about it.

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