Remodeling your kitchen is often a big, important project with plenty of variables and little details to consider. While it’s critical to maintain an aesthetic and optimally functional kitchen, many homeowners neglect to look at the big picture. If your kitchen cannot be effectively utilized, little details won’t matter. You wouldn’t want a magnificent island kitchen only to realize too late that there is not enough passable space.
In order to avoid such design gaffes, first, consider what you don’t want in your kitchen and keep that at the forefront of your blueprint. Always ensure that the necessity of space is preserved. This will help you achieve the kitchen of your dreams. With that being said, in knowing what to avoid during a kitchen remodel, start with these tips.
Don’t neglect the high-traffic areas
Keep in mind that your busiest kitchen areas are almost always the sink, stove, and refrigerator – also known as the “work triangle.” Ensure these items remain in a relevant and efficient location. Their relation to one another is tantamount to anything else.
Don’t choose your major appliances last
Speaking of which, you should be designing your kitchen around items like your fridge, sink, oven/range, and dishwasher, not the other way around.
Don’t skimp on counter space
As one of the most important elements of your kitchen, counter space should not be cut back. Extend where you can, and consider shelving to gain more space for your counters.
Don’t forget your budget
As with any home remodel project, create a budget and stick to it. This will mean deciding what features are most important in your kitchen so you can apportion accordingly. FYI: cabinets will wind up being the most expensive contribution – about a third of your budget.
Don’t miss out on storage space
Since your cabinets will be a huge part of the budget, ensure that they will offer maximum cabinet space. Consider storage areas like pantries and super cabinets to get the most out of storage space. If necessary, think beyond traditional cabinet and storage placement for better opportunities.
Don’t fail to properly ventilate
Ensure that you install a proper ventilation system. Burning happens now and then, as well as having steamy and smoky kitchens. Not only will it smell, it could set off fire alarms, damage your lungs, and even damage the walls in your house.
Don’t overlook the big picture
Small details are what will make a kitchen your own. But big details are what count the most. Think how you’ll tie together cabinet hardware with your backsplash treatment, flooring, lighting, and wall color.
Don’t think you’ll be able to do this yourself
Many homeowners fancy themselves aspiring designers and decorators. But even DIY types would best be served by a consultation from a kitchen design expert. Tips, advice, recommendations, and fine-tuning your remodel plan are what professional experts are there for.
Flooring & Kitchen Designs of Littleton has over 30 years of experience in the flooring and kitchen remodeling industry, with 20 years of service in the Littleton, MA area. We are also proud to be LEED certified, eco-friendly, and offer quality products fit into every budget. If you are in need of a kitchen remodel assistance, contact us today for a consultation.