Top 5 Kitchen Remodeling Mistakes to Avoid

When it comes to remodeling your kitchen, there are many potential pitfalls. While working with a good, reputable design team can help you prevent many mistakes, all homeowners should be aware of five mistakes to avoid when remodeling your kitchen:

1. Forgetting the Big Picture

When you are overwhelmed with things like tile samples, different colors and types of countertops, a wide variety of cabinet colors, surfaces and styles, not to mention flooring and appliances, getting lost in the details is extremely easy. However, try to remember the big picture of how everything should look together when complete and how the entire layout of the kitchen should flow.

2. DIY Disaster

There are many do-it-yourself (DIY) television shows, magazines, blogs and books out there, most of which make designing and remodeling a kitchen an easy task. However, unless you are a professional interior designer or contractor, there are numerous details involved in the process that can add serious time and money for those caught unaware.

3. Inadequate Storage and Room

While taking out cabinets to put in a wine cooler may seem like a great idea, most people end up wishing that they had added more storage to the kitchen instead of less. Remember to put in plenty of cabinets, hidden drawers and storage areas and even a pantry or additional storage area if necessary.

Furthermore, remember that the kitchen is usually the busiest area of the home. Allow plenty of room for traffic, including multiple people cooking, standing and even eating in the kitchen at the same time.

4. Lights, Camera, Action!

Another common mistake in the kitchen remodeling world is not putting in enough lighting. Consider adding plenty of energy-efficient windows, track lighting, pot lights and countertop lights to add or turn off lights as needed. There should also be lights over the sink, stove and kitchen island.

5. Keeping Up With the Neighborhood

When you are remodeling your kitchen, keep your budget and needs in mind. Sure, everyone else on the block may be choosing certain appliances or design style, but if the remodel does not fit your personal taste, needs or budget, you may be looking at a disaster in the making. Find someone who will work with your budget and be specific about what it is you want before work starts.

What advice would you offer someone who is planning a kitchen remodel?

Contact Dartmouth Building Supply Design Center for information about mistakes to avoid when remodeling your kitchen.