Common Mistakes to Avoid When Redesigning Your KitchenCapitol Design Build
The kitchen is the heart of any home. It’s where family and friends gather, where kids get their homework done, and where the chef of the home reigns supreme. If your kitchen layout is less than ideal and you want to revamp the design, we’re here to help. Here are a few tips to help you avoid common mistakes that folks make when going through this process.
Losing Track of Your Budget
If you don’t set a budget for this job, the costs can get away from you before you know it. Start with an amount you can afford and stick to it. As the process goes along, make sure you are staying on track to avoid cost overruns.
Not Considering Traffic Flows
The layout of your kitchen is a key factor in the remodeling process. Make sure that you design the layout so that there’s room to move around without bumping into things. Think about loading the dishwasher for example. Will you have room to open the door? Is it next to the sink? Another example would be an island where one can sit and eat. Will they have enough room to pull out a stool or chair before sitting down without hitting a wall or another counter top?
Forgetting About Lighting
Proper lighting is crucial in a kitchen. You need to have ample lighting, including task lighting for work areas and ambient lighting for the overall space.
Not Including Enough Electrical Outlets
Think about all of the various appliances you use in the kitchen such as toasters, blenders, mixers, etc. Place outlets around the perimeter of the kitchen and if you have an island, it’s probably a good idea to add an outlet or two there.
While it’s great to consider current design trends, trends come and go, so think about a classic traditional style that will look good not only now, but for years to come.
Not Planning Enough Storage
For a kitchen to work, there need to be plenty of storage options. This includes the pantry, cabinets, and drawers. Make sure that the storage area for the things you use the most is handy, so as to save steps in retrieving these items.
Using Low Cost Low Quality Materials
You want your new kitchen to work for a long time. If you select price over quality, you’ll regret it down the road. Choose materials that are known for durability and longevity. While they cost a little more, you won’t need to be concerned about replacing them sooner.
Going It Alone
Unless you’re skilled at do it yourself projects, it’s best to hire professionals to do the work. Not only will the job get done properly, but a pro can often provide valuable insights and help you to avoid costly mistakes.
A kitchen remodel is a job that requires careful planning, design, and execution, and few homeowners are able to handle the entire process alone. For the best results, you should consult the kitchen experts here at Capitol Design Build. For over 30 years, we have been delivering high-end kitchen and bath renovations to property owners from Springfield, VA to Washington, D.C. Our expert designs and quality workmanship have allowed us to earn a sterling reputation for excellence. We treat you like family and your home like our own, and always strive for 100% customer satisfaction. To learn more about our services or to schedule your free design consultation, visit our website or call us at 703-436-2069.