When you start planning your kitchen remodel, you probably imagine beautiful backsplashes and lovely cabinetry, but the reality of a kitchen remodel is much more than a pretty design. Keep these five kitchen remodeling mistakes in mind when you’re coming up with your design to ensure you have a kitchen you will love for years to come.
Mistake: Not Planning Your Backsplash Effectively
First, just because a title looks gorgeous in a sample book doesn’t mean you’re going to love it once you have it up. If you can, visit a showroom first and ask them to show you the tile up against actual kitchen sinks and appliances. This will help you get a better idea of what the backsplash will look like. Don’t forget to measure appropriately. You don’t want to end up with awkward shapes or sizing because you have too much or not enough tile to use.
Mistake: Cheap Cabinets
Cheap cabinets have two main problems: they’re ugly and they’re…well, cheap. Beautiful appliances, shiny new floors, and gorgeous light fixtures won’t look nearly as amazing if your cabinets are obvious plywood that could fall off the hinges at any moment. Spend the money you need to spend in order to ensure your cabinets are as beautiful and as well built as the rest of your kitchen.
Mistake: Skimping on the Flooring
Especially if you have a large kitchen, it could be tempting to forego something you really want or need in order to save money. In reality, you could end up spending more money. Why? For one thing, if you hate your floor, you’re going to want to remodel your kitchen yet again. For another thing, cheap flooring means repairs, and repair costs add up. Installing sturdy flooring from the moment you begin remodeling might seem too expensive, but when you factor in how much you could spend down the road, it’s likely to save you money in the long run.
Mistake: Poor Lighting Choices
Call it mood lighting if you want, but poor lighting is poor lighting, and it’s no fun to try to cook in a barely lit kitchen. Factor in your kids doing homework at the kitchen table, and the eyestrain alone isn’t worth making poor choices for kitchen lighting. Like the floor, you should build the rest of the room around the lighting. Doing so ensures you have ample ability to see no matter which area of the kitchen you use.
Mistake: Overdoing the Appliances
This is probably where the most people make a mistake. Six burners and two ovens are awesome if you run a bakery from home or if you cook big meals often, but do you? Maybe you really want a smart fridge, but how often do you really think you’ll check your Twitter feed as you’re pouring a glass of juice? Save money and avoid wasting space unnecessarily by sticking to appliances you’ll actually use. For a typical family, four burners, one oven, and a regular stainless steel refrigerator will be plenty.
Of course, the biggest mistake you could make during a kitchen remodel is not hiring a professional to do the work for you, which could result in injury or badly installed components that you’ll need to pay to have redone. Talk to the kitchen designers at Mountaineer Kitchens & Baths if you need help with your remodel!