If you're planning a kitchen remodel, coming up with the best layout possible is one of the most important steps to getting your money's worth. Here are 5 of the most common renovation mistakes and how to avoid repeating them.
Ignoring the Triangle
No, this doesn't mean your mysterious kitchen Bermuda Triangle where your knives and tools disappear never to be found again. It refers to the combination of the sink, stove and refrigerator where most of the action in the kitchen occurs. You want to make this triangle functional and easy to use. Otherwise, you'll constantly be tripping over others in the kitchen (if it's too small), traveling too far to reach what you need (if it's too large) or feeling unorganized. An ideal triangle is often about an average of between 3 and 5 feet per side.
Not Enough Storage
You can almost never have too much storage space in a kitchen, so don't underestimate your needs when designing your remodel. Look for ways to add storage with taller wall cabinets, over-refrigerator spaces and floating shelves (which have a small visual footprint). If space is limited, talk with your contractor about ways to add more room and functionality to available cabinet space – both above and below the counters.
Insufficient Counter Space
Like storage, it's nearly impossible to add too much counter space to a kitchen remodel plan. If your kitchen is small, you may be able to add space by placing small appliances on hanging shelves under the cabinets, inside cabinets or in special built-in storage bins. Larger kitchens are easier to work with, and you can easily add work space with a bar or island.
Stuffing in an Island
Many homeowners want an island because it adds functionality and work space many kitchens have lacked up until the remodel. But it can overwhelm a small kitchen, making it hard to work around the island or on the counter tops placed nearby. Don't try to shoehorn in an island if it's not necessary and organic. Adding counter space or an L-shaped counter can be a better use of limited space.
Forgetting to Light It Up
The kitchen should have natural lighting as much as possible, but don't forget to complement what Mother Nature provides with some focused lighting. Stand (or virtually stand) in regular work spaces – such as the sink, the stove and the island – and then look for ways to add lighting to those specific well-used spaces. Under-cabinet lighting is invisible and makes your counter tops much easier and more inviting to use.
By avoiding these errors in the planning stage of your renovation, you can ensure that your new kitchen will be a place you'll enjoy for years to come.
For professional remodeling help, contact a company such as Encore Cabinets & Design.