Kitchen Remodel Mistakes To Avoid

November 11, 2021

Remodeling your kitchen takes a lot of work and a lot of money. Do not make expensive mistakes, with these handy tips. These are some of the most common mistakes that people make, and this guide will help you to avoid them. 

Wasting Space

Even in very large kitchens, you should aim to create a compact work area with your kitchen remodeling, in order to save steps. You do not want to trek all around the kitchen while you are cooking or create dead space in the room. Choose areas that get used a lot during meal prep, eating, and family time. A breakfast nook is a good way to add a stylish spot to eat, without wasting space. 

Making Aisles Too Tight

The aisles in your kitchen should be wide enough to accommodate everything you do in the kitchen. This will allow more than one cook to get around into the kitchen, without getting in each other’s way. When you design your kitchen, make sure the aisles between islands, walls, and appliances are all at least 42 – 48 inches wide. You can also offset where you place key features, like the oven and the sink, so people do not bump into each other trying to work in the kitchen.

Not Thinking In 3-D

Your kitchen should be functional. When you design the space, think about the size of the doors and which way they will open. Do the same for cabinets and appliances. Fridges need quite a bit of clearance, as do ovens. Walk through the kitchen and plan door openings, so you do not make your kitchen feel cramped.

Overloading And Oversizing Islands

Two islands can work better than one in a large kitchen. Do not be tempted by putting in one huge island, as anything longer than around 10 feet is hard to walk around. If the island is more than 4 feet deep, you will struggle to reach the middle. Overfilling the island with stuff also causes a similar problem. Make sure any storage does not reach beyond the rim of the countertop. 

Overwhelming A Small Space

In a small kitchen, a peninsula can work better than an island. Keep the space you have in mind as you design, so you get the best remodel possible. Do not overwhelm a small kitchen, as there are lots of suitable ideas for sizes and layouts. 

Making Changes After The Work Begins

Get everything ready before you start work on a kitchen remodel, as delays and changes during the work can push up your coss. Plan well and think through each choice well ahead of time. Make sure you check that everything you need has arrived and is ready to install. 

Not Planning Enough Storage

A good design should include tailored storage to fit the items that you use in specific areas. A range of storage options works well, such as open storage, cabinets, shelves, and more. Think about the goal of your remodel too. If you want a sleek finish, choose cabinets with glass doors, and keep the contents streamlined. 

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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