For many homeowners, the kitchen is the heart of the home. Having a functional and inviting kitchen is so important that it’s usually the first thing new homeowners choose to remodel. Make sure your kitchen remodeling project doesn’t fall victim to one of these big mistakes.
Designing It Yourself
You might know exactly what you want your kitchen to look like, but that doesn’t mean you’re ready to design one. A professional who has experience in kitchen design can help you identify things you might otherwise overlook.
Ignoring the Triangle
The kitchen triangle refers to the location of the three places you will always be walking between: the sink, the stove, and the refrigerator. An extra couple of feet may not seem like much, but over time, it can really add up. Ignore the triangle at your peril.
Form Over Function
You may swoon over quartz countertops and know exactly what grout color is going in between your subway tile, but do you have enough counter space? Storage? Outlets? Having a functional kitchen will make a bigger difference in your day-to-day life than having the perfect color of grout.
Okay, there are some trends you might want to ignore, like high gloss candy-apple-red cabinets. But pay attention to how today’s lifestyles are different than even ten years ago. Think about how technology plays its role in your life. Do you use a tablet, your phone, or a computer for recipes? Do you need a dedicated recycling center? Does your family usually eat, crowded around the kitchen island or crowded around the TV? The way you live is an important factor in your kitchen remodel.
The best way to avoid these traps and others is to consult a design and remodeling expert. Take the time to thoughtfully design your kitchen, and you’ll be enjoying it for years to come.