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Kitchen remodeling is one of the most popular forms of renovation that homeowners undertake. Seeing as it’s one of the most used rooms in a home, it’s not hard to see what so many people want to make it uniquely their own. However, as with any first floor remodel, it’s easy to get caught up in the big picture, and forget about some little things. Here are the 8 most common mistakes people make when doing a kitchen renovation.

  • The Work Space. Think about the space you use when in the kitchen, and how everything flows together. Usually the stove, refrigerator, and sink are the most frequently used points, and as such, should be grouped in a way that is conducive and easy to access. Take note of how you usually work in the kitchen, and map what you like and what could be better. If you’re completely overhauling the floor plan try to plot out what placements will work best for your work style and flow.
  • Storage. When homeowners undertake kitchen renovations one thing they often overlook is the storage space. Take care to work out how much space you need for all your essentials so that nothing gets cluttered or, at worst, left without a place. It’s also worth noting what kind of storage you need and how to access it. Make sure things you use frequently can be stored in an easy to reach area, while items you seldom used can be stored out of the way. It you’re working with limited space, it’s worth considering expanding cabinets up to ceiling height. This will give you space higher up for items you rarely use.
  • Counter Space. Without appliances and other things laid out counter space can see adequate, but take note of toasters, convection ovens, coffee makers, and dish racks that will undoubtedly be taking up some of that space. You don’t want to splurge on granite counter tops only to find out you don’t have enough space after the kitchen remodeling.
  • Lighting. Poor lighting is another common mistake many people end up making during a kitchen remodel. The rule of thumb is that you should have task and general lighting installed in your kitchen. The general lighting is responsible for lighting the entirety of the room, while task lights illuminate specific work areas. Accent lights are an additional option and can be used along with dimmer switches to set a casual mood for dining with guests.
  • Ventilation. Another mistake many make is not accounting for ventilation. Gas stoves need to be properly ventilated and this requires an over stove hood. Make sure to allot enough space between cabinets for this purpose. Additionally, proper ventilation helps control odors, which is important if you don’t want to be smelling fish for days after cooking a baked cod dinner.
  • Island Size. Installing an island that is too small, or too large, can cause issues. If it’s too small then you run the risk of running out of space. On the flip side, if it’s too big it could ruin the flow of the room. This can make it difficult to navigate, especially if there is more than one person cooking. If you already have an island take note of the size and build from there.
  • Cabinets. Another mistake homeowners make when kitchen remodeling is picking out cabinets based on their prices. Think about the wear and tear that cabinets go through and take that into account. Some on the lower end tend to experience peeling, especially if they’re not hardwood. Shop around and try to always choose quality over price point if possible.
  • Backsplash. The backsplash ties everything together, though many forget about it. It not only helps protect your walls from water and grease, but it can really bring a creative pop to the space.

These are the 8 Most Common Kitchen Remodeling Mistakes Homeowners Make. Take note so that you can avoid them during yours!


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I've seen a lot of cooking, home improvement and crafting shows and, let me tell you, they make things look way easier than they are. Most people really can’t remodel their own kitchen, paint a wall mural or whip up a gourmet meal in an afternoon. I’m here to share my ideas and guidance about home and family--things I've learned through trial and error. I've already made the mistakes so you don’t have to! Just don’t ask about the kitchen cabinet refinishing project that went awry.
May 2022