Kitchen Remodeling Pitfalls
By Danielle Miller
Avoiding Common Pitfalls in Kitchen Remodeling
April 4, 2013
Kitchen remodeling can add a great deal of value to the home, and it can also make your life a lot easier! Kitchen remodels have the potential to totally change the way you operate in the kitchen, making the kitchen a more productive, more useful, more enjoyable space for all.
What should you know before you dive into a kitchen remodel, though? First and foremost, it’s important to know what not to do. Taking the mistakes of others as a word of warning will help to put you on track to have a successful remodel yourself. Below, read about the most common mistakes that homeowners that were less educated than yourself made in their remodeling project.
Getting Too Wrapped Up In The Details
Sure, the most exciting thing about redesigning the kitchen is the new look it’s going to have. It’s likely that the first thing you will do is start to pull pictures from magazines and the internet of what you hope the kitchen will look like post-remodel. And while having an idea of what you want the kitchen to look like is absolutely a good idea, you also need to remember to consider the bigger picture.
How is the kitchen, once remodeled, going to fit in with the rest of your home? Designing an ultra-modern kitchen in a more traditional home is going to create a new host of problems for you – and potentially a few more remodeling projects for the rest of the house!
It’s also important to consider the type of lifestyle elements you need for your kitchen. Be realistic about what you need and how you should work toward getting it. For example, some floor and countertop materials require more upkeep than others. If you’re a busy family with youngsters, you may want a more durable and easier to maintain material.
Getting Too Wrapped Up in Trends
Again, it’s easy to get involved in the myriad of ideas that are available to you via the Internet and magazines. However, jumping for the most recent trends sight unseen without thinking about how they fit into your overall lifestyle goals might land you with a remodel that you aren’t happy with long-term. You want to make sure that whatever you’re creating for yourself is going to bring you and your family happiness for a long time.
Think Carefully Before Doing It Yourself
The Internet has most people convinced that they can do just about anything. And while we are capable of quite a lot, especially with the sharing of ideas, there is still a good reason that professionals are called professionals. Many homeowners make the mistake of taking on a remodeling project as a DIY project, only to find that they do not have the skills or the expertise to pull it off. Rather than creating a mess that a professional then must clean up, go into the project with the right attitude and hire a contractor who knows what he or she is doing. When the project goes smoothly, you won’t regret the cost you’ve paid upfront.