Renovating a kitchen can be a daunting task. It is the heart of your home; the room with the most day-to-day activity, where everyone gathers for daily dinners, for comfort food and a hug when they’re down, and for those loud and festive family meals. It is a huge responsibility to undertake a kitchen renovation, and if not done correctly, will always be an “in-your-face” mistake.
8 Mistakes to Avoid When Renovating Your Kitchen
Hindering the Kitchen Work Triangle
The kitchen work triangle refers to the layout of the refrigerator, sink and stovetop in relation to each other. Having these areas too close will cause people to trip over each other in the kitchen, and having them too far apart will making food preparation too tiring of a task for your home cook.
How to Avoid: If possible, relocated the plumbing of your sink, if currently in a poor location. Use the general guideline which advises that the distance between the areas be no less than 4 feet and no larger than 9 feet.
Lack of Storage Space
The kitchen can arguably contain the most items in your home, therefore it requires the most storage, especially for awkwardly shaped items such as a blender, and stand mixer. Finding the appropriate way to store all of these items in addition to your tableware and tupperware can be a feat. Built-ins can be expensive which just adds on to the issue.
How To Avoid: Install longer upper cabinets all the way to the ceiling, and add lighting near the molding to make the space brighter. Always add cabinetry over your refrigerator; this is usually good storage for items that only come out every so often. Finally, install shelving across the back of your lower kitchen cabinets, wherever permitted.
Insufficient Counter Space
One of the biggest complaints we hear is that the kitchen lacks countertop space. Given that most activities in the kitchen require a counter, and small kitchen appliances already take up some of that space, it is easy to come to the conclusion that there is never enough countertop space in your kitchen.
How to Avoid: If possible, add an island or a breakfast bar to your kitchen design which will benefit you additionally by providing storage, as well as becoming an entertainment area.
People constantly underestimate how much lighting they need in a kitchen. Having one general light will not suffice for a lot of kitchen tasks. The lighting in the kitchen is sometimes forgotten because people forget to evaluate the work areas in the kitchen.
How to Avoid: Have a general lighting to cast across your entire kitchen, then add lighting under your cabinets to eliminate shadows on your counter, and finally, evaluate and add lighting directly over work areas.
Opting out of a Backsplash
Some opt out of installing a backsplash and painting the area between their cabinets due to their budget. However, in the long run you will kick yourself for having not installed backsplash. Even with proper ventilation your kitchen will always produce steam, water and grease. It is a lot easier to clean grease off of a backsplash made of tile or plastic than it is to clean of a painted wall.
How to Avoid: Include Backsplash in your design and budget!
Imagine your friends walking into your home and smelling last night’s salmon dish. Regardless of how beautiful you made your kitchen, a less than pleasant smell will definitely take away from that. Again, budget comes to play! Inexpensive range hoods, although easier on your wallet, only do half the job and often circulate the already existing, smelly air, only removing a bit of the smell.
How to Avoid: Budget for a good ventilation system that will not only look great amongst your other appliances, but will maintain the air in your kitchen and connecting rooms fresh and clean.
Although some would argue this isn’t really a mistake, a kitchen is a large investment that most don’t plan on making too many times in their lives. Selecting a kitchen design and colours that are too trendy may not be the best decision. Trends fade quickly, and the return on your investment may not be as large as you’d like it to be in a few years.
How to Avoid: Design your kitchen for functionality and add a few trendy features while maintaining the overall look and appliances timeless.
Not Using Professionals
Some homeowners have completed other rooms in their homes themselves and look at the kitchen as just another project where they can do a lot of the work and only call in professionals for the bigger jobs, such as electrical and plumbing. Taking on a kitchen renovation on your own can end up costing you more money, time and patience than you anticipate, with varying end results that may not leave you satisfied.
How To Avoid: Research and select ideal professionals to work with you to make your ideal kitchen come to life. Professional contractors and designers often have access and knowledge of new kitchen innovations, designs, and layouts that will be functional, classy, and still cost effective.
We, at Pure Kitchens, ensure our customers to have all of the information on the good, bad and the ugly of kitchen renovations. Every kitchen renovation will be different, as is every home, but some things are universal. Hopefully this list will allow you to not make many mistakes we’ve seen others do.
Happy Kitchen Reno!