The kitchen is the heart of a home. It is warm inviting space for family and friends to gather, which is why this is the area that people choose to remodel most often. With so many details to consider like countertops, flooring, appliances, and lighting, mistakes are easy to make. One mistake could mean adding hundreds of dollars to the cost of your remodel. Here are some of the most common kitchen remodel mistakes and how you can avoid them.
Timeless instead of Trendy:
Try not to be too trendy with your material or design choices. Trends typically last five years, this means you risk outdating your kitchen and will hurt the resale value of your home if you eventually plan to sell. Instead, use the latest trends in your paint choice and accessories such as window treatments, place setting, etc.
One of the most common mistakes is not evaluating the current and future needs of lighting in your kitchen. Most kitchens lack task lighting. Be sure to add under cabinet lighting and lighting to other task areas to add value. To make it easier, think about where your work areas are in the kitchen and be sure that those areas are well lit.
Adding Electrical Outlets:
Kitchens today contain more appliances than ever before. The greatest opportunity to evaluate the need for change or addition in electrical outlets is during a remodel. Take a look at all the task areas of your kitchen and be sure that there are plenty of outlets available for your need.
Investing in high quality materials for flooring, cabinets, and countertops will give you a better return on your kitchen remodel investment.
Getting your kitchen to blend with your home is not as hard as it sounds. We recommend using a color family that is throughout the home, in your kitchen. You can also use the same flooring; Hardwood flooring is making its way into the kitchen now a days. This way, your kitchen will not clash with the rest of your home.
Expect the Unexpected:
When it comes to remodeling any part of your home, it is best to budget for the unexpected. It is better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it. It is not uncommon to find water damage and dry rot, both can add to the cost of the remodel. If your plumbing is outdated, the pipes will have to be replaced with copper to meet today’s building code. Just be sure that your budget allows leeway for unexpected costs.