So, you are all done with the kitchen renovation but don’t really feel the vibe, comfort, and charm you expected. Most importantly, the kitchen is not as functional as you thought it’d be. What went wrong?
It all comes down to the attention paid when you still plan the kitchen design, making decisions about everything. The things that may be omitted or miscalculated are plenty and some are truly serious enough to cause terrible headaches. But truth be told, this is not often the case, especially if you rely on a professional kitchen renovation contractor.
It’s the little things you should fear that they’ll come back to haunt you. And so, it’s the little things – you think of last when it comes to your kitchen remodeling, you must consider before you start tearing and building.
Overlooking color details
While color is one of the things you discuss first with the kitchen remodeling contractor, you may forget to consider some things. One important detail? How will this particular color look in your kitchen – considering its brightness, size, and in relation to the adjacent rooms. It’s also about making sure the color of the kitchen cabinets, countertops, floor, wall, casing all work together to make an impressive aesthetic difference. It’s also about choosing colors that won’t get easily dirty, especially if you have children. One single detail like that may break your project.
Not splurging when you should splurge
Due to the considerable kitchen remodel cost, we all try to cut expenses here and there. That’s normal. Now, the point is to save with things that can be easily replaced or don’t matter too much. For example, hardware can be easily replaced. But the floor cannot. If you don’t splurge when you should splurge, you will not only regret it tomorrow but pay again for it, ending up spending more than you had in mind in the first place.
Not measuring well
The key to renovating the kitchen with absolute success is to plan in great detail from the beginning. And measuring is part of this initial process. One inch can make a difference, bring headaches, force you to spend more. It’s best to trust a pro for that and always remember that it’s better to have a small gap than not enough space to fit the refrigerator, the range, or the cabinet.
Underestimating the importance of storage space
Even if you already have sufficient storage room in the kitchen, create more – if this is possible. Even if your kitchen accessories – all items, are limited at this point, create lots and lots of storage space. And not just that. You need to consider if you need drawers, cabinets, pantry pullouts – how many, what size, where. And don’t forget about the cabinet lighting. It will make your life so much easier.
Sacrificing counter space
This is not a small thing. But you know what? When you see the long kitchen countertop, it looks big and thus, sufficient. We often forget to think of all things we place on the counter – a fact that ultimately leaves us just a small task space. Consider where all things go, what function means to you, and make sure you have enough counter space left to prep food.
Not seeing the big picture
You may choose the best kitchen cabinets, countertop, island, lighting, colors. And you may have done all things in the most thorough detail from the start. But did you put them altogether to see how they work together, how they blend, if they match, if they look good? The eye must flow with ease and all things – elements, items, colors, must look as if they were meant to be with each other. For that, you need to see the final kitchen design in 3D.