Thinking about remodeling your kitchen this year? Here’s what you need to know…
A kitchen is more than a set of cabinets and doors – it’s the heart of your home, a special place that deserves a one-of-a-kind design as unique as the people who will enjoy it. That’s why each of our kitchens is built to order and designed around the way you live, cook and entertain.
If you’re thinking about remodeling your kitchen, you’ve come to the right place! We know renovating your kitchen is a huge project with a lot of variables to consider and room for mistakes to be made. We’d like to help you avoid those mistakes! Find out what the top 10 most common design and remodel mistakes are before starting your next project and we’re sure you’ll be well on your way to creating the kitchen of your dreams!
Not thinking about it as an upgrade.
For most homeowners, a kitchen remodel is usually a substantial expense, but it’s one that will last for years to come and can increase the overall value of your home. So to get the most out of your space, it is important to consider your family and your lifestyle and plan your kitchen accordingly. How much cooking and prep space do you need? Does your family socialize in the kitchen? Is cabinet and drawer storage a problem for you now? These are all factors to keep in mind when selecting new features and the overall design of your kitchen. Our specialists start here with our kitchen planning questionnaire.
Reinventing the wheel / not utilizing existing outlets.
A great way to save money when remodeling is to utilize your existing plumbing and electrical outlets – moving them can become very costly. Of course if moving the kitchen sink or adding a secondary prep sink will make your new kitchen more functional, then our expert designers will work with you to devise a layout that meets your needs and lifestyle while spending your dollars where they count.
Not Sweating the Small Stuff.
Every great kitchen begins with intelligent design. Don’t pass on small add-ons and storage features like additional drawer dividers and removable trays or cabinet storage solutions like pantry pullouts and swinging shelves. Our seasoned specialists will work with you to maximize the efficiency and functionality of your space with innovative solutions that will keep your drawers and cabinets organized. Connect with us here to find out what accessory options and storage solutions we offer.
Creating a budget is an essential part of your remodel that needs to be done from the onset. Think about what features of your kitchen are the most important to you. Take into account cabinetry, appliances, counter-tops, as well as sinks and faucets. Once you decide on that, you can allocate your funds accordingly. Also don’t forget installation costs on cabinetry and appliances and keep in mind kitchen cabinets usually take up about one-third of the typical remodel budget.
Choosing Style over Function.
While the style of your kitchen plays a fundamental role in the remodeling process, don’t forget to keep your workflow in mind too. Think about your kitchen’s busiest areas: the sink, stove and refrigerator. You want to make sure that these areas and appliances are in an efficient location that is relevant to one another. Also think about locating these major components in specialized areas for a prep station, cooking station, clean-up station, and the optional bar-top for those eat-in kitchens. Placing these key components in the right location will save you time and steps. Our specialists will work with you one-on-one to create a design concept that merges our expertise and insights with your personal requirements.
Forgetting the Big Picture.
When planning your kitchen remodel, remember to take every element into account. This includes wall color, backsplash treatment, flooring, cabinet hardware and how it all ties together. Our kitchen specialists are experts in interior planning and take a holistic approach to the design process and will also work with your contractor or architect to bring your vision to life.
Not Having Fun.
We believe designing and remodeling a kitchen should be a fun and enjoyable experience. Our specialists never lose sight of that and are dedicated to understanding your wants and needs as well as translating your ideas and inspiration into a cohesive design plan – that includes having some fun along the way! Try an unexpected material for your backsplash to energize your space or play with color combinations! Our specialists will help you navigate our extensive portfolio of styles, materials, and finishes while offering thoughtful options and custom combinations to achieve a look you love and make your kitchen feel like a home.
Not Double Checking Your Measurements.
Before having your kitchen installed, it is important to double check your measurements. We conduct a two-phase pre-site inspection to ensure a swift and smooth installation process. The first takes place before you even place your order, while the final inspection takes place 1-2 weeks prior to your kitchen’s delivery to ensure your space is ready.
Choosing Appliances Last.
If you’re giving your kitchen a total makeover, make sure to choose your gadgets first. It’s easier to choose cabinets and counter-tops to fit appliances like your refrigerator and dishwasher, rather than the other way around. We offer appliance packages with our custom cabinetry in order to save you time and money. Give us a call at 877.881.9191 or email us here to see all of your options.
Going At It Alone
We’re all about fun DIY projects, but when it comes to something as intricate as kitchen remodeling, we highly recommend doing your homework and seeking guidance from the pros. Our team of specialists are eager to work with you and create a design concept that merges our expertise and insights with your personal wants and needs. Our goal is to simplify the process by bringing you all the best resources in one convenient location – stop by, browse, and linger!
Ready to get started on creating your dream kitchen? Schedule a complimentary consultation with us here!