If you’re handy with tools and construction, you might be tempted to perform a kitchen remodel in your home all by yourself. However, even the handiest person might discover they will make some big mistakes while redoing their kitchen if they do not have enough experience with design and planning.
Here are a few of the most common mistakes in kitchen design made during remodels:
- Lack of counter space. One of the biggest complaints people tend to have about kitchen designs is a lack of counter space. If you’re doing the job yourself, it can be easy to underestimate just how much space you’ll need for preparation and for placing appliances and other devices.
- Putting appliances too far apart. You want your refrigerator, sink and stove to be regularly close to each other, as they are the three areas of greatest activity in any kitchen. You should have easy access to all three locations. It’s common to see kitchen designs where these areas of activity are spread out across the kitchen, or are inhibited because of the way doors swing out or kitchen islands are placed.
- Lack of storage space. It’s not just a matter of how big your cabinets are or how many you have, but well they are designed. A large cabinet doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll store more items, especially if it’s poorly designed — it’s all about space efficiency. It’s important to be careful with the dimensions you use for cabinets and shelves.
- Poor island design. Kitchen islands can add some much-needed storage space and functionality, but if they’re poorly designed they can easily become more of a nuisance than anything else, especially if they block access to important parts of your kitchen like the stove or sink. There should be plenty of space for foot traffic around your kitchen island.
- Poor lighting. You should have general lighting, lighting for specific tasks (such as over countertops and the sink) and, depending on the mood you’re going for in your kitchen, accent lighting. You don’t want to have dark workspaces or a kitchen that just feels dim and gloomy.
Avoid these types of mistakes! Contact the professionals at Three Week Kitchens to learn more about getting started with your project.