Common Kitchen Remodeling Mistakes
Kitchen remodeling is one of the most popular home improvement projects for homeowners to take on, and it’s easy to see why. Remodeling your kitchen is a great way to increase your home’s resale value, and, because your kitchen is used so frequently, to make your entire home more comfortable, functional, and attractive. Of course, however, in order to accomplish those things, your kitchen remodel needs to be perfectly performed from start to finish, and there are a number of things that could keep you from being totally satisfied with you Portland Kitchen Remodeling project.
There are a few common pitfalls that homeowners should try to avoid during a project of this scope. The best ways to make sure that you’re avoiding these mistakes is to hire a contractor that you know you can trust, and to carefully plan the project. The Portland remodeling contractors at RJ Ramos Construction Co. can guarantee your complete satisfaction with all of the work that we provide, and we’ve also compiled a list of some of the most common mistakes homeowners make during kitchen remodels, and how you can avoid them.
Designing an Inefficient Layout
The layout is the first part of your kitchen that you should design, and it’s probably the most important in terms of functionality. You’ll need to make sure that you have quick, easy access to at least three parts of your kitchen: your refrigerator, your oven and stove top, and your sink.
These three parts of your kitchen are what you’ll use most frequently, and much of your Portland kitchen’s functionality will be lost if they aren’t easily accessible. You’ll want each of these to be close together, but you’ll also want to make sure that no part of one blocks access to another. Problems with your layout may not jump out at you during the design stage, especially if everything seems like it will look great, but once you’re using your kitchen, these problems will be extremely frustrating.
Not Giving Yourself Enough Storage Space
Many homeowners—and even many remodeling contractors—tend to focus their attention on the visual elements of a kitchen during a remodeling project, like the flooring, counter tops, back splashes, etc. These are important parts of the project, of source, but what is more important to a successful kitchen remodel is what you don’t see.
In order for your Portland kitchen to be functional and efficient, you will need plenty of counter space, but those counters will be wasted if they’re only used to house your appliances. Take an inventory of smaller appliances, pots and pans, and other kitchen items, and ensure that you’ll have plenty of space to store them.
Designing a Kitchen That’s Too Trendy
One of the main goals of your kitchen remodeling project is, of course, to make your Portland home’s kitchen more attractive—that’s an important part of keeping it comfortable and getting a great ROI. However, it’s also important to make sure that you’re not too focused on current trends.
Most design trends are very short-lived, and even if it’s five years before they’re noticeably outdated, remodeling your kitchen twice in a decade is probably not a feasible option. While you do want your kitchen to look great, going with a more classic and timeless design style can help your kitchen look better longer.