7 Kitchen Remodeling Mistakes to Avoid

January 16, 2017

 

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Here at Bath Doctor, we have over 40 years of kitchen remodeling experience. So when it comes to remodeling kitchens, we’ve seen it all. To help make your next kitchen remodel go smoothly, remember these 7 kitchen remodeling mistakes to avoid.

Forgetting Cooking Flow

Make sure the sink, fridge, oven, etc. are arranged to make cooking more efficient. If your refrigerator is on the other side of the island from your stove, it makes it hard to quickly grab something you need while cooking. Think of how you cook in your current kitchen and try to make your new kitchen flow better with these observations in mind.

Neglecting Counter Space

Be sure there is ample counter space next to all appliances as a catching area for whatever is coming out of the oven or fridge. Also consider how many small appliances are going on the counters that take up valuable counter space. This will help decide how much extra counter space is necessary for a comfortable kitchen. If counter space gets neglected, cooking will be more cluttered and stressful.

Not Measuring for Appliances

Appliances aren’t one-size fits all. Just because there is a current dishwasher, that doesn’t mean the new one will fit in the same spot. Before beginning your kitchen remodel, pick out appliances first not only so they fit well, but so they match the design of your kitchen. Nothing looks worse than stainless steel appliances and golden hardware on the cabinets.

Missing Out on Storage

There are loads of storage options available for kitchens; take the time to discover what is out there. A second trash bin for recycling or a lazy Susan in the corner cabinet add much needed functionality to the kitchen. You won’t ruin your kitchen remodel by missing out on these storage options, but you may have buyer’s remorse because they are absolutely worth it.

Not Preparing for the Remodel

Kitchen remodels can take a long time, especially if you’re doing it by yourself and working a full time as well. A simple cabinet repainting project, which would take a kitchen remodeling company days, could take you weeks! Be sure to mentally prepare yourself to be without a fully-functioning kitchen space for an extended period of time.

Slighting the Environment

Foot pedals for the sink, in-sink aerators, and energy-efficient appliances are all ways to reduce your carbon footprint. Slighting these environmentally-friendly options means losing out on the opportunity to help the environment. On top of that, the reason of lot of these kitchen improvements are “environmentally-friendly” is simply because they require less electricity—which saves you money.

Overlooking Electrical Outlets

A lot of remodels we see kept electrical outlets in the same place as before the remodel. Instead, think again of your work flow and try to install outlets where smaller appliances will end up. Additionally, install GFCI outlets which are meant for use around wet or damp areas. Lastly, consider installing outlets horizontally instead of vertically—it makes it easier to hide the outlet if you want.

For more help with your kitchen remodeling project, contact Bath Doctor today. Bath Doctor is a trusted Maryland kitchen remodeling and bathroom remodeling company with over 40 years of experience. For a free consultation, give us a call at 410-444-4133 today!

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