February 20, 2018
The Kitchen Remodeling Experts
Great kitchen designs are not accidental—they are products of expertise, research and creativity. Our Maryland kitchen remodeling experts at Bath Doctor often have to think outside the box to deliver the solutions you are looking for. We work with all kinds of kitchens, both large and small, and we keep seeing the same design mistakes made by inexperienced builders or misinformed homeowners. Here are the top 5 mistakes you should avoid during your next kitchen remodeling project.
Kitchen Island Is Too Big
It sounds like a good idea to add a kitchen island for extra storage and cooking space, but you have to be very careful in choosing the right size. When the island is too big, it becomes more of an obstacle than a helper. The truth is, we rarely end up cooking alone. There is always someone in the kitchen washing their hands, grabbing a drink or cuddling on the floor mat (that would be your pet). Narrow walkways spell disaster in this scenario! And if you are having people over and decide to place appetizers on the island, expect a traffic jam. One of the solutions to this problem is installing a mobile island that can be rolled out of the way as needed.
Doors Can’t Fully Open
In a small kitchen, it can be challenging to place cabinets and appliances in a way that all of them can be fully open at the same time if ever needed. But even in larger kitchens people often make the mistake of backing an appliance such as a fridge into a corner, only to realize later that the doors hit the walls as they open. Fridge, oven and dishwasher are the three appliances you should particularly worry about, as they require the most room to fully open.
Microwave is Oddly Placed
If your family uses a microwave, think about who is the most frequent user. If it’s your kids reheating leftovers or making popcorn, make sure the microwave is easily reachable for them. If it’s mostly for adults, also avoid placing it too high. It’s been common to install a microwave above a stove, which is actually an inconvenient location, even for an average-height person. A new trend is microwave drawers, which is a great way to tuck the appliance out of sight, yet make it accessible.
Not Enough Light
Light is very important for cooking. An extra light can make a difference between “it looks done” and “I’d give it 10 more minutes.” Make sure you have enough light in all task areas. Under-cabinet lighting is a great feature that helps illuminate the counters, especially if your cabinets are mounted low. In a kitchen, you want the light to shine in front of you, rather than illuminate you from behind and cast a shadow. Also, recess lighting that borders the kitchen is great for extra light. Having lighting on separate switches will give control over how much light is used at a given time.
When people replace their old appliances or purchase new ones, they often forget to upgrade their wiring. Your new dishwasher may be more powerful than the old one, or you may not have enough outlets for all of your kitchen appliances. If you are adding a kitchen island, consider having it wired, so that you can use your mixer or can opener right there.
Working with our Maryland kitchen remodeling specialists will help you avoid these and many other design mistakes. Contact us today for a free estimate!