8 Ways to Avoid Mistakes when Remodeling Your Kitchen

July 23, 2014

Kitchen remodels (or any remodeling project, for that matter) can be stressful. There are a lot of moving parts all happening at the same time, and everything needs to come together in order for you to get the kitchen you’ve been planning for. We’ve been in the remodeling game for quite some time now, and we created a list of things to consider to prevent setbacks from happening during the remodeling process. We hope that with these things in mind, your kitchen remodel goes just a little more smoothly.

1. Be sure to consider the way your kitchen’s look will gel with the rest of your home. An ultra-modern kitchen in a 19th-century farmhouse will stick out like a sore thumb. Keep architectural integrity in mind.

2. Think beyond aesthetics. What we mean is that the space can be both beautiful and practical, so think beyond color palettes and make sure you have enough storage and counter space, and that everything is conveniently located.

3. Don’t get too crazy with what’s trendy. While neon colored cabinets may be fun, they may not be the best place to add that extra pop of color. Consider how long you’ll be living your home and whether you plan on reselling your home in the future.

Tip: Consider adding a brightly colored backsplash behind your sink, or use furniture and accessories that reflect a vibrant color palette.

4. Many people consider taking on a kitchen remodel themselves. Kudos, if this is you. But most kitchen remodels are large-scale projects that require trained professionals. Assistance from kitchen designers, contractors and architects is invaluable.

Tip: Be sure to partner with licensed and insured professionals that you get along with well.

5. Invest some time and money to come up with a good lighting plan. Good lighting keeps your kitchen safe, sets the appropriate mood and showcases the colors and designs that you spent time deciding on.

6. Be careful not to change your mind too often during the remodeling process. Changing design and orders for materials becomes very costly. For example, if your change means other carefully measured things (like countertops or appliance panels) are altered, that cost goes way up.

7. Don’t be afraid to play around with the room’s layout, even if you’ve always had the current layout. Think about practicality, like whether you’re always walking all the way across the kitchen to the refrigerator. Other things to consider are counter space, the location of your sink, and locations of your appliances.

8. Try to be realistic about your needs. It’s easy to get caught up in all of those home makeover shows and Pinterest boards, but your kitchen should suit your day to day needs. If you aren’t that into cooking, then professional appliances may not be necessary.

If you are interested in a free estimate or would like to know how Lensis Builders, Inc. can make your home even better, give us a call at 703-367-8999 or fill out a short contact form by clicking here. If you’re looking for inspiration for your next project, visit our Pinterest page!

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