When it comes to kitchen remodeling, almost everyone has something they might have done a little differently once the project is over. Consumer Reports asked homeowners who had tackled a kitchen renovation what they wish they had known before they got started. These renovators served up some great remodeling advice:
Bearing these insights in mind and drawing on our years in the kitchen renovation business, here are some of the most common kitchen remodeling mistakes and pro tips for avoiding them.
Making the island too big – or too small – for the space
In general, figure on a minimum of three feet wide for your island, while up to ten feet wide may work depending on your kitchen's size and configuration. As for depth, you want your island to measure at least 26 inches, though it could go up to about 48 inches.
Skimping on cabinet storage
Dishes and glasses need at least six feet of cabinet space above or near the sink. Pots and pans need the same amount of space and should be stored near your cooktop. This means you may need to rethink those open shelves that might not provide the ample storage needed for your most basic and often used items in the kitchen!
Forgetting the workflow
Make sure the kitchen’s busiest areas – sink, stove, and refrigerator – are in efficient locations that are relevant to one another. Whether you're an occasional cook or a true chef, you and your family will benefit from a kitchen configuration that is designed for efficiency and functionality.
Forgetting about the garbage
You want to be able to hide at least a 30 quart trash bin close to the sink and dishwasher. Also, consider if you need space to separate out recyclables near your waste disposal, as well. You'll be more likely to keep your space clean and uncluttered if you've got adequate space to stash the trash.
Giving up counter space
Counter space is one of the most important elements of your kitchen, so don't settle for less! Countertops are essential surfaces in every home, as they serve more purposes that go well beyond meal preparation and serving. Counters are homework central and the heart of family business meetings, as well as parties and gatherings. It's wise to design a kitchen that allows for as much countertop space as possible. Extend your counter work space by using Hidden Countertop Support Brackets to create added room for your countertop.
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Choosing the wrong range hood
The range hood should be a least as wide as the cook top. Over an island, the hood should be at least six inches wider than the cooktop. While microwaves with built-in vents save space, even the best ones don’t clear smoke and steam as well as a traditional range hood. Make the best range hood choice for your space and to fit your family's needs.
Not enough lighting
Even the brightest overhead lights can cast shadows over your workspace. Budget for under cabinet lights and task lighting to brighten the workspace and make meal prep easier.
Changing your mind
According to the Consumer Reports survey, changing your mind after the work has begun is one of the most expensive mistakes you can make when remodeling your kitchen. Be certain of your decisions and commit to your design and plans wholeheartedly. With careful planning, you can avoid the pitfalls of indecisiveness that can add an average of $1500 to your project.
Going It Alone
Even if you're a DIYer, it’s smart to consult a kitchen design expert before starting your project. A kitchen design pro will be able to help fine-tune your remodel plan, offer tips and advice, and maybe even recommend some ideas you hadn't thought about.
When it comes to your countertops, you can can count on The Original Granite Bracket®, with our many years experience in countertop fabrication and kitchen design, to help you select the right brackets for your project. Connect with us here to get started on your project!