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6 Kitchen Renovation Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

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Whether you are doing your own kitchen renovations or are hiring a contractor to do them for you, it’s important to try and avoid the common pitfalls that can negatively affect your project. The last thing you need is to end up with a kitchen you don’t like or one that isn’t functional. 

Keep reading to discover six common kitchen renovation mistakes and how you can avoid them. 

1. Keep the Design Compact 

While big open kitchens look lovely, when you use your kitchen, you don’t want to be walking very far from the fridge to the counter, stove, and sink. These elements need to be relatively close together, even if the overall kitchen is very large. There are other great things to do with the extra space in your kitchen rather than keep the essential elements far from each other. 

2. But Not Too Compact 

Kitchen design, like many things in life, is a balancing act. In small kitchens, you might be tempted to overwhelm the space with multiple features, but overcrowding can be a big mistake. If a kitchen feels cramped, or you’re bumping into things, you’ll regret including so much in a small space. Make sure that the aisles are wide enough for simple clearance. 

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3. Going Too Trendy 

There are so many exciting trends on the market, we understand wanting to immediately include them in your design. However, if something turns out to be more of a passing trend than something you truly love, you may regret including it in your kitchen. Designs should be made over several months so that you’re sure you really like the design elements on their own merits. Try to avoid adding trendy elements at the last minute. 

4. Insist on Your Own Style 

Your contractor may have a style that they strongly prefer to design, and you’ll see it a lot in their portfolio. However, a great designer will always adapt to the style of their clients and help reflect their tastes and needs. If your designer is always balking at your changes or can’t seem to come up with something you really like, then it may be time for a new one. 

5. Try Bigger Appliances 

If there is a chance your family might expand, or you may need larger appliances for any reason, choose a larger fridge, dishwasher, and other kitchen appliances. Once the layout and size of the kitchen are set, it’s a huge inconvenience to get something bigger. 

6. Cabinets Over Sinks 

We try to avoid putting cabinets over sinks, because the hot water from the sink will work its way into the cabinet, slowly swelling it, and eventually ruining it. Sure, you can replace the cabinet, but it is better to not have to. 

Are you thinking about your dream kitchen? Kitchen renovations are easy with Artisan Contracting. Contact our team to learn more about home renovations and how to avoid mistakes.