You might not read about these remodeling mistakes in your design magazine …. but here’s my top 5 after over 22 years in the business of kitchens:
1- Making Emotional Decisions
While there is nothing wrong with being enthusiastic about a project, try not to make those big expensive selections when you are “falling in love” with a certain product. Find someone to be accountable to with your plan and budget. Being in agreement with your spouse on everything probably isn’t going to happen, but sticking to a plan is going to take mutual encouragement.
2- Remodeling in the wrong order
Watching a homeowner replace their flooring first can be a painful experience for us remodelers! This is only one example of remodeling in the wrong order …. since many times existing appliances are “trapped” and so often appliances are purchased with the idea of simply sliding them in under existing counters or cabinets, and guess what? They don’t fit. I’ve seen existing cabinetry “chopped up”, new flooring destroyed as refrigerators are moved in and out of place and so on. Try to wait, and save the money to remodel at least the main elements of a kitchen in the proper order. Cabinets first, accomodate the proper appliance sizes, counters ….. flooring is usually last.
3- Proceeding without a plan
It doesn’t matter how small the project is….homeowners will stay organized, timely and on budget with a preliminary and then final plan. Finding a professional kitchen designer can save a homeowner a pounding headache! The plan should include a blueprint of existing, a blueprint of new layout with cabinetry details and all mechanical locations. Detailed elevation drawings should also be included.
4- Putting in new granite counters on old cabinets
This is just a “bandaid” fix for most people who were told that they’ll never sell their house without granite tops. I personally disagree with that philosophy. Worn, old golden oak cabinets don’t deserve granite …. investigate new cabinets in a stock cabinet line if you have a modest budget. I enjoy the Medallion Cabinet line when working with a limited budget. (www.medallion.com)
5- Ignoring the traffic pattern in your kitchen
So many homeowners see an show or magazine pic that does not take into account the fact that many couples and families have a morning routine in the kitchen that needs to be paid attention to when planning a remodel …. and also suppertime for young families is important when planning ,as well as homeowners who love to entertain. What about those holiday gatherings? Your kitchen is going to have “seasons” , just like our weather!
Stay tuned for 10 planning tips.We’ll be talking about planning ahead, breaking the rules, creating a beautiful space, buying quality and resources for researching product lines and much more. Kitchen planning is time-consuming. Let me help you!!