Avoiding Kitchen Makeover Mistakes

Kitchen makeovers or an entire kitchen remodel can have the greatest impact on how you feel and live in your home as well as the biggest return on investment when selling your home.

There are a several things to concentrate on when considering a remodel:

  • Is the traffic flow pattern adequate?
  • How efficient is your work triangle, the movement from the sink, to the stove, to
    the refrigerator?
  • Do you have adequate work and prep space?
  • Do you have adequate and efficient storage (drawers vs. cupboards vs. pullouts)
  • Do you need a workstation or desk for mail, homework, computer, etc?

I see four common mistakes during kitchen remodels. (1) Time after time I see brand new remodels and still the refrigerator sticks out like a sore thumb! The 12” deep cabinets above the refrigerator still useless! And those stainless steel appliances you bought look great from the front but the sides are black! Build a full depth cabinet above the refrigerator and use it for storage of cookie sheets, splatter screens, and cutting boards and install a full panel on the side of the refrigerator to cover up the black sides. Voila…you’ve transformed your kitchen in a BIG way!  (2) using a 4” backsplash out of the same counter top material. The backsplash is a great opportunity to bring some color, style and bling into your kitchen. Use the entire 18” under your cabinets to make a statement, especially behind the stove where grease cleanup is difficult on a painted surface. (3) poor lighting; lighting plays such an important role in both efficiency and ambience. Spend a little extra for undercabinet lighting. Use 4” pot lights, not 6” for general lighting but don’t put so many in that it looks like craters on your ceiling, install some pendant lighting over the sink and/or island, and always install dimmers on all of your lighting. (4) assuming you can’t afford custom cabinetry–custom doesn’t always equate to a significantly more expensive product, but it does equate to a superior product. Especially considering that you get exactly what you want and every inch of your space is utilized and utilized efficiently.

Kitchen makeovers can be the most stressful areas to remodel, and we all know that the devil is in the details. As your interior designer, I handle those devilish details for you! I can help you evaluate your current space, make suggestions so that you get the most out of your home improvement dollars, prevent you from making costly mistakes, keep your remodel on schedule, and give you the most beautiful kitchen on the block!