Moe Saadeh / KITCHENS / 20th July 2016
Kitchen renovations can be an invigorating and exciting experience for any homeowner. You could spend hours on Pinterest searching for renovation inspiration, flip through home magazines for ideas or consult various kitchen manufacturers for the best ideas. It can get all too easy to get caught up in thinking with your heart’s wild imagination instead of your head, so here are our 5 Kitchen Renovation Mistakes To Avoid – all to ensure you have the best looking and most functional kitchen possible!
Having Too much Open Shelving
Open shelving can add a quirky character to your kitchen, but you don’t want to overdo it – do you really want everyone to see your half opened bottle of ketchup and your mismatched mugs? When planning your kitchen, think of the few items you want to display proudly, and put these things (for example – your finest chinaware) front and center in an open shelving unit. The rest of your not too attractive items can be stored behind more traditional closed-door cabinets.
Inadequate Counter Space
One of the biggest complaints about kitchen design and renovation is the lack of counter space people end up with. Considering all the kitchen activities that require a countertop (kneading dough, prepping vegetables etc), as well as appliances that are permanently located there such as toasters and blenders, you want to squeeze in as much open horizontal surface area in a kitchen as possible. You can achieve this by installing a breakfast bar or island unit into your kitchen.
Choosing Appliances Last
If you are giving your kitchen a total makeover, it is advised that you choose your appliances first, instead of last – a common mistake many make. Choosing your gadgets and appliances first makes it easier to select cabinets and countertops that can accommodate and fit items such as your refrigerator and dishwasher, rather than the other way around!
The kitchen is the one room in your home where you can’t afford to have poor lighting. Not only is it a matter of design and atmosphere – it is also a safety concern when it comes to handling sharp knives and other dangerous kitchen appliances and tools. It is important to evaluate the work areas in your kitchen and focus on providing each spot with the necessary lighting it needs. Consider adding lighting directly above all the main work areas. It is also a good idea to install under-cabinet lighting to ensure that your kitchen counters have sufficient lighting for common kitchen tasks.
Forgoing A Backsplash
No, backsplashes are not just a visual aspect of a kitchen. When budgeting or designing a new kitchen, the backsplash often slips to the end of the list. Some may even choose to forgo a backsplash. This may save you money initially, but will cost you a lot more time and effort in the long run. Just imagine all the steam, water, and grease that builds up in the kitchen and you will understand why installing a backsplash above the cooktop and counters is a wise idea. It is incredibly easier to clean grease off a backsplash made of tile, metal, mirror or plastic than to be scrubbing it off paint or wallpaper.
Take note of our 5 Renovation Mistakes To Avoid before planning your next kitchen renovation, and save yourself boat loads of hassle, time and money. Remember, a perfect kitchen is one that is both aesthetically pleasing and fully functional at the same time.