We all remember what Murphy’s law states, “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.” Based strictly on anecdotal evidence that might be particularly true when it comes to kitchen remodeling projects. Projects going way over budget. A do-it-yourself project that never gets done. Disagreements and frustration that can test a family relationship. Whatever the circumstances, there are a lot of horror stories out there.
Your friends at Kotz Heating, Cooling & Plumbing don’t want this to happen to you. We’ve put together a list of some of the most common mistakes and ways to avoid them.
Make a Plan and Stick To It
Decide what you are trying to accomplish with the kitchen renovation and be sure the project fits your needs. Some common questions to ask yourself:
- How much do you cook?
- Are appliances important to you?
- Will the kitchen be a social center of your house?
- Are the kids going to use the kitchen to do their homework?
The answers will help determine the style of the kitchen as well as how you are going to allocate your money, time and other resources.
Don’t Do It Alone
You may very well be a talented do-it-yourselfer, but the truth is most people overestimate their talents and the time they will have to dedicate to a kitchen remodel. It’s no fun when a project that should take two or three weeks takes two or three months. Additionally, the advice of a professional designer can be invaluable during the planning phase. His or her full-time job is staying updated on the latest styles and trends on things like kitchen islands, cabinets, and hardware.
Busting The Budget
No matter how much you tell yourself you’re only going to spend $XX on your countertops, you find yourself falling in love with that expensive marble/quartz/granite material because it’s so beautiful. Just that quickly your budget is blown out of the water. Also, keep in mind, cabinets usually account for about one-third of a typical remodeling budget.
When To Choose Your Appliances
If this is a total makeover, choose your appliances first to match the design of the kitchen. It’s much easier to pick cabinets, countertops, and hardware to match the appliances than the other way around.
It’s an old rule, but it’s a good one. The busiest areas are the sink, stove, and refrigerator. Make sure they are in a triangle pattern so you can move easily from one area to another.
Treasure Counter Space
Generally speaking, there’s no such thing as too much counter space. Don’t give it up without having a good reason. This is another area where a professional designer can help. There are some innovative ways to extend the counters in your Waterford, MI home.
Help is Close By
Any kitchen remodel can be stressful so let us help. Stop by the Kotz Plumbing Showroom at 5806 Dixie Highway in Waterford. We have thousands of plumbing fixtures and solutions and the expertise of an in-house designer to help you with your kitchen renovation.