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5 Blunders You Should Avoid While Redesigning Your Kitchen

Home remodeling is an evergreen trend in the US, with countless Americans planning these projects every year. The numbers highlight the popularity of the kitchen makeover trend in the country. The median spending on major kitchen remodels increased by 14% to $40,000 and that on minor spending grew by 25% to $10,000 in mid-2021 compared to 2020.

According to a 2022 survey, 29% of US homeowners were motivated to remodel their cooking space because it had deteriorated or broken down. Nearly 45% wanted to do it for a long time but took up the project this year because they had the financial means. Whatever your motivation, you should plan strategically to keep your project on track.

Many homeowners end up being impulsive and making wrong decisions while remodeling their kitchens. That’s often because they are too excited or fail to do their homework before diving in. Knowing the potential blunders will enable you to steer clear of them.

In this article, we will highlight a few mistakes you should skip when redesigning your kitchen.

Blunder #1: Failing to Budget Wisely

Forbes notes that the average kitchen remodeling project costs about $12,000 to $60,500, which includes the cost of materials, fixtures, and labor. However, not everyone may have saved up thousands before starting a makeover of their cooking space. Setting a reasonable budget from the beginning is the key, and not doing so is one of the worst mistakes.

Without a well-defined financial strategy, you may easily make impulsive choices and go over budget. Besides overspending on some components, you may forget important areas of the makeover. You may even exhaust your funds over useless changes. Evaluate your financial situation before beginning the project. Also, consider details like supplies, labor, and unanticipated costs and prioritize usability when it comes to upgrades.

Blunder #2: Ignoring Functional Layouts

Neglecting the significance of a functional layout is another mistake you should avoid while redesigning your kitchen. However, many homeowners end up going wrong because it is tempting to put beauty before practicality. Remember that an unworkable arrangement can become a source of daily annoyance as it slows you down.

Analyze how you use your kitchen space before making any key design decisions. For example, your refrigerator, stove, and sink should create a useful triangle so you can easily navigate between them. There should be enough counter space next to the cooking and prep areas to ease meal preparation. Implement these basic design principles to make your remodeling project a success.

Blunder #3: Overlooking Small Details

According to Bankrate, some of the most popular aspects of kitchen remodeling projects are painting walls, replacing lighting and plumbing fixtures, refurbishing floors, installing new cabinet hardware, and refreshing backsplash. However, it is crucial to focus on smaller details such as buying new appliances to ensure safe and healthy cooking. Not paying attention may lead to safety and health risks.

For example, you can invest in high-quality cast iron cookware and discard the old coated utensils to minimize exposure to toxic chemicals. Manufacturers like Crock-Pot, Tristar, and Instant Pot are notorious for defective pressure cookers. Having one of these in your kitchen indicates a constant risk of a pressure cooker explosion.

TorHoerman Law notes that these brands are facing several lawsuits under defective product claims. Best Buy even faces a class action lawsuit due to allegations citing that incorrect volume markings may cause overfilling and ejection of hot foods and liquids. Eliminating these products should be a part of the remodel if you have them.

Blunder #4: Underestimating Storage Needs

One major mistake homeowners commit in kitchen remodeling projects is not creating enough storage. While aesthetic components like countertops and cabinets may seem like a priority, they do not create the much-needed storage space. The last thing you want is a cluttered cooking space where you cannot find your tools and ingredients.

Assess your storage requirements and available space before completing your project’s design. You can install pull-out pantry shelves for quick access to dry products, deep drawers for pots and pans, and vertical storage for chopping boards and baking sheets. Use organizers and inserts to make the most of cabinet space.

Blunder #5: Forgetting About Ventilation

Indoor air quality studies highlight the risk of toxic exposures during cooking, making it essential to focus on good ventilation during your kitchen remodeling project. Your cooking space requires proper ventilation to eliminate moisture, grease particles, and odors. Without it, grease may accumulate on surfaces and unpleasant odors remain in your house. Even worse, excess moisture can lead to mold growth.

When renovating your kitchen, consider installing a range hood that extracts cooking residue from the air. Invest in the right size for your hob or range and ensure it is vented to the outside. Consider it a wise investment that keeps your kitchen hygienic and sanitary and improves the indoor air quality in your home.

In conclusion, redesigning your kitchen should be about creating an aesthetic and functional space. You can achieve both goals by avoiding these common blunders that can derail your project. Steering clear of them enables you to maximize the outcomes of your investment and design a dream cooking space.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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