It is time to face the facts. Even the most well thought out plans for a kitchen remodel can hit some bumps in the road. Whether it’s a cabinet that just doesn’t fit snug or a wall paint that doesn’t look as good as you thought it would, most professional contractors out there can tell you about a mishap in a kitchen they’ve experienced firsthand. Thanks to those irritating mistakes that others have made however, we can offer five great tips to help you avoid making those same mistakes yourself as you plan your own kitchen makeover.
1. You do everything alone
With the busy lifestyles many of us lead today, alone time can be scarce and being able to work alone is often a nice way to get things done without having to explain how to do things to someone nobody else. If you are planning a major home remodel such as a kitchen remodel, time alone is not always a good idea at all. Hiring a professional kitchen remodel contractor is a good idea as they will be able to not only help with the design, but they can also help you with an overall budget that will be needed for the project. You’ll also want to schedule a consultation with a licensed plumber in your area to discuss sink installation (some great info on this at here), garbage disposal installation or running water lines for a new refrigerator. Having a second, and sometimes even a third set of eyes, and hands will help you stick to a budget and have a kitchen you’re happy with.
2. Go over your budget
Before starting work, make sure you have carefully planned every detail of the remodel. This includes your materials, cabinetry or other furniture, the best kitchen flooring, paint, tools and labor charges if you are hiring a contractor. Call the contractors and get a detailed estimate for the remodeling ahead of time and make it clear that you have a budget and can’t go over what you can afford. You don’t want to fall into a money trap and have to come up with more money to buy things you didn’t include in your original kitchen remodeling plans.
3. Wait too late to buy a device
A big mistake that many homeowners make is to wait until the new counters or cabinets are installed and the walls have been painted to choose their new appliances. If you don’t plan to buy a new device, then you’re in luck and you can simply measure things to accommodate your current ones. For the rest of you, buying the equipment before the job is done is the best way to make sure everything is measured correctly. Nothing can ruin a kitchen remodel more than having new cabinets or counters installed only to find out that they are a few inches too big and your stove will not fit in the space it needs to fit inside.
4. Not preparing for storage options
One of the goals of a kitchen remodel is to make enough space for storage. Unfortunately for many people, they plan for new appliances and countertops, but often don’t take enough time to consider storage. The kitchen is often called the heart of the home because it is where families come together for meals and conversation. It is also the room where dinnerware, pots and pans, kitchen gadgets, kitchen linen and small kitchen appliances need to be stored when not in use. . Be sure to go over storage details with your contractor to ensure you have enough cabinet space for everything when the remodel is complete.
5. Not using space wisely
When you are preparing a meal for dinner, you don’t want to walk from a sink or counter at one end of the kitchen to a stove at the other end. While this would be great exercise, it just doesn’t make sense for cooking a meal. Whether you have a very large kitchen or a very small one with limited space, take the time to plan everything so that cooking, cleaning and even coffee with a friend is easy to do.
Tips provided by Amer Zaghlouleh on Anytime Plumbing, Inc.