So your kitchen is a little outdated and you're looking to take on a remodeling project that will bring your kitchen space into this decade, increasing the resale value of your home in the process. Before you decide on your kitchen remodeling plans, however, there are some common mistakes you'll want to be careful to avoid.
Failing to Optimize the Layout
Don't assume that the layout your kitchen currently has is the best one for your needs. Simply throwing new cabinets and countertops into your kitchen space isn't going to do much if the space itself is non-functional. Consider meeting with a kitchen design contractor to figure out what layout will best suit your space. It might make more sense to shift the layout around a little in a way you never thought of in order to create additional space.
Choosing a Non-Practical Counter Material
These days, granite and marble countertops are very popular options. Not only are they elegant and durable, but they add that luxurious look and feel to any kitchen. Still, don't be so closed-minded in your design that you're not willing to consider other materials. After all, granite and marble both require maintenance in the form of re-sealing the stone every few years, whereas quartz is just as durable but is relatively maintenance-free.
Not Taking Cabinets Up to the Ceiling
If your existing kitchen had cabinets that stopped short of the ceiling, now is the time to change that. These days, home buyers prefer taller cabinets that extend all the way to the ceiling (assuming you don't have 15-foot ceilings in your kitchen). Cabinets that stop short are often a waste of space and a sign of an outdated kitchen.
Failing to Consider Functional Space
Finally, when designing your kitchen, don't forget to consider the functional space while the kitchen is actually in use. For example, that huge refrigerator with the slide-out freezer door might seem like a great idea, but if there's not much clearance between the sliding door and the cabinets across from it, you're probably better off with a standard French-door refrigerator and freezer. This is another situation where working with a kitchen design specialist can help you maximize your space and avoid potential pitfalls.
By avoiding these mistakes while designing your new kitchen, you can end up with a space that you absolutely love spending time in and that's worth your investment. For more about this topic, talk to a remodeling contractor in your area.