Like fashion, there is always something that is ‘in’ when it comes to decorating your home in any given moment. While you want a fresh, updated look, be careful of going overboard with elements that are particularly trendy. The appeal will likely fade long before you have the funds to do another major overhaul of your kitchen. There are plenty of classic looks that can give you that modern touch you want.
Don’t Be Boring
This really isn’t so much of a mistake, but you do want to keep it in mind. Again, you are probably spending a pretty penny to redo your kitchen, and while you want to keep the ‘trendy’ element in check, don’t go so far to the other end of the spectrum that you end up with a space that feels completely uninspired. The kitchen is the heart of the home, and you want to make the room feel warm and inviting; it needs to have some soul, and a bit of your personality shining through. The kitchen should include at least one thing that is really creative or unique.
Bigger is Not Always Better
When redoing the kitchen, most people automatically want bigger—for many spaces, this is usually a solid idea, but bigger is not always better. Before you automatically go for an expansion, carefully consider the space. Talk with your contractor and get his input. A small kitchen can work just fine when it is designed well, has some thoughtful touches and is decked out with good, quality appliances.
Don’t Be Stingy with Your Cabinets
One of the biggest challenges with remodeling an expensive space like the kitchen is getting your desired result without throwing your budget out the window. You don’t necessarily need everything top of the line to create an attractive, functional space. Certain items deserve priority when it comes to the quality factor, namely the cabinets. You will be opening and closing them all the time—you want something with strong hinges that is durable. They are a defining feature of the room, so make sure you get something you really like from an aesthetic standpoint. Don’t skimp on this purchase in an effort to stretch out your budget and acquire as much ‘new stuff’ as you can.
Unclear Specs in the Job Bid
If you are going to be hiring a contractor, so you probably already know you should be getting multiple bids. One of the most common kitchen remodeling mistakes is not getting specific enough with the specs. This makes it really hard to accurately compare bids from different contractors. You must get as specific as you can with all the details. Be very clear with the type of flooring, material for the counter tops, what sort of cabinets you want, the type of lighting and so on and so forth. In the absence of this information, one contractor might assume you want higher-end materials, leaving you spending more than you originally planned, while another may quote a bid full of lower-quality materials that will leave you very unhappy with the job.