Posted on 08/31/2012
Kitchen remodeling is not an easy job. Although it increases functionality and adds value to your home, it is still an expensive and detailed oriented project. While cost is always taken into consideration, design is also critical to the success of the project. Let’s not forget how important your selection of countertops, cabinets, and appliances are to the overall design of your kitchen!
Rushing into the project without research: Designing a kitchen is not a home improvement project that you can start right away. Before you begin, you should take measurements and also make a list of the things you want to change in your kitchen. You can go online or look through magazines to research cabinet styles, appliances, fixtures, counters, backsplashes, and flooring for your kitchen. You can use what you find as references to share with your contractor. The contractor should then be able to give you suggestions to help you assess the advantages and disadvantages of products and ideas on your list.
Confusing price with performance: Cheaper doesn’t always mean better. Many people become tempted by the low price of a product and often forget to consider the product’s performance. Your kitchen is a place in your home that sustains a heavy amount of daily use and traffic, so you will need to install products that both function well and are durable. You don’t need to go over the top with a recent kitchen trend that is eye catching but may not get the job done. How about energy efficiency? You don’t want to buy a high-end product that isn’t cost and energy efficient, do you? Make sure you install products that will not only benefit your home but also your wallet!
It may seem simple but kitchen remodeling is anything but simple. Do-it-yourself television shows make remodeling a kitchen seems like it’s an easy project when it truly is not. When you remodel your kitchen, you are making a significant investment in your home and even one mistake can be costly! We highly recommend hiring a kitchen designer. Rest assured that you are making an investment that counts! Designers are also up-to-date on products and can help you in making wise choices that save on costs.
With more people staying in their homes rather than moving, kitchen remodels and home improvement projects are becoming more popular. Upgrades are necessary as well as the need for better accessibility. Make sure when you remodel your kitchen that you are planning ahead, purchasing the most efficient products (consider heating your kitchen floors, too!), as well as hiring a professional. Not only will it save you the trouble of making a design mistake you might have to live with for a long time, but it can also save you money.
Avoiding these three common mistakes should help guide you to a successful remodel!
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