The Most Common Mistakes During Kitchen Remodels and How You Can Avoid Them

The Most Common Mistakes During Kitchen Remodels and How You Can Avoid Them

Kitchen remodels provide a fun and exciting way to bring some change into your home while preserving the essence of it – or completely turn it upside down.

The choice is always yours.

Regardless of the type and scope of a kitchen remodel, they are always a great undertaking, and unfortunately, a lot could go wrong if the process is not well thought-out.

That is why we have collected a list of the most common kitchen remodeling mistakes we have seen over almost 20 years.

Let’s dive in!

1. Not planning the project right

Not planning the project right

After you’ve made the decision to remodel, you will need to explore the following things to make the project a success:

  • your needs
  • how long the process might take
  • your budget

It’s important to decide in advance if you want to proceed with a full kitchen remodel or just parts of it, and keep in mind how long that might take.

Unfortunately, underestimating how long the remodel process can take is probably the number one mistake that we have seen made over the years.

Planning, deciding on the right materials for your cabinets and countertops, measurements, and the execution of the project all take time to ensure they are done right.

Once you settled on the volume of the work, you need to examine the budget you are willing to spend on it.

It is no secret that investing into your kitchen remodel will definitely increase the value of your home, but it is essential to see your numbers clearly to plan a successful project.

2. Focusing on looks over function

Focusing on looks over function

Inspiration is everywhere: whether you find it on your Pinterest boards, or you are inspired by your friend’s or neighbor’s home.

But however great those pictures may look, sometimes they can push you into making bad decisions for your home if you don’t consider your needs.

What do we mean by that?

Open shelves and huge kitchen islands with no cabinets might work for some and look extremely great in pictures, but for others, it is all about storage and functionality.

Remodeling is a great way to redesign one of the most important spaces in your home and make it as functional as possible for your everyday life – while ensuring it looks great.

Don’t be afraid to bring your needs to the table when discussing a remodel, especially if you are planning on sticking with the same design and floor plan for a long time.

3. DIY mishaps

DIY mishaps

Choosing to get things done on your own can be equally fun and stressful, especially if you are not 100% sure about what you are doing.

Generally, correcting mishaps is much more costly than getting the job done by professionals.

Getting the cheaper materials, spending the time to train yourself or follow a tutorial to see how things work out might not bring the best overall results, and if you end up needing professional help, it might feel like a waste of your resources.

If you are really into DIY projects, we would recommend starting with smaller details and asking for professional help for the bigger chunks of a project like fabricating and installing cabinets or countertops.

4. Not choosing the right professionals

Not choosing the right professionals

Whether it is a smaller or bigger kitchen remodel, it is always extremely important that you start working with the right team.

Trying to find the right fit for the right price might seem like a large time commitment, but it is an investment you can make to ensure your kitchen turns out exactly as you imagined it to be – or even better.

Bad installations or low quality work might not be visible at first, but they will show over time, and it might become impossible to save the initial project, resulting in you spending much more on a remodel than you intended to.

5. How to avoid common mistakes

How to avoid common mistakes

At Simple Living Kitchen & Bath, we strive for simple, yet feasible solutions.

There is one very easy way to avoid all the mistakes that were mentioned above: work with professionals who know exactly what they are doing and how to bring your visions to life.

Trust us, it is much easier to have a kitchen remodeled when you let those who have been working on kitchen remodels for decades handle the heavy lifting.

Call us at 352-240-6099 with any questions!

We are happy to guide you through our process, and here to find the best possible solution that will work for your kitchen.