Remodeling a kitchen can give the best feeling in your home. If properly done, it can become a place to chill out with friends to sit around the countertop with friends and family as you talk and sip some drinks, while you wait for the food to be ready. For a family with kids, it can be a place for them to do their homework from, as you prepare dinner. Although the kitchen is very beneficial, a few remodeling mistakes can ruin the fun. This article looks at eight different mistakes that you should avoid when renovating the kitchen space.
- Not Informing Your Insurer
Keeping your insurer in the dark is catastrophic because the added features and appliances may break. In case this happens, the repair, replacement and maintenance costs fall squarely on your shoulders since the insurance was not amended to cover for the updates. It is advisable that you contact your insurance provider so that you agree on coverage of the updates. You do not want surprises when breakages or damages occur.
- Installing the Floor First
This is a huge mistake since the new floor is prone to breakages and damages from the feet traffic and when some heavy appliances are being dragged into the kitchen. Damages to the floor are inevitable during kitchen remodeling. It is advisable that the floor comes last and let the drag fall on the old floor to be demolished in the near future.
- Not Planning Ahead
Most people forget about this important bit. Failure to plan could lead you to put so much of your budget into an area that does not need that much. Kitchen remodeling is quite an engaging affair, so you want to accord everything the right amount of money. In addition, this will alleviate any chances of forgetting some important features or installing some features before others that should come first.
- Approximating Measurements
While building the cabinets, doors and drawers, most people have a tendency of measuring just once and then they cut before confirming the measurement. Some even forget or ignore the measurements altogether. This result is some features not fitting into the available spaces and not flashing against each other properly. Experts recommend this adage ‘measure twice and cut once’ when dealing with measurements.
- Installing the Appliances Last
Installing appliances last is a common mistake people make, most probably with an assumption that appliances will be damaged if they come first. What they do not remember is that appliances set the measurements for the size of the cabinetry and countertops. This thus means that they should come first. That being said, great caution should be observed when doing the remodeling, so that you do not damage the appliances.
- Not Buying Materials and Appliances First
Failure to buy materials and appliances beforehand is a mistake since most supplies stores give huge discounts when someone buys materials and tools in bulk. To take advantage of the discounts, delivery costs and warranties, buy the materials first and in bulk. This also eliminates chances of forgetting some important features that you may be forced to fix later, botching up the whole project.
- Giving Up Counter Space
Countertops are the most important features of the kitchen, followed by the cabinetry. It is the first thing that someone sees after getting into the kitchen. Experts advise that you should maximize on the space available and cover the countertop with elegant materials like marble and stone to boost its look and feel. This creates enough space for you to prepare your food and chill out with friends and family.
- Forgetting the Work Plan
This is a common mistake amongst many homeowners. They get so excited about the whole outcome and tend to deviate from the work flow. This results to some grievous mistakes since you forget to install some features, or end up installing some features before others that should have come first.
Since you might not be able to do the whole remodeling project by yourself, it is important to first identify those works that you can and the ones you should leave to the contractors. Upon doing that, do not get started before you consult your contractor on how to go about them, and what order they should follow. The benefit of hiring a contractor is that you will not be prone to most of these mistakes. They will also help in formulating the work plan as well as advising on the available designs. Most importantly is that this will save you time and allow you to engage in other engagements in life, as well as give you peace of mind, knowing that they will deliver some great results.