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Top Mistakes Made When Designing A Kitchen

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Whether you’re designing a kitchen for your new home or remodeling your existing kitchen, it can be an overwhelming place to begin. From picking out your new countertops and appliances to knocking down walls and expanding your space, there is so much to think about. It’s easy to find advice from people about what you should do, but you rarely hear about the mistakes that can be made and how to avoid them. In this blog post, we will be discussing some of the top mistakes that are made when designing or remodeling a kitchen and how you can avoid them. Keep reading to learn more!


Not Budgeting Before or Enough

Just like any home renovation project you want to make sure that you set a budget for yourself. The cost of various projects can add up quickly between materials, labor costs, and other aspects of your building process. You don’t want to end up with sticker shock or feel like you have to compromise in other financial areas of your life, which is why making a budget is so important. Not only do you want to budget, but you also want to make sure that you have some wiggle room in that budget. Once again, you may have thought you had everything taken care of but there are those small details that you may have overlooked. Many times, you’ll hear people say that it is good to make a larger budget that you’re still comfortable with. That way you’ll be able to stay in budget but can still allow for various costs if needed.


Not Researching Before Hand

It can be tempting to want to dive in head first when you begin designing your new space but you want to make sure that you do your research beforehand. This research can encompass a multitude of things like appliances, kitchen countertops materials, interior design elements, and the companies that supply these materials. Ask your friends and family about who they went through, chances are they’ll tell you exactly what they loved and didn’t love. You can also check out companies testimonials or reviews pages to see what customers are saying there. You can easily view our customer reviews onsite. If you have more questions about us, feel free to reach out to us directly!


Not Considering Your Lifestyle

Your home should not only be the place you find comfort in but it should cater towards your lifestyle. When designing a kitchen, you want to consider your current or future lifestyle and what you may need. Some lifestyle questions to consider are:

  • How many people are living in your household?

  • Do you have children? Or do you plan to have children?

  • Are you someone who loves to cook?

  • Do you work from home and will this kitchen be a part of your workspace?

  • Are you planning to sell your home?

  • Do you like to host events or dinner parties?

  • What type of storage do you need?

  • What type of counters are you looking for?

  • Are you going for more of an aesthetic approach or needing more functionality?

The list goes on and on but these are just a few things to keep in mind when designing your new kitchen. Asking yourself these questions will allow you to make decisions faster and help you avoid any mistakes.


Overlooking Storage Details

The storage in your kitchen can truly make or break it. From endless appliances, pots and pans, dishes, and food items, you can easily run out of storage very quickly. Make sure to plan your new kitchen design around that. It’s pretty easy to add in some hidden cabinets under your kitchen island, countertops, and many other places. This can help keep you organized even as your home and family continues to grow.


Spacing Out Appliances Appropriately

Whether you like to consider yourself a gourmet chef or not, the kitchen is one of the most active areas of your home, and even more so if you have a family. Think of your workflow and plan this space out according to your needs. You’ll most likely want to keep your large appliances closer together and give yourself plenty of countertop space too. Many kitchen designers refer to this as the “work triangle”.


Find What You’re Willing to Compromise on Before

When you’re redesigning your kitchen the world is your oyster. Before you start, make a list of all the things that you want and need. These can be design elements like:

  • Implementing a kitchen island

  • Picking out a new countertop material

  • Wanting a bigger fridge

  • And more

These can also be things like adding a coffee corner to your kitchen or maybe you want a touchless faucet. Think about all the things that you want to add into your kitchen. Once you’ve compiled that list, are there things that you are willing to compromise on? Most of the time, these compromises are due to budget constraints, so figuring out what you can splurge on will help give you a more clear picture of what you’re going to do.

Designing a kitchen should be a fun and exciting time in your life, so we hope that these tips have made it a bit less stressful. When it comes to kitchen remodeling and design, Michigan Kitchen Distributors has been in the industry for years and can help make the kitchen design process easier, especially when it comes to countertops. We offer in-home consultations and carry a wide variety of materials including quartz, granite, solid surface and laminate countertops. Connect with us today for more information!