There are many reasons why someone would want to tackle a kitchen remodel on their own instead of hiring a professional handyman or contractor. It could be anything from wanting to be self-sufficient to trying to be budget-conscious. Whatever your reason, it will only be worth it if the job is done correctly. A poorly remodeled kitchen can end up costing you more than it would have to hire a professional to do it in the first place. So if you’re really set on performing your kitchen remodel yourself, make sure you are aware of these common kitchen remodeling mistakes.
The first mistake that is often made is in regards to the layout of the kitchen. There are three main aspects of a kitchen, and they are the stove, sink and refrigerator. Some homeowners make the mistake of placing all three of these next to each other, but that actually makes it very challenging to be able to prep and cook, especially if more than one person is in the kitchen. Instead, you should create a triangle with these three items, so you have more room to work and have a better workflow.
The second big mistake is choosing your appliances at the end of your project. Appliances all have very different measurements, and if you install cabinets and counters before you have the appliances, there is a chance that the appliances you have chosen are not going to fit. You need to have the measurements of your new appliances at the beginning of your project, otherwise you could cause major delays to your renovation.
Taking precise and accurate measurements is crucial in order to have a successful renovation. If you are even the slightest bit off, it can cause major problems. You need accurate measurements to order your materials and to ensure that everything will fit together. Make sure you measure everything at least twice.
Some homeowners put a lot of focus on a few aspects of the remodeling project, such as the cabinets, countertops, flooring and appliances, and they forget about all of the other details. It is also important that time and consideration are also given to the backsplash, cabinet hardware, faucet and lighting. Although these items may seem small in comparison to some of the bigger items, they have a great impact on how the end project is going to turn out.
Another mistake that homeowners make is not working with a kitchen designer and not having a picture of what the final finished kitchen will look like. Some people are more visual and if they do not have the ability to picture how all of the elements will come together, they may not realize that some of their colors, and material choices do not actually go together. You want to make sure that you have a clear picture of how all of the elements are going to work with each other, otherwise you could be very unhappy once the kitchen is finished.
Make sure you avoid these common mistakes and you should end up with your dream kitchen.