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Don’t Make These Mistakes With Your Kitchen Remodeling Project


October 3, 2018

Now that you’ve made the decision to get started with your Denver kitchen remodeling project, you want to make sure you do it right. Obviously, that involves hiring the right contractor to help with the project. It also means avoiding some common mistakes before and during the remodeling process.

Not Considering Workflow

When remodeling your kitchen, consider the current workflow pattern and whether it is working for your. Your cooktop, sink, and refrigerator should be conveniently located so that each is easily accessible while you are preparing food. Ideally, the three will form a triangle arrangement. 
If you need help planning this aspect of the design process, read this article from the pros at Houzz: How to Plan a Kitchen Workflow That Works.

Underestimating Storage

This is an easy mistake to make, so make a list of everything you’ll need to store in your kitchen, including small appliances, pantry items, and so on. If storage is a problem in your current kitchen, be sure to consider items that you might be storing elsewhere because there isn’t enough room.

Not Planning for Good Lighting

Lighting can make or break a room—and that especially holds true for the kitchen. You will want bright lights for performing tasks, and you might also want mood lighting for romantic dinners. Consider both when designing your dream kitchen.

Overlooking the Small Details

There are a lot of elements that go into a kitchen remodeling project, and it can be easy to forget about them. It’s fun to pick out new cabinets, hardware, and countertops, but consider too what you can’t immediately see. You will want to pick out drawer dividers, pull out shelves, and lazy Susans to make life easier and utilize space efficiently.  

Playing It Too Safe

Sure, the kitchen has to be practical for everyday use, but you can also have a bit of fun with the style. White cabinets and walls might feel like a safe way to go, but they can also be a bit clinical if you combine them with stainless steel appliances. Consider jazzing up the space with an eye-catching glass tile backsplash or a uniquely patterned tile floor.

Going Over Budget

When you are remodeling your kitchen, you’ll quickly learn that it is easy to blow your budget. Be realistic about setting a budget you can stick with while also planning on contingencies. Most experts recommend not spending more than 20 percent of your home’s value on a kitchen renovation, or you could over-improve and not recoup your investment when it’s time to sell. Be sure to plan on at least 10 percent of the budget for unexpected costs. 
At Ridgeline Design and Build, you can depend on our team of experts to help you through every step of the process of your kitchen remodel—and ensure that you avoid making mistakes. Besides helping clients transform their kitchens, we also specialize in basement, decks, and bathroom remodels. Together, we can bring your design vision to life! Contact Ridgeline Design and Build in Colorado today for your free consultation. Call us today at 303-346-6100.