These days, many homeowners base their home improvements projects around their ROI just as much as they do personal preference. In fact, even a minor kitchen remodel has an average return on investment (ROI) of 82.7%. But before you make any final decisions or even start to call contractors for a kitchen remodel, it’s important to be aware of some common mistakes made mostly by first-time homeowners. Here are some of the most common kitchen renovation makeover mistakes to avoid.
Not Keeping High-Traffic Areas Clear
During a kitchen remodel, it can seem tempting to reorganize and rearrange everything, from your kitchen table to your appliances. While mixing things up is always a nice touch, don’t forget to make sure your kitchen maintains its functionality. Kitchen designers refer to the sink, stove, and refrigerator as its ‘work triangle,’ so keeping this area free of obstructions will make it much easier to navigate when your remodeled kitchen is ready for use.
Installing Too Much Open Shelving
Open shelves are great for adding to a relaxed and informal kitchen atmosphere. However, if there are too many of them, or they’re unorganized, they’ll just look cluttered and overfilled. Before you choose open shelving, consider carefully what you hope to display in it. It’s one thing to display your home’s finest glass china, but if you just want to showcase your various knick-knacks, there’s almost always a better location for them.
Not Considering Outlet Placement
This is a problem that’s also common in vintage bathroom designs. Before you make any drastic changes to your kitchen’s layout, make sure to check whether or not your electrical outlets’ placement will allow for it. If not, you’ll either have to pay extra to install a few more, or revamp your idea into something that aligns with your kitchen’s existing electrical layout.
Neglecting Kitchen Lighting
Finally, proper kitchen lighting is what helps to showcase all your hard remodeling work. Experts say your kitchen should have three separate types of lighting: overhead lights for general illumination, spotlights for specific cooking tasks, and accent lights for drawing attention to your kitchen’s most unique design elements.
Ultimately, being aware of these kitchen renovation makeover mistakes can help you get that much closer to creating the kitchen you’ve always dreamed of. For more information about small kitchen remodeling ideas, contact HT Renovations.