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6 Mistakes to Avoid When Planning Your Kitchen Remodel

Are you tired of trying to whip up culinary masterpieces in a kitchen that doesn't function properly, isn't suited to your needs, or is just plain ugly and outdated? It's time to get started on planning a kitchen remodel.

While planning a kitchen renovation is a big challenge, it's also a lot of fun! This is your opportunity to really put your own personality and sense of style into your home in a big way—or, if you're thinking of selling your home soon, choose a classic, neutral look that will increase your property value and offer a good return on investment.

Whether you need a major remodel or a few small tweaks to your existing room, there are some pitfalls you should avoid during the planning process. This guide will explain six common mistakes to navigate around so you can come up with a plan that will result in your ideal cooking and socializing space. And, when you have a vision in mind, you can rely on the remodeling experts at Mr. Handyman of Midwest Collin County to turn your dream kitchen into reality.

1. Prioritize Form Over Function

When you're paging through glossy photos of epic, beautifully appointed kitchens, it's easy to forget that kitchens aren't all about aesthetics. Appearances are important, but not as important as making sure this highly utilitarian room functions perfectly for your needs—when you're in the middle of cooking a four-course meal, you'll care more about ease of use than looks or kitchen trends.

This isn't so much about quality of materials—of course you want to use high-quality products—but the expensive option isn't always going to be the best choice for you. For example, laminate flooring or countertops may not scream "luxury," but they're durable, attractive, and easy to maintain. Or, you may want a radical new layout; yet, be attentive to the fact that kitchens tend to follow a few tried-and-true patterns for a reason. The stove, refrigerator, and sink should be situated in a rough triangle with one appliance or fixture at each point for ease of use in a busy room.

2. Forget to Pad the Budget

Even if you have every single thing planned out to the dollar, there are always unexpected situations in any kitchen project that push the budget past what you were planning to spend. The best way to deal with this problem is to pad the budget in advance by adding at least 30% on top of the average cost you've calculated. That way, unexpected issues can be handled without financial stress, and in the rare event that you don't need that padding, you've got the start of a bathroom remodel fund.

3. Neglect the Cabinets

Because they take up so much space—both physically and visually—it's a big mistake to leave your kitchen cabinets out of the remodel. If you've ever wished you had a better solution for storing pots and pans, or that the cutlery drawer was closer to the dishwasher, or you had a pantry cupboard next to the refrigerator, this is you chance to correct those problems with custom or semi-custom cabinetry that is designed and constructed just for you.

If you like your current cabinetry layout and they're still in good condition, but you want a style refresh, cabinet refacing is a cost-effective option to drastically change the appearance of your kitchen by changing out doors and drawer fronts while leaving the cabinet boxes as they are. Or, if you're keeping the same style, a fresh coat of paint may be all you need to take them from drab to fab.

4. Choose the Wrong Tile

When you look at the product options available for tile, the wide variety of colors, shapes, sizes, patterns, styles, and materials can feel overwhelming. One of the biggest questions you need to ask yourself is how much maintenance you're willing to do.

Natural materials such as slate and marble are stunningly beautiful, but they require regular maintenance such as sealing to keep them looking good. On the other hand, porcelain or ceramic tiles may not be as visually dramatic, but they're highly durable and a lot easier to maintain than more expensive flooring. You may be fine with extra work in exchange for the appeal of natural stone, but it's good to be aware of the pros and cons before you decide.

Don't forget about the backsplash! While glass is not suitable for the floor for obvious reasons, a glass tile backsplash can brighten up the room with its translucent beauty and add a pop of color along with its protective qualities. And if you have damaged tile, our ultimate tile repair checklist may help.

5. Fail to Add Storage Space

Whether you've got a small or large room to work with, storage is an absolute must-have in a kitchen. You may be perfectly happy with the amount of storage you have currently, but most people could use more if they had it. Additions such as pantries, kitchen islands, hanging pot racks, pull-out cutting boards, cabinet turntables, and many other options can better utilize the space available and make it a lot less frustrating for busy chefs. It doesn't have to be elaborate—a pantry can be a separate room like a walk-in closet, but it can also be as simple as a large, fridge-sized cabinet for storing dry goods.

6. Stay Locked In a Closed-Off Room

Is your current kitchen blocked off from living or dining spaces? It doesn't have to stay that way. If you'd like to be able to keep an eye on the family room while you're cooking, or socialize with people in the dining room, consider removing a wall or creating a pass-through to open up the space and make it easier for people in the kitchen to see and participate in what's happening in other rooms.

Trust Mr. Handyman to Take Care of Your Kitchen Remodel Project

Whether you're in McKinney or nearby towns such as Altoga, Allen, or Melissa, you can count on experienced kitchen renovation services from the professionals at Mr. Handyman of Midwest Collin County; we also offer expert advice so you can make remodeling decisions with confidence.

Give us a call today at 214-387-3474 to chat with our friendly customer service staff about how we can help transform your home and give you the kitchen of your dreams!