Kitchen Remodeling Dont’s - HomeInBrevard

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Jay Kaiser (Exit Mountain Realty)

Thinking of updating your kitchen? The kitchen is one of the most utilized and functional rooms of the house. Here, meals are prepared and served, homework is done, lunches are packed, joy is celebrated and hearts are healed. There are so many directions in which a kitchen design and remodel can be taken. Avoiding these rookie mistakes can ensure that you are happy with the finished product for years to come.

Mistake #1: Designing your kitchen for form and not function. It may be true that you just found the sweetest deal on that beautiful new refrigerator, or saw some counters or cabinet fixtures that you simply must have, but stop! First consider your current lifestyle, and determine how the kitchen is or will play into your day to day living. If you have children, or are too busy to maintain certain style elements, then avoid them. Determine how you live and then get the design elements that complement that style.

Mistake #2: Going with the trend. Trendy colors and shapes can often date a kitchen as it would any room. Be wary of colors, styles, and trends that are so out there that they are gone even before you’ve finished paying for them. Those brightly colored appliances may look great now, but years from now, you may find yourself wondering how you ever got talked into purchasing them. Stick with sleeker, more modern-but-neutral tones and accessorize!

Mistake #3: Letting someone else choose your scheme. How your room looks and feels when it is finished is important… but just as important is making sure your kitchen reflects who you are! No matter how overwhelmed you might feel, don’t simply hand the project off to the contractor or the designers… their version of your vision may not meet your expectations or your budget… and that’s never a good thing. To ensure the needs of your family are met in your kitchen, stay involved in all levels of the project.

Mistake #4: Embarking on a DIY journey. Unless you are an experienced professional, it is never a good idea to try to do the work of your own remodel. Skilled, licensed, and insured professionals are a must! You need to hire multiple experts to complete the tasks: kitchen designers, contractors, and architects can’t be expected to fulfill each other’s roles. To make the most informed and cost effective decisions and for the most efficient and satisfying outcome, hire a team to work on your remodeling job, and save yourself the disappointment of trying to complete your vision with Google and HGTV help books.

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Comments (1)

Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate
Kelly Right Real Estate - Hood River, OR
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Very good advice on updating a kitchen. I especially like the idea of not just following trends (especially those that might not last long!) and not letting someone else come up with the scheme. That said, last year I painted our very dated oak kitchen cabinets white myself. We simply couldn't afford new cabinets, but I just couldn't live with the old any more. For under $150, I felt like I had a whole new kitchen that I'm thrilled with now.


Aug 28, 2012 01:26 PM