Avoiding Blunders in Your Dream Kitchen:

Common Mistakes to Sidestep During a Kitchen Remodel

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Remodeling your kitchen is an exciting prospect! It’s a chance to create a space that’s both beautiful and functional, a place where you can cook up delicious meals and gather with loved ones. For most of us the kitchen is where our family “lives”.

But before you dive headfirst into demolition, it’s important to be aware of some common mistakes that can derail your dream kitchen.

Over the last 65 years our team at Almar Building & Remodeling, has seen it all, from plumbing woes to countertop calamities. So, we’ve compiled a list of the most frequent faux pas to avoid, ensuring your kitchen remodel is a smooth and satisfying journey.

Neglecting the Budget

It may seem obvious, but underestimating the cost of a remodel is a recipe for disaster. Kitchens are expensive, and there are always hidden costs that can creep up. Factor in everything from materials and labor to permits and unexpected repairs.

We remind homeowners to plan for a contingency fund. This is where you allocate a buffer of 10-15% of your total budget for contingencies. Be realistic about your spending and don’t be afraid to adjust your plans if needed.

A well-planned and executed remodel is an investment that will add value to your home in the long run. By factoring in potential curveballs and planning for the unpredictable, you’ll transform your kitchen remodel from a stressful slog to a smooth and satisfying journey.

Forgetting About Workflow

Your kitchen should be a symphony of movement, instead of an obstacle course. In some layouts, you just can’t have multiple people in the same space at the same time. Consider how you cook and move around the space. Is the traffic flow smooth? Are appliances positioned conveniently? Don’t get seduced by trendy layouts that don’t suit your cooking style.

Working with one of our designer trade partners can be very helpful. A designer can be an asset in helping you make selections that will complement your personal style and budget. Designers have the knowledge and experience to select pieces that are both stylish and functional, and they can also help you avoid costly mistakes.

Skimping on Storage

A beautiful kitchen is also a functional one. That means ample storage space for all your pots, pans, appliances, and pantry staples. Don’t underestimate the power of cabinets, drawers, and pull-out shelves. They’ll keep your countertops clutter-free and your sanity intact.

Consider maximizing storage by utilizing vertical space, incorporating corner cabinets, and installing pull-out organizers in deep drawers. Every inch counts!

Overlooking the Triangle

The kitchen triangle refers to the imaginary path between the sink, stove, and refrigerator. The shorter and more efficient this triangle is, the smoother your cooking experience will be. Avoid placing these key elements too far apart, as it will lead to unnecessary steps and wasted energy.

Ignoring the Details

It’s the little things that make a big difference. Don’t neglect details like hardware, lighting, and plumbing fixtures. Choose finishes that complement your overall design and are durable enough to withstand daily wear and tear. Pay attention to grout lines, cabinet alignment, and electrical outlets.

Hiring a professional contractor, (like Almar) who pays attention to detail and takes pride in their workmanship. A quality remodel is all about the little things done right.

By avoiding these common mistakes, you can set yourself up for a successful and stress-free kitchen remodel. Remember, planning is key! With careful planning and execution, you’ll be whipping up culinary masterpieces in your dream kitchen in no time.

Let’s get planning.

Allison Guido

Almar's CEO has over 20 years of experience in the remodeling industry. She is constantly learning and looking for ways to improve our homeowners' remodeling process and experience. Her mission is to break the Contractor Stereo Type and provide a great product at a good price for our homeowners.