5 Common Kitchen Renovation Mistakes to Avoid

By Luster Custom Homes Posted Thursday, September 29th, 2016

One of the most important renovations you can make to your home is in the kitchen. Often looked at as the heart of a home, it’s one that will last for year’s to come and can increase the overall value of your abode.

Before you begin your kitchen renovation, it’s important that you partner with a reputable contractor. This will help ensure you avoid what can be common, but costly kitchen renovation mistakes. We’ve outlined our top five below:

  1. Not hiring professional installers can set both your budget and your timeline back. Whether it’s custom cabinets, unique imported flooring or textured wall coverings, professional installers are the experts. They know the ins and outs of their trade, what to anticipate with certain materials, and will make sure installment goes right the first time.
  2. Inaccurate measurements can completely derail a project and can end up being a very costly mistake. Measuring too quickly or inaccurately can result in errors such as cabinets that are too small or too big or flooring or appliances that don’t fit in their dedicated space. When you work with a reputable contractor, they can help makes sure measurements are done right the first time so there is no need for a redo.
  3. Not working with a designer can limit your results. Embarking on a kitchen renovation is a big investment, so it’s important you make sure everything flows with the rest of your home. From design and décor to architecture and individuality, a kitchen designer can help you pull your vision together. Designers can show you options you might not have thought of that can really enhance the space and create the “wow factor” in your home.
  4. Don’t forget about function. It’s exciting to renovate a kitchen and many times, homeowners are so focused on the finished product they forget about the space they actually have and how best to use it. A designer can help identify the best layout for your needs, maximizing the space you have to work with and how to give you the best layout and design.
  5. Making sure you plan room for storage is a critical part of any kitchen renovation. To have a well-organized kitchen, everything needs its own space whether it’s in the form of drawers, cabinets or a pantry. Many times we hear homeowners say they wish they spent a little more upfront on the organization elements by adding drawer dividers or small organizational elements into their space.  Typically adding it later, costs more. When you do a kitchen renovation, it’s the perfect opportunity for you to create the storage space you need, incorporating everything from unique nooks and crannies to house your favorite kitchen gadgets and accessories to custom built-ins to create a clutter-free kitchen you’ve always dreamed of.

While it’s tempting to want to jump right in and start to bring your vision for your kitchen to life, take the time to research the right contractor to be your partner throughout the process. Choosing the right team will help you avoid some of the most common mistakes and ensure your kitchen renovation is completed on time and within budget.