Kitchen renovations can be difficult. From following trends to accounting for hidden renovation costs, there are many points in your plan to juggle. And while it’s easy to collect endless kitchen inspiration, it’s not as common to look up common mistakes that occur in the process. That’s why today, we’re sharing nine common mistakes that you should avoid when you commence your renovation.
#1: Lack of planning
Planning the layout is the first thing you should do. Unfortunately, many people get caught up in the aesthetic design of the kitchen, forgetting about its functionality. To avoid this, make sure you take time to consider how it will all work in practice and measure again to be sure.
Here are some common examples of a lack of planning:
- Dishwasher right under the sink instead of being to the side of the sink
- Doors clash and can’t be opened at the same time
- Kitchen triangle structure (sink, stove unit, and fridge) is ignored
#2: Forgetting the power points
This goes hand-in-hand with lack of planning. Realistically, you’re going to need more than two power points in the kitchen. All your appliances need a source of power – not to mention that it would be nice to charge your phone while you’re looking at a recipe, for example. A great place to install power points is on your kitchen countertops.
#3: Not utilising all your space
Realistically, there are a lot of things you need to store in the kitchen. Pots, pans, appliances and other utensils add up pretty quickly, so it pays to include as much storage space as possible without crowding your kitchen.
An easy way to do this is to work around your main cabinets and large appliances. Some areas that are commonly overlooked for storage include:
- Above the fridge
- Underneath cabinets using toe-kick storage methods
- Above other cabinets, touching the ceiling
#4: Buying big appliances last
Choosing big appliances (such as a fridge or an oven) might not be as exciting as designing your cabinet spaces, but that doesn’t mean you should leave the task at the bottom of your list.
Buying the big appliances after the cabinets have been placed means that you need to find ones that fit your space exactly. This could see you wasting money on an inefficient appliance for the sake of its size (or worse still, you may not even find an appliance that fits).
Instead, you should be investigating your ideal appliances before thinking about unit design. This way, you can plan your cabinets and other units around the exact measurements of the appliances, giving your kitchen that seamless look.
#5: Tiny kitchen countertops
Kitchen countertops are the cornerstones of kitchen functionality. But while you’re planning, it might seem fine to cut down on the space you’re allowing for kitchen countertops – you’re only cutting down a little, right?
Unfortunately this limits practicality, since many activities in the kitchen require ample space on kitchen countertops. Instead, allow for larger kitchen countertops in the planning stage.
#6: Going too trendy (or not trendy enough)
It’s a tough spectrum to grapple. Going too trendy with your accessories and colours means that your kitchen design will become dated fairly quickly. Alternatively, not putting enough style into the design will give it an ordinary – or worse, boring – look. The key is to balance timeless textures, lighting and accessories that complement the neutral base colour.
#7: Poor ventilation system
A lack of air circulation and ventilation is particularly evident in the kitchen, where fragrant smells can easily become pungent. Strong smells such as fish and bacon are notorious for lingering hours or days after being cooked.
There are a few different ways you can improve ventilation in your kitchen:
- Install a range hood
- Invest in a ceiling fan or a designated ventilation system
- Ensure your kitchen has multiple windows
#8: Not investing in a splashback
A stone splashback is not just something that will make your kitchen look pretty. Installing one above the cooktop area protects your walls from grease, steam and water. While it might save you some money short term to exclude a splashback from the budget, in the long run, dirty walls are difficult to clean. Not to mention if the walls aren’t regularly cleaned, they can become damaged, costing you even more anyway.
#9: Not consulting experts
As a renovator, your job is to come up with the brilliant design ideas that will take your home to the next level. Then, the job of the experts comes in: telling you what is actually feasible.
At Stone Design Group, we are experts in sourcing and installing stone kitchen countertops and stone splashbacks. Our friendly team will work with your ideas to help you achieve your dream kitchen. Simply give us a call today on 03 9498 3444 to find out more.