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Kitchen Remodeling Tips and Common Mistakes to Avoid
Kitchen Remodeling Mistakes to Avoid
Community happens in the kitchen. It’s the place where family and friends come to be nourished, share memories and enjoy life together. That’s why, year after year, kitchen remodeling tops the list of home improvement projects.
In 2017, the kitchen will remain on top – it’s one of the most desired home projects and a surefire way to add value to your home.
Before you go tearing down cabinets and ripping out countertops though, we want to set you up for success. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of kitchen remodeling tips and common mistakes to avoid – so you can have the dream kitchen you’ve always wanted.
Mistake #1: Hiring the Wrong Contractor
A kitchen remodel is only as good as its contractor, and a contractor is only as good as their track record. Before you partner with one, make sure your contractor is well versed in kitchen renovation projects and has the skill set and experience you deserve.
Browse reviews online. Ask questions. Don’t settle for someone just because the price is right.
If you’re doing a kitchen window replacement, be sure to ask every potential contractor these seven critical questions. Whatever you do, don’t try to be your own general contractor. This is one job you want the pros to do for you.
Mistake #2: Not Thinking Through the Floor Plan
To get the most value out of your kitchen remodel, make sure you have a smart floor plan. You want the kitchen to be as functional as it is beautiful. An experienced designer can create scale drawings that can show you how to maximize storage and make your kitchen wish list come to life. Before you meet with the designer, be sure to have an idea folder full of rooms, materials and details that inspire you. This will help them create a floor plan that best meets all of your needs.
Mistake #3: Shopping Blindly for Kitchen Features
You wouldn’t buy a car without doing research and taking it for a test drive – the same methods apply to selecting important kitchen features like windows and appliances. Here are a few things to consider when outfitting your kitchen:
- Energy Efficiency: Look for windows and appliances that have earned ENERGY STAR® ratings. (Read more about why having an energy-efficient home matters.)
- Material: It’s important to consider the finish of your windows, appliances, cabinetry, walls and floors. Do you want a warm, natural look? Or is modern more your style?
- Performance: Easy-open appliances, accessible refrigerator controls, dishwashing effectiveness, strong and durable windows…it’s the details that make a kitchen really function.
Mistake #4: Ignoring What You Can’t See
Most homeowners are concerned with aesthetics, but looks aren’t the only thing to consider when doing a kitchen makeover. Shiny, bold countertops won’t mean much if they end up cracking because of an unleveled base. And beautiful cabinets won’t hold up if the finish and hardware aren’t durable. If you’re worried about budget, there are plenty of ways to cut costs without cutting quality.
Mistake #5: Forgetting the Budget
A solid budget forms the foundation of your remodel. Decide what features of your new kitchen are a priority for you, then work with your contractor to allocate the budget accordingly. Keep in mind that cabinetry and hardware typically account for one-third of the overall budget.
Are you considering a remodel? Casement windows are a bestseller for kitchens. Visit your local Pella Showroom to learn more.
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