Ok so you are planning a kitchen renovation and as you get further into the project you may be wondering, what should I avoid? That is a really good question, because there are a number of mistakes people have made in the past. These Mistakes can set you back time and money so let’s have a look at the list.
The Major Things To Avoid
Remodelling your kitchen should not be trial and error. Proper planning and execution will always produce amazing results.
- Changing the plan. Once your plan has been established and you have the drawings in place and the materials chosen, you should avoid major changes at all costs. Usually, these changes result in delays and increases in the budget. There are minor adjustments that can be made, but you should have everything planned out before you begin and then stick to the plan.
- Comparison to other people. Even though other people’s kitchens are a great place to get ideas and inspiration from you want to stay clear of trying to get what other people have. Your space may not be suited for something someone else has. It is important that you remain realistic about what you can and can’t do within your space.
- Ignoring details. Make sure that you pay attention to all of the details. How things will look, the colours, the textures and of course the cost. You want to make sure you are maximizing your budget in the right areas and not spending too much on things that don’t matter.
- Process during the renovation. Many people forget that during the actual renovation your kitchen will not be usable. This means that you will need to find alternative cooking and family eating facilities. Many people choose to use their basement or renovate during the warmer months so that they can be outside more often. The BBQ can be a great alternative.
- You can also consider travelling during this time. It would make sense to plan a trip during the renovation so that your living doesn’t interfere with the renovation. You will need to be accessible by phone or email for your contractor but travelling could be a really great option during this time.
The Usual Suspects (Mistakes)
Ok, so we have a list of things that we see often when people are remodelling their kitchen.
- Spending Too Much. The maximum amount that you would want to spend on your kitchen renovation is around 25% of the value of your home. Typically in Canada, we see $10000-20000 as a great ranch for entry-level complete kitchen renovations. Obviously you can spend more or less depending on your finishes and how big of a renovation you may want to do. Just don’t overdo it…you will not get the investment back if you spend too much.
- Congruence with the rest of your house. You want to make sure that your kitchen renovation fits in with the rest of the house.
- Island yes or Island no. Most everybody wants an island, but you need to make sure that you can have one in your space and that it makes sense. If you try to get an island that is too big it may take up all of your kitchens space. You also need to think about functionality. What do you want the island for?
- Underestimating time and cost. Usually, this is a big one. Most renovations take longer and cost more than we think. Usually, there is something that happens along the way that causes a delay or requires an additional budget to get done. Make sure you have a contingency plan in place. It is recommended that you have 10% of the budget and 1-2 weeks of time set aside in case of emergency or unexpected items.
- Ventilation. Make sure that you are aware of all of the ventilation codes and requirements.
- Garbage and Recycling. Sometimes we forget about where the garbage can is going to go. And now in most cities you also have recycling. It is important that you include these things in the plan so that you have a space for them when the project is over.
- Lighting and Storage. Make sure you have adequate lighting in your kitchen plan. You will need all kinds of light for cooking and family time. You also need to think through your storage solutions for things like cleaning supplies, fire extinguishers, brooms, mops, towels and pet supplies.
Obviously we recommend going with a well trained and experienced contractor for your kitchen renovation. Bedrock Construction has everything you need for your project. If you would like to contact us and get a quote please don’t hesitate and click here for our form.
The above list is just a few things to consider as you enter the planning and dreaming phase of your new kitchen.