11 Common Mistakes To Avoid When Planning A Kitchen Remodel

Are you planning to remodel your kitchen but feeling overwhelmed by the thought of it? 

A kitchen remodel can be a significant investment in both time and money, so it’s important to avoid costly mistakes that can add unnecessary stress to the process. 

Fortunately, with a bit of research and planning, you can avoid common pitfalls and create a space that not only looks beautiful but functions seamlessly for years to come. 

At Johnson Lumber, we’ve been helping homeowners with their home improvement projects for over 100 years, so we’ve picked up a few tricks of the trade to help you out!

Today we’re walking you through 11 kitchen remodeling mistakes you don’t want to make, and provide expert tips for avoiding them. 

  1. Wasting Steps in Your Kitchen Remodel

Avoid creating dead space and unnecessary steps in your kitchen by designing a compact space that prioritizes areas for meal prep, dining, and family time. 

As a bonus, consider adding a stylish breakfast nook for extra functionality.

  1. Ignoring The Importance of Aisle Width

Don’t make your kitchen aisles too tight. 

Ensure that all aisles between islands, walls, and appliances are at least 42 to 48 inches wide to accommodate multiple cooks and prevent collisions.

  1. Forgetting That Kitchens Aren’t Two-Dimensional

Think in 3-D when planning your kitchen remodel. 

Consider the size and direction of doors, appliances, and cabinets to ensure functionality and avoid a cramped space.

  1. Overloading and Oversizing in Your Kitchen

Avoid oversizing your kitchen island. Anything longer than 10 feet or more than 4 feet deep can impede movement and accessibility. 

Additionally, do not overstuff your island with unnecessary items, and ensure that no island storage extends beyond the countertop.

  1. Not Making the Most of Limited Space in Your Kitchen

Keep your space constraints in mind throughout the remodeland come up with creative solutions to make the most of every inch of space, such as using vertical storage, incorporating multipurpose furniture, and choosing compact appliances. 

By being mindful of the layout, design, and storage options, homeowners can create a kitchen that feels spacious, organized, and comfortable to cook and entertain in

  1. Letting Delays and Costly Changes Ruin Your Kitchen Remodel

Plan ahead to avoid midstream changes and delays that can increase costs. 

Think through every design choice and ensure that all materials have arrived before the contractor is ready to install.

  1. Not Tailoring Your Kitchen’s Storage to Fit Your Needs

Tailor storage to fit specific items and areas, utilizing open storage, cabinets, and shelves to create a sleek and streamlined look. 

Choose storage options that align with your overall design goals.

  1. Forgetting To Create an Inviting Space for Friends and Family

Plan for interactive space in your kitchen to accommodate family and friends, such as a corner nook, island with seating, or a banquette. 

Allow for about 60 inches of space between the cook or host and guests.

  1. Rushing The Choice Of Materials for Your Kitchen

Test all design elements, including flooring and countertop materials, in your actual space and under similar lighting conditions before committing to any major decisions. 

Remember this time-tested nugget of wisdom: showroom samples may look different in your home.

  1. Thinking One Light Source Is Enough For Your Kitchen Remodel

Good lighting enhances the aesthetics of your kitchen by highlighting design elements, creating ambiance, and adding depth and dimension to the space. 

Additionally, it improves functionality and safety by providing adequate illumination for tasks such as food preparation and cooking. 

  1. Not Consulting Our Kitchen Design Team

Avoid undergoing a kitchen remodel without a kitchen design team. 

While we have complete faith in your ability to pull off a kitchen remodel, it’s often the case that these projects can grow out of our control. 

A professional team (like the kitchen design team we have at Johnson Lumber) can ensure that your remodel stays within budget, meets your design goals, and results in a functional and beautiful kitchen.

How Our Kitchen Design Team Will Elevate Your Kitchen Remodel

The kitchen is where we cook, gather, and make memories with loved ones. So why not give it the attention it deserves? If you’re planning a kitchen remodel, consider working with the kitchen design team at Johnson Lumber. 

Our designers are experts at maximizing space, selecting materials, and creating a kitchen that works for you. 

From initial concept to final installation, we’ll be with you every step of the way, ensuring that your vision comes to life. Don’t settle for a kitchen that’s just “good enough.” Let us help you create the kitchen of your dreams. Read more about our team here to get started.

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