Watching home remodeling shows like Fixer Upper and Kitchen Crashers can make anyone feel like they have the skills necessary to tackle a remodel project. However, most homeowners find themselves overwhelmed with the process, often resulting in unsatisfactory results. Kitchen remodels require the experience and skill set that the average homeowner does not have. Failure to hire a qualified kitchen remodeling contractor could lead to a host of problems, from safety issues to faulty plumbing and electrical. Before deciding on DIY kitchen remodeling, consider the possible pitfalls.
Poor Layout or Design
Look at any well-designed kitchen and you will see a trend. Many contractors still rely on the kitchen work triangle to create an efficient kitchen. The idea behind this concept is to place the stove, sink, and refrigerator within close proximity to one another, but not too close. For example, you would not want to put your refrigerator behind an island on the far side of your kitchen away from the sink and stove. Each time you needed an ingredient from the fridge, you would have to take many unnecessary steps. An experienced kitchen remodeling contractor can recommend an efficient layout based on the size and design of your kitchen.
Style Over Functionality
It is far too easy to get caught up in creating a ‘trendy’ kitchen. However, you never want to overlook function. While your new kitchen may be beautiful, it will likely lack many necessary functions, such as ample storage space, electrical outlets inside cabinets, and accent lighting that illuminates areas such as countertops and islands. You may also make simple mistakes that can be time-consuming to fix, such as installing the dishwasher too far from the sink. An experienced kitchen remodeling contractor will know how to combine style and function to create a kitchen design that brings you the best of both worlds.
More than just a kitchen pitfall, faulty installation of kitchen appliances, electrical components, and plumbing can be downright dangerous. Licensed kitchen remodeling contractors follow strict safety codes and regulations to ensure that these aspects are properly installed and in good working condition. If you are not an experienced electrician or plumber, you significantly increase the risk of fire, leaks, and associated issues such as harmful mold growth in your home. Always leave more complex jobs like electrical and plumbing to the professionals.
You start your DIY kitchen remodeling project with the highest of expectations. You dig in thinking that it is only going to take one weekend to revamp your kitchen, only to find it has taken you weeks or even months to get things done. Unless you perform these types of tasks every day, know that it is going to take you much longer than it would an expert kitchen remodeling contractor. During the process, you are not only investing your precious time, but must also deal with the consequences of a lengthy remodel such as the inability to prepare and cook meals. In turn, this also leads to wasted money as you are forced to eat your meals out.
Lack of Budget
Before you even pick up a hammer, the first thing you will want to do is create a budget for your kitchen remodel. With various features and a solid design in mind, consider what materials and equipment you will need. It is often better to go under budget than over budget, so keep that in mind when estimating costs. Know that a kitchen remodel can be costly, with kitchen cabinets taking up about one-third of your remodel budget on its own. If you are not sure where to start, seek the help of a kitchen remodeling contractor. A contractor can help you create a fair and effective budget and assist with every step of the remodel process.
Choosing Appliances Last
One of the biggest mistakes an inexperienced DIYer can make is choosing their appliances last. Years ago most appliances came in standard sizes. Today, you can find refrigerators, stoves, dishwashers, and ovens in various sizes and shapes to accommodate all types of style tastes. With these modern appliances comes the need to plan accordingly. The last thing you want to do is purchase a fridge that is too large to fit between your cabinets. With the help of a kitchen remodeling contractor, you can choose appliances that will best fit your kitchen design and unique space requirements.
Skimping on Storage
Storage is a crucial element in any kitchen design and with tons of new storage ideas constantly being created; you should never have to search for space for your kitchen essentials. However, many DIY homeowners rely on traditional cabinets and drawers alone to accommodate their modern lifestyles. This is not always adequate. When you hire a kitchen remodeling contractor to design your kitchen, they can implement new storage solutions to make your kitchen highly efficient. From walk-in pantries to pull-out drawers, you can create storage that meets your specific needs.
No Debris Removal Plan
Debris removal is probably last on your list of concerns when performing a DIY kitchen remodeling project. Soon into your project; however, you will likely find debris piling up. This debris cannot simply be thrown into your regular trash. It is important that you properly dispose of it according to local regulations. Contractors will typically use or rent an oversized dumpster to get rid of construction debris. This can cost several hundred dollars but it is well worth it. Having debris thrown all over your kitchen can make it more difficult to work and could even pose a safety hazard if you trip and fall over materials.
Kitchen remodeling is a major undertaking that requires many small and large details. Unfortunately, many things can go wrong. From poorly placed appliances to faulty installation, a poor DIY remodel can lead to significant delays and wasted money. To ensure that your remodel gets done right, trust your project to a qualified kitchen remodeling contractor. Koncept Design + Build offer professional kitchen remodeling services that are customized to your individual needs and design style.