Kitchen remodeling is an exciting opportunity to completely change a focal point of everyday life in your home. It’s time to reimagine your kitchen as a more modern, practical, and functional place where it’s enjoyable to spend time. There are many great ways to completely transform your kitchen with premium countertop materials, energy-efficient appliances, cool new lighting fixtures, and much more.
But if you are planning to strip out the old and bring in the new, there are some things you should avoid doing. Some wrong decisions could detract from your kitchen’s qualities rather than enhance them, and lead to putting down big bucks for little reward. To help avoid these mistakes and know what to do and what not to do for your next kitchen renovation, we asked two experts to weigh in on kitchen remodeling dos and don’ts so we could fill you in. Knowing what to do and what not to do during your next kitchen renovation will ensure that your kitchen remodeling project ends in success.
The first expert we talked to was Harry H. Knowles, who is part of Fantastic Services, a London-based company and “the one-stop-shop for all home improvement services” founded in 2009. Knowles offered us eight kitchen remodeling dos and don’ts: “The kitchen is one of the most used rooms in the home, and it's no surprise that when it comes time to remodel or update, many people find themselves in a bit of a quandary. It’s tempting to add a whole new set of cabinets when your kitchen gets overcrowded. But you might make some common kitchen remodeling mistakes if you do.”
We also got some insights from David Shell, the founder, and CEO of TradesmenCosts, a UK-based remodeling publication. Without further ado, here are some of the main takeaways we got from these two remodeling pros. We’ll start off with the dos.
Kitchen Remodel Dos
1. Add a Kitchen Island If You Don’t Have One
Knowles recommends investing in a kitchen island: “Kitchen islands are not a new trend, but they are getting a lot of attention right now. Many people find that they have plenty of room for additional functions in their kitchen, and the kitchen island is an ideal place to do it. They give you extra workspace and usually double as a place to store items that are just too cumbersome to fit in a pantry or cupboard. And if you don’t have the resources to make such investments consider looking into DIY kitchen islands.”
Shell also sees kitchen islands as an important addition to your remodeled kitchen: “Your kitchen is the heart of your home and your island is where you can work and eat. Make sure that it has enough space for you and everyone to sit and prepare meals.”