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If you’re planning to finally take out your measuring tape and get to renovating your old worn down kitchen, then there are certain things that we believe you should keep in mind.
Renovation is not an easy task, and there are an infinite amount of factors that can go wrong when you are stripping away at the wallpapers.
However, the points we have brought you today are sure to help you keep a level head and avoid making some of the mistakes that most DIYers are prone to.
So, here are our top 10 things that you should avoid or keep in mind during a kitchen renovation.
Things to Avoid When Doing a Kitchen Renovation
- Things to Avoid When Doing a Kitchen Renovation
- Be careful when picking materials
- Cabinets are as important as the rest
- Cheap appliances are a no go
- Every job has a rhythm
- Professional and expert tips are always welcome
- Extra materials can be used for the rest of the house
- Always be weary of your overlaying expenses
- Appliances should not be the final purchase
- A DIY Renovation should always be a fun experience
- The DIY project should not run your life
Be careful when picking materials
We cannot stress this point enough, really. When out picking your materials for your kitchen renovation project, looks and aesthetics should not be the only factors you take into consideration during purchase.
Sure! A designer kitchen that screams ‘style’ and ‘elegance’ can indeed be the hot topic of conversation among all your social circles. However, if the material is fragile, it will start to fall apart in just a few days time, and your entire investment will go down the drain.
A lot of the amateur DIY enthusiasts go for limestone as their material of choice as they look quite attractive. But, what they don’t realize is that limestone is prone to water rings, and will dampen much of the aesthetics over time.
Marble, on the other hand, is prone to etching and staining, while countertops made out of recycled glass can chip very easily.
Quartz can be an effective all-around option, as it houses almost all the perks but none of the cons.
Cabinets are as important as the rest
You will find ‘Minimalism’ to be the predominant fashion trend in no matter which household you peep into.
Modern homes today, want to do away with much of the extras and highlight just a certain amount of things to create a living space with a very sophisticated appeal.
And this is precisely where the argument about cabinets come in. A lot of kitchen DIYers want to skimp out on the number of cabinets as they are going for a completely different aesthetic than what a cabinet can provide.
This might sound appealing to a lot of you, but believe us when we say that it’s not all that practical in the long run. All of your plates and utensils need a place to go, and kitchen cabinets are the only form of storage that does that particular job right.
Cheap appliances are a no go
Any form of home space renovation, especially kitchen renovations, can get pricey. Whether you are hiring professional agencies for the job, or just rolling up your sleeves and driving the faucets in yourself, your savings will still take quite a hit.
Hence, in lieu of the ever-growing expenses, try not to cheap out on the appliances no matter how appealing it might sound.
However, do keep in mind that we are not asking you to break your budget by a huge extent and go for high-end appliances with next gen. motion sensor features. Just make practical investments into things that are durable, cost-effective, incredibly practical, and best of all, energy efficient.
Every job has a rhythm
By rhythm here, we mean a productive and efficient workspace where the flow of the job will not be hampered by external distractions.
You will be surprised to know exactly how many DIYers and even at time professions take faulty measurements and finally end up with wrong fittings, just because they were disturbed mid-work.
Impractical positioning of appliances such as stoves and refrigerators can also significantly slow down the pace of the job and form hindrances to working around the major issues.
So, make sure that the busiest areas of the kitchen are positioned in such a way that they promote a smooth workflow for both the cook and for you.
You really wouldn’t want someone to trip on one of your tools with a big hot bowl of gravy in hand now, would you?
Professional and expert tips are always welcome
More often than not, the pride of a DIY renovator doesn’t allow much space for outside opinions, expert tips, or even some life-hack suggestions. Now, something like that in our books is wrong no matter which angle you look at it.
This is one of the major reasons why mistakes are made, and you will often have to replace parts or redo certain aspects of the work that you have already done, just because you ignored someone else’s objective standpoint.
Professional advice or even tips from people who have done this kind of work before should always be taken into consideration. Make sure you are working with first class tools, avoid using cheap ones specially if you need to work with electricity
Not only can it help you save time and additional expenses but also help you to avoid purchasing inefficient products and materials that will neither suit your needs nor the designs you had in mind.
Extra materials can be used for the rest of the house
When renovating your kitchen, there are bound to be some extra materials left behind from the job which can be utilized for the rest of the house. From, paint to varnish to wooden planks, a lot of things can be used to repair and replace the more worn down areas of your home.
Moreover, it’s also important to take good care and protect the rest of your house during the renovation period as well. As your kitchen will be completely off-limits during the entirety of the process, you will be required to set up a temporary gallows in other parts of your home.
Hence, it’s important to protect the rest of your house from dust, debris, and splatters and prevent it from getting damaged.
Always be weary of your overlaying expenses
Even though we did tell you not to compromise on the quality of your new appliances, it’s still important not to overspend and go for a renovation which is well within your means.
If all our experience is something to go by, then there is one thing which we absolutely believe when it comes to renovation work, ‘the cost can skyrocket in the blink of an eye.’ From replacing leaky faucets to repairing the damp in the wall, to changing out the entire plumbing system, new problems can surface at any moment.
And with new problems, comes added expenses. So, you will have to be practical under such circumstances and do away with the unnecessary aspects while focusing more on the immediate necessities.
Appliances should not be the final purchase
Choosing your appliances as the final purchase may be all well and fine during renovating other areas of your home, but when it comes to the kitchen, it’s one of the biggest sins you can commit.
Cabinets and countertops can later be customized to fit your surroundings, but that is not going to be the case for your appliances.
You cannot just cut your LED lights in half during installation and just call it a day. So, it’s essential that you buy your appliances first and then pre-plan the rest of the construction of the kitchen around them.
From considering the space requirements of your oven to the needs of your refrigerator and stove, a lot needs to be kept in mind.
A DIY Renovation should always be a fun experience
If you aren’t having fun when screwing in the cabinets and sinks, and then finally feeling a sense of satisfaction when all of it is over, then you’re probably doing it wrong.
A DIY renovation experience should always be a fun one. It’s ok to make mistakes, but always try to make those mistakes slide and make it more of a learning tool than being overly frustrated and pre-occupied by it.
Practicality and creativity are some of the things that you should focus on. Try to be as creative as possible with your designs and the limited products at hand, but don’t go too far as to compromise the practicality and the utility of your kitchen space.
The DIY project should not run your life
Our everyday relationships and the ties that we have with people are important. And according to ‘Business Insider,’ almost 12 percent of the couples in the States consider getting a divorce because one of the partners is getting too obsessed with renovating the home.
Getting your home and your kitchen look new and modern is well and fine, but never do it at the cost of your relations. You can also try and make this a rather fun family activity and not be the only person working with the nails and mallet.
If you have a child, you can turn this into a very educational experience for him/her, and turn it into a role-playing game by making your child go on small errands and fetch quests.
Renovating your kitchen can be extremely tricky no matter how experienced a DIYer you may be. But we hope that our guide today was able to help you out with it a bit.
Till next time!