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What Not To Do When (Re) Designing a Kitchen

Designing a kitchen can be an exciting but overwhelming experience. It’s important to have a plan in place to ensure that the end result is both functional and aesthetically pleasing. However, there are some common mistakes that people make when designing their kitchens that can lead to costly and frustrating results. In this blog, we will discuss what not to do when designing a kitchen and provide steps to design and avoid costly design mistakes.

Mistake #1: Not Considering Workflow

One of the most important things to consider when designing a kitchen is workflow. Workflow refers to how people move through the space when cooking and preparing meals. If your kitchen is not designed with workflow in mind, it can lead to frustration and inefficiency.

To avoid this mistake, consider the following steps:

  1. Start by identifying the three main areas of your kitchen: the refrigerator, the sink, and the stove.
  2. Draw a triangle connecting these three areas. This is known as the “work triangle” and is a common design principle in kitchen design.
  3. Make sure that the work triangle is not obstructed by any obstacles such as an island or a cabinet.
  4. Consider the placement of other important items such as the dishwasher, trash can, and pantry to ensure that they are easily accessible from the work triangle.

Mistake #2: Not Enough Counter Space

Another common mistake that people make when designing their kitchens is not having enough counter space. Counter space is essential for food preparation, cooking, and entertaining. Without enough counter space, your kitchen can feel cramped and cluttered.

To avoid this mistake, consider the following steps:

  1. Determine how much counter space you need by considering how you use your kitchen.
  2. Plan for at least 36 inches of counter space between the sink and the stove and at least 15 inches of counter space on either side of the refrigerator.
  3. Consider adding an island or a peninsula to increase counter space.
  4. Use vertical space by adding shelves or cabinets above the counter.

Mistake #3: Poor Lighting

Lighting is an essential element of any kitchen design. Poor lighting can make it difficult to prepare meals and can also create a dark and uninviting atmosphere.

To avoid this mistake, consider the following steps:

  1. Plan for multiple sources of light such as overhead lighting, under-cabinet lighting, and pendant lighting.
  2. Use dimmer switches to control the amount of light in the space.
  3. Consider the color temperature of the light bulbs to create a warm and inviting atmosphere.
  4. Make sure that there is enough lighting in the work triangle.

Mistake #4: Ignoring Storage

Storage is another essential element of kitchen design. Without enough storage, your kitchen can quickly become cluttered and disorganized.

To avoid this mistake, consider the following steps:

  1. Plan for enough cabinet space to store all of your kitchen essentials.
  2. Consider adding pull-out drawers and shelves to make it easier to access items in the back of the cabinet.
  3. Use vertical space by adding shelves or cabinets above the counter.
  4. Consider adding a pantry to store non-perishable items.

Mistake #5: Choosing the Wrong Materials

Choosing the wrong materials for your kitchen can lead to costly and frustrating results. For example, using porous materials such as marble or limestone can lead to staining and etching.

To avoid this mistake, consider the following steps:

  1. Choose materials that are durable and easy to clean such as granite or quartz.
  2. Consider the maintenance requirements of each material before making a decision.
  3. Choose materials that complement the overall style of your kitchen.

Designing a kitchen can be a fun and exciting experience, but it’s important to avoid common mistakes that can lead to frustration and costly results. By considering workflow, counter space, lighting, storage, and material selection, you can create a functional and aesthetically pleasing kitchen that will meet your needs for years to come.

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