Kitchen Makeover Warnings

When it comes to kitchen renovations, practically everyone who has tackled a remodel has lived to tell the tale of what not to do. So how can you approach a redesign without suffering the same misdeeds as your brave renovating forefathers and mothers? Here are five kitchen renovation tips.

1 Don’t let the details distract.

You’ve fallen in love with a chandelier. Or a cooktop. Or a grout color. Experts advise that instead of designing a new kitchen around tiny nuances, look instead at your life stage. Are you a young family? Empty nest? Single? Allow these stages to dictate whether you need a larger space for entertaining, more room for multiple chefs, places for kids to do homework or more. Think big picture for the best results.

2 Don’t DIY ’til you die.

Sure, you can attempt to rewire electricity or plumb water lines. But should you? Experts advise that you choose your DIY battles, picking simple tasks like painting and sanding while letting licensed experts handle the rest.

3 Don’t go in blind.

Browse magazines. Comparison shop ’til you drop. Get multiple estimates. Having broad knowledge will help you feel well prepared to tackle this major milestone.

4 Don’t think instant gratification.

The average kitchen renovation should last 12 to 15 years, so instead of paying close attention to trends, consider how your redesign will feel long-term.

5 Don’t assume bigger is better.

A $5,000 stove and a $500 stove will both boil water. So browse user reviews and consider your needs before buying that industrial stove or high-end countertop, putting your dollars where they’ll make you happiest.

Quick Tip

Examples are just a pin away

You’ve probably used Pinterest online as a source of ideas for hair styles, or as a guilt-inducing guide to holiday crafts and photo tips for your family, but how about tapping its broad resources to help draft your kitchen redesign plan?

Make folders for the following categories, sliding photos and blog posts into each for easy organization and idea gathering:

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  • Cabinetry
  • Countertops
  • Appliances
  • Light fixtures
  • Flooring
  • Windows and walls
  • Decorative hardware
  • Kitchen sinks and faucets
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