So you’ve decided it’s time to update your kitchen. An excellent idea! Of all the rooms in your home, the kitchen harbors the single greatest opportunity to increase the resale value of your house. Before you dive in to the demo work, however, it’s important to bear in mind that not all renovations are created equal. Putting a beautiful new island in your 100 square foot might seem like a good idea now, but in practice it’s likely to be more of a headache than a helpful addition. Today, we’ll look at a few of the most common pitfalls of kitchen renovations.
It’s almost always better to have surplus storage rather than not enough. Sure, having a wall of empty cabinets isn’t desirable from a design perspective either, but generally speaking cutting down on storage will just lead to cluttered countertops and compromised cooking space. Fortunately, there are plenty of creative storage options available today that allow you to consolidate your cookware without filling your kitchen with large, imposing cabinetry. As you plan your kitchen renovation, try to preserve storage whenever possible.
Choosing Form Over Function
Your new kitchen might look gorgeous, but at its heart it remains a utility space. Always opt for durable floor materials that can tolerate the occasional dropped pan or spilled liquid. Choose chip and stain resistant materials for your countertops. Keep the workflow layout of your kitchen in mind at all times. When it comes to kitchen design, the most visually striking option isn’t always best.
Adhering to Trends
If black tile with white appliances really appeals to you, then there’s nothing wrong with following your design instincts. If, on the other hand, you just read that black tile with white appliances is the hot new design trend in Beverly Hills, you might want to think twice about embracing the fashion in your own home. This is especially important if increased resale value is the prime motivator for your renovation. When in doubt, stick to tried and true design elements that are likely to stay in style in the future.
Here at Bay Area Kitchens, we’ve spent over 30 years helping homeowners realize their dreams of freshly renovated kitchens. Give us a call today, and let’s work together to design a beautiful, highly functional kitchen for the future.