7 common kitchen refit fails
Regardless of whether your confit byaldi is 'en pointe' or you struggle not cremating an Everyday Value four-cheese pizza at three in the morning, chances are that your kitchen is one of your favourite rooms.
There are few who can resist the wholesome charms of a kitchen and for many, it’s the hub around which home life revolves. It’s where family and guests gather and where we sit to carry out all those little chores like paying the bills and doing our online shopping.
So when the time comes to revamp your kitchen, how do you ensure a stress-free renovation? A refit can be an an exciting time but it’s rarely pain-free. There are any number of mistakes that homeowners can make before, during and even after the project. Here are a few of them, along with ideas on how to de-stress the whole situation…
1. Poor timing
When it comes to 'doing up' your kitchen, timing is everything. As you start looking into your kitchen project, ask your builder for an estimate of completion time. After all, you won’t want to cook a big birthday meal in the remains of a kitchen that was torn out the day before! Nor would it be ideal for the builders to be knocking a wall through to create your new open-plan kitchen/diner on the days you’re working from home.
Such problems are easily avoidable simply by looking at your calendar and coming up with a schedule that puts a buffer zone between your building work and your way of life.
2. Picking the wrong layout
Depending on the shape of your room, there may be any number of different layouts available to you, each with their own pros and cons. Ultimately though, it’s better to go for the most functional rather than the most eye-catching. Remembering that the ‘golden triangle’ rule is now considered outdated and unnecessary, so have a play on a free 3D planner tool – try Opun Planner – to see what might work best for you.
3. Sacrificing counter space
Even in the largest of recently refurbished kitchens, counter space will always be at a premium. And that’s before you come home with the latest must-have kitchen gadget, or your kids pile up their coats and homework on your shiny new granite surfaces. There really never seems to be quite enough work space!
All of which means that when you start planning your new kitchen, you should ensure that it will have at least the same – and ideally more – work surfaces as your current one. Never settle for any less!
This is a tricky subject to approach but in some cases, the changes that you want to make to your kitchen could actually devalue your property. While many modern engineered worktop materials look fantastic and are incredibly practical and long lasting, ripping out some old stone or hardwood original fittings might make it less appealing to a prospective buyer. Could those old fittings be spruced up rather than thrown out? Consider that as an option.
5. Wrong materials
When it comes to the materials used for things like the flooring, it’s crucial that you take a practical approach. Stone flag flooring is beautiful, robust and low maintenance. At the same time, it’s not particularly forgiving when anyone takes a tumble, meaning it’s not ideal if you’ve got small children or elderly relatives in the house.
6. Not using the right people for the job
As with any project, it’s vital that you hire the right people for the job. Remember that while some skills such as tidiness, politeness and time keeping are transferable, not all are. The same people who did your loft conversion a couple of years ago might not be as well-equipped to give you the very best kitchen installation.
7. Forgetting about the appliances
In your rush to get your kitchen project off the ground, it’s easy to overlook something important. Drawing up floorpans and finding that perfect colour scheme or the cabinets of your dreams are all very well and good but what about the appliances? If you’re going for a complete overhaul, you need to allocate space and budget for these too.
The most important thing
The most important thing to bear in mind when designing a new kitchen is to remember that it is a room built for you. Don't just put a new feature in because someone else told you to or it looked nice on TV. Make sure whatever changes you make are alterations you feel comfortable with and you'll be cooking up a storm in your dream kitchen in no time at all.
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