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Avoiding Common Kitchen Remodeling Errors

September 10, 2019

If you’re considering an upcoming kitchen remodel, you have several important areas to think about. From budgeting and space concerns to hiring the proper contractors, there are a number of elements to ensure you don’t make any big mistakes on.

 

At Falk Construction Inc., we’re here to help. We offer a wide range of kitchen remodeling services, including everything from countertops and cabinets to islands, lighting and numerous other potential upgrades. Our team of general contractors has seen every kitchen remodeling mistake out there – here are a few we’ll help you avoid as you move forward with your process.

 

Storage Concerns

 

For starters, many people remodeling their kitchen forget about one important theme when it comes to storage concerns: Trash and recycling areas are storage, too! It’s understandable that this area is glossed over sometimes, as we don’t think of these kinds of materials as being “stored” in the same ways as most others in the kitchen, but the spatial concerns are the same.

 

For this reason, some neglect to set aside space for separate, sealed-off trash and recycling receptacles. This can result in trash bins sitting in open locations, a big negative most people do not want in their kitchen. Ensure you plan for this space well in advance so you don’t run into these issues.

 

Island Size and Placement

 

If you’re looking to install a new kitchen island, the most important question is – once again – regarding space. Firstly, there needs to be enough room in the area for the island size you’re looking for – too large an option will not leave enough other space. In addition, think about the way you place the island and whether it will impede any frequent movements or cooking processes, costly mistakes you won’t want to deal with once construction is already underway.

 

Waiting on Appliances

 

Especially when it comes to major appliances like the fridge, dishwasher, stove and others, planning should begin early here. Do not leave these items for last, an approach that might leave you boxed into certain appliances that aren’t desirable based on all the space you’ve already used up.

 

Crowding and the “Workflow Triangle”

 

Virtually all kitchens conform in some way to what’s known as the “workflow triangle”: The connections between the stove, fridge and sink areas. These are the three most important work stations for nearly all kitchens, and as such you should be leaving proper space and travel routes between all three.

 

While you’re on this quest, ensure you don’t overcrowd the space. While we have a number of beautiful cabinet and cupboard options, be careful not to involve too many individual items that limit both the aesthetic appeal and functionality of the kitchen moving forward.

 

For more on avoiding common kitchen remodeling mistakes, or to learn about any of our general contractor and home remodeling services, speak to the staff at Falk Construction Inc. today.

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