Plan ahead to prevent costly kitchen remodeling mistakes
By Joseph Di Maio
Kitchen remodeling is at once the most popular and most disappointment-prone home renovation project in the country – a statistic that speaks to the room’s significance while simultaneously setting off almost instant spending anxiety in consumer hearts and minds. According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association, even an average kitchen remodel costs around $15,000; and in all too many instances, a fair portion of that price tag goes towards features that homeowners ultimately regret selecting in the first place.
In a recent report from ABC News, various homeowners listed their worst remodeling mistakes in an attempt to pinpoint what went wrong — and how to avoid such errors in the future. Complaints ranged from inadequate planning to premature initiation to dimension awareness; and all of them highlighted errors that can run up significant bills, only to disappoint once the project is complete.
Centralization, practicality and planning: three rules for crafting the kitchen of your dreams
Planning may seem like an obvious step in the remodeling process; but many consumers may be surprised to learn just how many details are involved in the early stages of a kitchen design project. Before diving in and putting contractors to work in your kitchen, consider these basic rules for an affordable, effective and enduring design:
- Never skimp on storage space: it’s a common and hard-to-solve problem in the world of kitchen remodeling, and one that can be avoided with a little pre-emptive planning. Asses your storage needs carefully, and allot space to accommodate those needs as you move forward with cabinet, counter-top and appliance selections.
- Choose practical countertop components: lovely though they are, many popular and aesthetically pleasing countertops stain very easily. Avoid a lifetime of soiled countertops by passing on fashionable, oil-rubbed butcher block, and opt instead for a surface that will look pristine for years to come.
- Measure before installing islands and counters: Consumer Reports warns that many remodeling amateurs make islands too big, and recommend countertops that measure between three and ten feet wide, with a depth that ranges between 26-48 inches.
- Plan before you order: because change orders can add nearly $1,500 to the total remodeling bill, make sure you perform the necessary measurements and organization assessments before beginning work.
By using this checklist, consumers can avoid costly mistakes and long-term disappointments, and ensure that a hard-earned design project meets their highest expectations – even within tight budget constraints. At San Diego’s own Ace Home Improvement and Design Center, we thrive on helping customers meet their remodeling goals; and not only that, we provide full-service design and merchandise services to keep projects centralized and adjustments as simple as possible. Find out more: www.acehidc.com.
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