7 Common Kitchen Renovation Mistakes to Avoid

Kitchen renovations for Mississauga residents can be an exciting and frustrating experience. When it comes to kitchen renovation ideas, you no doubt have your head spinning with the prospect of transforming your kitchen into the perfect masterpiece.

Yet in the excitement of planning and preparation, many Mississauga homeowners fall victim common, yet easily avoidable, kitchen renovation mistakes.

This guide is meant to help you avoid these common mistakes, helping you save money, frustration and ensuring the end result exceeds your expectations.

Kitchen Renovation Ideas you Won’t Regret

1. Skip the Budget Materials

We get it, everyone has a budget, and we certainly don’t want you spending more than necessary. However, your kitchen is a part of your home that will be used daily and that you rely on for cooking and prepping meals among other things. It’s also an area of the home where you have the most opportunity to get a good “return” on your investment in terms of improved property value. When planning out the cost of your kitchen renovation as compared to your budget, place a priority on budgeting more for those items that are critical to the function and aesthetics of your kitchen, while cutting back on the “nice to have but not vital” components.

2. When Renovating, Keep “Workflow” as a Primary Focus

Yes, your kitchen should be visually stunning. According to This Old House, it should also be as functional as it is beautiful, and that means paying close attention to the workflow at every stage of the design and renovation project. In addition to selecting the perfect cabinets, appliances and islands, take care to make sure they are positioned and combined in a way that creates an effective and optimized workspace that you will enjoy cooking and hosting in.

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A few Quick Tips to Get you thinking the Right Way:

  • How is the traffic pattern?
  • Can you easily maneuver between the stove, oven and refrigerator?
  • Is the dishwasher located next to the sink?

3. Mismatching: it’s bad for socks and its bad for appliances

When selecting new appliances, try to stick with the same brand, or at a minimum the same style and finish. For example, don’t mix black and stainless steel, or modern and contemporary with classic designs. A consistent look and feel will captivate and bring out the energy of a room and help with visual flow, continuity and style.

4. The Devil is in the Details: New Hardware is important

No matter if you decide to stick with your old cabinetry or splurge on a new design, investing in high quality, unique and stylish hardware goes a long way. Similarly, boring or lacklustre hardware on even the best cabinets stands out like a sore thumb.

5. Have Access to a Professional Designer? Don’t brush them off.

Even if you can’t afford to hire a designer, many stores and showrooms selling cabinets and other kitchen items offer free consultations. Take them up on it. Pick their brains and see what kind of ideas they might have that compliment your own vision. According to renowned interior designer and home living expert Martha Stewart, a professional designer can help you fine-tune your project while offering insightful advice.

6. What About the Rest of Your House?

We get it, this guide is about kitchen renovations. But your kitchen is part of your home, and as such, the entirety of your interior home design should be taken into consideration when planning your kitchen renovation. For example, if your entire home is classic and traditional, a modern contemporary kitchen might stand out (in a bad way).

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7. Don’t Let a Hot Trend Turn Into Years of Regret

Trends are great. They are exciting and often innovative. But they are called “trends” for a reason. They come and go. Make sure you don’t get lost in the excitement of a new trend and instead take inspiration from current trends that can be blended with timeless classics that won’t go out of style in a few years.

One-Stop-Shop for All of Your Kitchen Needs!

At Kitchen Land, we’re well-known for our expertise in kitchen cabinets, installation and kitchen remodelling and renovation. In fact, we won the Consumer’s Choice Award 4-years running. If you’re contemplating a kitchen renovation for your Mississauga area home, give us a call or stop by the showroom today. We would love to learn more about your project and how we can help bring your vision to reality.