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8 DIY Kitchen Design Mistakes That Will Cost You

When you’re tackling a remodeling project, DIY kitchen design mistakes can really cost you.

There are a lot of variables involved in remodeling this space, and errors in design can lead to a huge disappointment.

If you’re looking to build the kitchen of your dreams, you’ll need to work with a professional kitchen remodeling contractor to avoid making these mistakes.

  1. Passing on features. It may seem like investing in drawer dividers or a pullout pantry isn’t worth the extra costs, but these design features will make working in your new kitchen much more efficient. Effective storage is the foundation of a great kitchen. Deciding later on that you want to add storage features will cost you much more. Working with a kitchen designer with experience in layout, storage and efficiency will help you maximize your remodeling dollars.
  2. Maximizing workflow. Many homeowners are inexperienced in kitchen remodeling. When you’re facing a project, it makes sense that the learning curve will be steep. A professional kitchen designer and remodeler can help you maximize ROI, ensuring that the “work triangle” between the fridge, sink and stove is ideal. Put these components in the wrong place, and you’ll become frustrated in your kitchen space.
  3. Organizing the project. Without remodeling experience, you’ll be hard pressed to know what work to do first in order to maximize production and avoid errors. For example, plumbing and electrical work should be done first, well before kitchen cabinet installation and backsplash work. A professional will know how to coordinate all of the projects so that you don’t have to backtrack — and increase the project’s cost.
  4. Getting the most out of your budget. One of the first steps in a kitchen design project involves the budget. Working with a kitchen pro will help you pinpoint the most important features — maybe it’s high-dollar appliances or reworking the kitchen’s layout — so you can maximize your remodeling dollars.
  5. Matching design to lifestyle. The foundation of your kitchen’s design should depend on how you and your family use the space. Are you all diehard cooks? Do you spend time socializing and entertaining? These lifestyle factors should inform your kitchen’s design.
  6. Bringing it all together. There are a lot of factors that will inform your kitchen’s design. Spacing between cupboards and the island, the layout, color, flooring, cabinets — these are just a few of them. With professional insights, you’ll be able to confidently choose a cabinet style, wall color and cabinet hardware to bring the kitchen of your dreams to life.
  7. Showing your style. One of the most fun features of the kitchen is the backsplash. Knowing how to cut loose with these feature will help bring your style front-and-center, and make a real splash in the kitchen. This focal point lets you play with color and texture, and with the help of a pro, you can do all of that.
  8. Remembering functionality. Above all else, a pro will help you work through common function issues in the kitchen. For example, positioning the dishwasher across from a cabinet that’s too close to allow both to be opened at the same time will be a big disappointment. Functionality comes into play with fridge, dishwasher and stove doors, as well as other features like the pantry or island.

Don’t fall into the common trap that comes with DIY kitchen design.

Sure, seek inspiration from DIY kitchen shows.

But don’t be fooled. Kitchen design is a complex process and requires professional insight.

Work with a seasoned pro to ensure your kitchen dollars are maximized and your dreams become a reality.