Kitchen Layout Mistakes

What You Need To Know

Follow Design Basics

Looking to increase your home’s value? One of the most efficient ways to do this is with an updated kitchen. Yet this is hardly a fool-proof venture. A poor design and or a lack of restoration planning can actually end up costing you a lot more than your renovation expenses. With that in mind, here are some common errors to avoid with your kitchen remodel.

The Kitchen Triangle

Every kitchen should be designed around “the Kitchen Triangle”: the sink, stove, and refrigerator. Placing either too much to too little space between these three elements can have a dramatic impact on your kitchen’s functionality. Where your plumbing is located will of course have an impact on where your triangle will originate from. Relocating the plumbing, while costly, may be worth it if it reconfigures your Kitchen Triangle’s layout.

Kitchen Layout Guidelines

Utilize Space

One important point to remember is that you may have limited space to work with. With that in mind, design your cabinetry to take advantage of every available inch of storage space. Make sure, too, that you include enough food-prep space, which might include extending your counter space. Installing a kitchen island can do this, yet be careful; design experts recommend foregoing an island unless your kitchen is larger than 8 x 12 feet.

Style vs. Function

Many do-it-yourselfers place an emphasis on functionality over design. The problem with this school of thought is that the two typically go hand-in-hand. For example, consider the backsplash. Most people believe it to be a design element, when in fact the tile or panel protects the paint on your walls from grease and liquid. Not sure exactly how to integrate style and design? A free kitchen design software program can help create the ultimate layout.

Beware of Trends

Finally, remember that what’s hot today can change tomorrow. Current trends are usually best applied in features that can be easily updated. Your kitchen, on the other hand, should maintain an air of timelessness. Focus on design elements that give your space a sophisticated look yet won’t scare a potential homebuyer away 10 years down the road. If you have questions, don’t be afraid to consult with a professional kitchen designer.