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Why Not Messing Up Is The Best Kitchen Remodeling Plan

Kitchen remodeling is among the most exciting home renovation projects. Amid all that excitement, though, people often make mistakes that can limit their goals. While it's not as exciting to discuss ways to not mess up a remodel, avoiding mistakes is often the best possible plan. Here is why that's frequently the case.

Blowing Up the Budget

Everything will work better if you have a little bit of financial headroom. Building a budget with some space is critical for dealing with unexpected discoveries. If it turns out the pipes are leaky and there's mold under the counters, for example, you want to have some extra budget to deal with those problems calmly and quickly.

A budget with some headroom also allows you to seize opportunities. Suppose the countertop supplier is able to provide natural stone instead of quartzite at close to your target price. Even having a few hundred spare dollars may be the difference between jumping on the offer and declining it.

No Stylistic Consistency

It is easy to look at the different elements of a kitchen remodeling job and like them individually only to find they don't play well together visually. You don't want to discover that after you've paid for cabinets, appliances, windows, counters, lights, and sinks.

The key to avoiding that outcome is to start with a strong sense of stylistic consistency. There should be a broad visual theme for the kitchen remodeling effort. If you want a rustic kitchen featuring lots of wood, that's going to be a different plan than a modernist one with possibly zero wood.

Also, knowing what your style goals are for the cooking space will help you understand when to violate them. If you installed lots of wood throughout the kitchen, for example, you might break it up at select spots with stainless steel appliances and fixtures. With a style in mind, you'll know why certain breaks with it are the right way to go.

Overlooking Basic Needs

Foremost, a kitchen should work. Remodels should address basic needs before even considering design elements and layouts. If the current island takes up too much space, you should focus on either removing it or narrowing its profile.

Tackling practical concerns can also guide your stylistic choices. If the kitchen has poor lighting, for example, that may inspire you to add bigger windows to bring in more natural light. Also, you might need to install additional artificial lights, and those can become visual features rather than just practical solutions.

For help planning your project, contact a local kitchen remodeling contractor.