Arguably, the kitchen is one of the most important spaces you can have. Not only do people cook there, they eat, relax, host guests, do homework, plan family vacations, etc. all in that one room. Really, the kitchen is a jack-of-all-trades. But if there’s that much to do in one room it should be a beautifully comfortable, planned-out space. So, if you’re hoping to do a kitchen remodel in Washington, make sure you avoid these six common mistakes.
1. The triangle is all wrong
This triangle goes by many names: “The Holy Trinity of the Kitchen,” “The Holy Triangle,” “The Kitchen Triangle,” “The Work Triangle” and a few others. Really, the premise is easy to understand. The sink, oven and fridge are the most used things in the room. These heavy-use points should be within an easy walking distance of each other, not too close and not too far. To keep this distance reasonable, the sum of all sides should not be less than 10 feet and no more than 25 feet long. If it’s any smaller than that, anything more than one person makes the kitchen feel crowded; bigger than that and you’re running a marathon just to bake some bread.
2. Messed up the storage
The first thing many people think of when considering storage is cupboards. However, that’s not the only option you have. So, don’t get stuck in the cupboard/drawer rut; think outside the box.
One thing you can do is get wall hooks for the pots and pans, a magnetic board for knives, an overhead pot rack, open shelves elsewhere in the kitchen, small alcoves for small appliances, etc.
Not only could this help you get some extra space, but it could help with the aesthetic of the whole room.
3. Everything is too close
Kitchen islands are fantastic. They bring in beautiful counter space and extra preparation room. Some can even accommodate bar stools and provide a little more seating space. If you’re insistent on having one, just make sure there’s room for things like opening the oven or dishwasher door, room for walking, etc. The trick is knowing how big the island should be. Many experts say they should be at least 4 feet long and 2 feet wide, with plenty of space to walk around; they also say that if your kitchen doesn’t have at least 8 feet in width and 12 feet in length, don’t bother getting one. At that point, there just isn’t enough space.
4. There isn’t enough light
Not only is light important for illumination and general atmosphere, but you need it for safety. Imagine getting that new knife you’ve wanted and you’re all ready to cut some potatoes, but you can’t see!
It’s recommended that you get general illumination lights, but also task/work area lights. These really help you see what you’re doing up close.
5. The stove’s wrong
Ovens are usually found sitting against one of the exterior walls of the room for a reason. This allows for proper ventilation, whereas if it sits against an interior wall, ventilation is a nightmare.
Along with the placement, getting the right type of ventilation is also important. Have you ever been in someone’s kitchen and it still smelled like yesterday’s dinner? Don’t let that be your new kitchen. Bad quality range hoods do nothing but recirculate gross, stale air; however, the nicer (often more expensive) hoods can actually improve the air quality of the room. They also clear the smoke out, so you don’t have to feel as bad about when you burn that batch of cookies. (We’ve all been there!)
6. Didn’t talk to a professional
Don’t plan everything yourself. Your ideas may be expensive and hard to implement, whereas a professional that focuses on redesigning kitchens can help make your ideas a reality in the most cost-effective way. Not only do they have experience, they know what’s trendy and what tech is out there.
This really is just a small list of common mistakes you should, and can, avoid. You deserve to have a nice kitchen, everything you dreamed of and more, so don’t skimp out on quality because it’s a little cheaper. And if you’re looking for a great remodeling contractor in Washington, check out Interior Remodel Specialists. Our team is poised and ready to share our 17 years of experience in designing beautiful kitchens in the greater Seattle area.