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Bad Idea: 5 Things to Never Do When Remodeling Your Kitchen

As one of Orlando’s premier kitchen and bathroom remodeling firms, we spend most of our time sharing great ideas and what you should do when remodeling your kitchen. However, sometimes it’s good for prospective clients to learn more about what not to do as they approach what should be a once-in-a-lifetime renovation.

5 Things That Undermine a Successful Kitchen Remodel

Here are five things you should never do; that can undermine – or destroy – what would have been a successful and high-quality remodel.

1. Not Taking a Timeless Design Approach

We mentioned that a full kitchen remodel should be a once-in-a-lifetime event. They’re a tremendous amount of work and expense – and not something you want to do every five to ten years. Designing for the now – rather than keeping the future in mind – is one of the biggest mistakes homeowners make.

A kitchen remodel should strike a balance between function and form that honors how you use the kitchen today and how it might evolve over the next decade or so. Without insights from professional designers/builders, you run the risk of completing a remodel that is overfocused on current needs, trends, and their ultimate wish list.

When clients try to have it all, they often wind up:

  • Missing out on a customized layout and storage spaces.
  • With wasted valuable space.
  • With overcrowded cabinets on the island.
  • Saving a little money at the outset on inferior products that will cost more in the long run.
  • Overwhelmed with a small kitchen space rather than having learned how to optimize it.

Beyond that, long-term vision and a timeless design approach keep these tenets in mind.

  • Fixtures and finishes that never go completely out of style.
  • Neutral colors on long-term fixtures, trendy colors in areas where they can be easily covered over or exchanged (wall paint, area rugs, wall-hung decor, etc).
  • A kitchen that’s easily accessible to anyone, especially if you plan to age in place or have aging parents/friends as regular guests.
  • Kitchen storage, appliances, and stations that work now and also accommodate a growing – or aging – family.

Timeless should always trump trendy in any remodel or major renovation.

2. Giving the Job to a Handy Friend or Family Member

We appreciate you may have a very handy friend or family member or one with ties to the construction industry. However, unless they are an experienced, licensed kitchen remodeling contractor and treat your remodel as if you’re any other valued customer, resist the urge to use friends and family discounts.

There’s a reason they say never to mix business with pleasure, and a botched or unfinished remodel is a prime example of why not. If anything goes south during the process, and you aren’t backed with professional estimates, agreements, contracts, and proof of the contractor’s license, bonding, and insurance – you’re out of luck if legal/financial recourse is required.

3. Deciding To Become a YouTube Kitchen Remodeling (Amateur) Pro

We love YouTube and similar sources that teach everyday people to perform daily home maintenance and general DIY housing projects. However, there is nothing basic or simple about kitchen remodeling.

Designing and building a full kitchen remodel is never a DIY project. It demands several experienced and nuanced skill sets:

  • Looking at the space with the fresh eyes of a designer/builder to determine whether a different layout would enhance the functional and aesthetic space.
  • Recognizing if existing plumbing, electrical, insulation, etc. is up to code.
  • Eliminating any mold/mildew or moisture control issues from historic leaks.
  • Addressing any surprises with compromised structural anatomy or support.
  • Skilled electrical, plumbing, and carpentry experience.
  • Knowing how to take precise measurements that ensure the correct fit and installation of materials.

We could go on and on, but the difference between a professionally finished kitchen remodel and a DIY version is evident the minute anyone walks into a kitchen space. Why put in all of the expense, time, and effort for second-class results?

4. Creating an Unrealistic Budget

There is far more to creating a kitchen remodeling budget than adding up the costs of your fixtures and finishes wish list. One of many DIY homeowners’ biggest mistakes is creating a budget that doesn’t accommodate their true needs and wants. Or, their budget doesn’t allow for a 10% to 15% contingency or emergency fund to account for things like unexpected issues found during demolition, to bring their existing structure to code, or to pay for back-orders, rush-orders, change-orders, or unprecedented market fluctuations.

According to Remodeling Magazine’s 2023 Cost vs. Value figures, the average price of a minor, mid-range kitchen remodel was just over $27,000, while the average cost of a major mid-range kitchen remodel was almost $78,000. In most cases, a client’s guestimate budget doesn’t account for that.

5. Not Hiring Professionals

The biggest mistake is to not hire professionals to do the job.

It takes a professional design and build team to complete a kitchen remodel that takes a timeless approach, re-envisions a kitchen to optimize its use for your family, and stands the test of time – while providing a solid foundation for trend and taste evolution. And, of course, to help you design a remodel that respects your budget.

Scheduling a consultation and working with Details Construction Group is the best way to have a mistake-free kitchen remodeling experience from start to finish. And you don’t have to take our word for it—our online reviews and customer testimonials say it all. Contact us, and let’s get started on your dream kitchen.