6 COMMON KITCHEN REMODELING MYTHS
Remodeling a home can be both an exciting and challenging endeavor. Kitchen remodels, in particular, come with a host of considerations. With complexities that reach far beyond renovating a living room or bedroom, remodeling one’s kitchen can transform an entire home.
In this article, we’ll break down some of the myths associated with remodeling a kitchen and identify the truth of the matter for homeowners.
MYTH #1: LOOKS ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN FUNCTIONALITY
Fact: It’s hard to deny that you want your kitchen to look exquisite after a remodel is completed. Looks are, of course, very important, but they should not trump functionality. What’s the point of a beautiful looking kitchen design if it lacks the counter space you need or enough cabinets for storage? Considering the visual appeal of a kitchen in lie of its functionality will leave homeowners frustrated in the long run, as they will find themselves needing to update certain elements more frequently. Intelligent kitchen planning is therefore essential. Thinking through the work-flow (e.g. selecting sinks with multiple accessories or double-bowls) and remaining realistic about how the kitchen will be used on a daily basis will help your kitchen remodel serve its purpose for years to come.
MYTH #2: REMODELING A KITCHEN IS TOO EXPENSIVE
Fact: Updating one’s kitchen doesn’t have to be an unrealistically expensive endeavor. In order for it to be manageable, a kitchen update comes down to selecting the right products within our designated price point. Those who plan on reselling their homes should consider high-quality but neutral pieces as opposed to trendy items that will go out of style in a few years. For those looking to switch up their style, just a few impact pieces can transform an entire space. Trying out a new finish on a faucet or installing a bold statement piece like a farmhouse sink can make all the difference. For a budget-friendly kitchen renovation, check out ideas from The Mayes Team.
MYTH #3: REMODELING YOUR KITCHEN REQUIRES A TOTAL GUT RENOVATION
Fact: Gut renovations can be a great way to completely transform a kitchen, but there can still be dramatic changes without ripping up the entire kitchen’s infrastructure. It is more than possible to integrate modern elements into an older, more established space with ease and grace. For example, new kitchen flooring could be color coordinated with your existing kitchen cabinets to take any kitchen from night to day. For individual changes that can lead to a whole new vision, check out New Darling’s kitchen design.
MYTH #4: SAVE MONEY BY BUYING CHEAPER MATERIALS OR BRANDS
Fact: There may be some truth to this myth, but it can also be taken too far. While it is not essential to purchase from the most expensive brands or buy the priciest materials, skimping on quality may result in money spent for repairs or replacements down the road. Getting the best deal possible is always advised, but not at the expense of an item’s quality or longevity. When it comes to plumbing products, however, it is often recommended to consider quality well before price. Higher quality faucets and sinks will sometimes reflect a higher price point, but they tend to be worth the investment.
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MYTH #5: HOME REMODEL CONTRACTORS CAN HANDLE ALL ASPECTS OF THE PROJECT
Fact: You will likely need to rely on professional designers and contractors to handle the actual remodeling work on your kitchen or bath. Despite this, don’t underestimate your own value in a kitchen remodeling project. Designers can help point you in the right direction as far as ideas for designs, materials, fixtures, cabinets, countertops, bathtubs and appliances to use in a remodel, but at the end of the day it is your home. As the homeowner and the person who will be living in this space, it’s your responsibility to communicate how you want your kitchen to look and feel once it is completed. Don’t be afraid to speak up if something isn’t going according to plan, or if your design aesthetic has changed.
MYTH #6: REMODELING YOUR KITCHEN IS POINTLESS SINCE STYLES CHANGE SO FREQUENTLY
Fact: It’s true that styles change throughout the years. However, remodeling your kitchen isn’t only about looks. A complete kitchen redesign can make the space easier to clean, more efficient, and more welcoming. By utilizing neutral colors and classic styles, you can add appeal and longevity to your kitchen. If it wasn’t a gathering space before, a proper redesign can absolutely make your kitchen the focal point of your home.