The kitchen is an everyday anchor; it’s where we gather with family and friends to truly feel at home. It’s a space that has so many demands; it must be practical, functional and welcoming all at the same time. So it’s not surprising that kitchens are a top priority when it comes to home remodels. It’s easy to fall prey to common misconceptions when planning a new kitchen or renovation, so we’re setting the record straight to get your started on the right foot.
Myth 1: You Don’t Need a Specific Goal for Your Kitchen Remodel
Shown: The HighriseTM kitchen pot filler
All projects should have a goal in mind, and a kitchen remodel is no exception to this rule. Your goal should go beyond just having an updated space. Consider whether or not resale value is important to you and think about how you actually use your kitchen. Is this your forever kitchen? If that’s the case, focus on making it your own and having the kitchen design fit your tastes exactly, no matter how unique they may be. Do you cook large meals frequently? If not, maybe you don’t need that top-of-the-line range you’ve been eyeing that’s too large for your space anyways. On the other hand, if you’re a home chef, perhaps it’s time to consider adding a prep station and pot filler to make cooking that much easier and streamlined.
Myth 2: You Don’t Need a Designer
Getting started on your dream kitchen remodel doesn’t have to be difficult or overwhelming; consider visiting your local KOHLER showroom for design help.
While not every project requires a designer, most can certainly benefit from one. Kitchen design comes with many idiosyncrasies. For example, whether or not you’re right-handed or left-handed; the answer could greatly impact how a designer would approach your kitchen layout. Additionally, having a designer onboard will also make it easier to track your budget and the bigger picture to ensure your dream kitchen can become a reality.
Myth 3: Kitchen Storage is Less Important than Kitchen Style
Ideally, there should always be a balance between functionality and style; both are equally important to consider when planning a remodel. Whether we like it or not, life is messy and that’s why adequate storage space is essential. A good way to understand just how much storage space is needed is to take stock of what you actually use in your kitchen, from food items to dishware and everything in between to eliminate kitchen clutter.
Myth 4: A Bigger Kitchen is Better
Shown: The Copper Cottage Kitchen Designed by Kim Lewis
It’s a common misconception that the larger a kitchen is, the better it will be when it comes to functionality. While you definitely want and need space to move and work, a room’s functionality isn’t dictated by its size, but instead by its layout and efficiencies. Smart kitchen planning is key, like thinking through the work-flow, selecting sinks with multiple accessories and being mindful of the kitchen work triangle.
Here’s to a seamless remodel or renovation in one of our favorite rooms in the house!