The Four Most Common Kitchen Remodeling Mistakes

Posted by Helaine Cohen on Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 at 6:07pm.

A kitchen remodel at your Chicago luxury home can offer one of the biggest return on investments, but if you’re not careful, you’ll end up with a laundry list of things you wish you had done differently. Here’s a look at the four most common kitchen remodeling mistakes to be aware of. Avoid these, and you’ll be living in the lap of luxury in no time!

  1. Consider Your Lifestyle:While it would be easy to rip out all of your appliances and countertops and replace them with fanciest ones you can find, a lot of people don’t focus on the big picture. Before you even consult with a contractor, consider your lifestyle and how your kitchen should function. This will help you determine the kinds of materials, appliances, and layouts that will work, and those that won’t.
  2. Fad Over Function:How many times have you toured a home only to think, “Wow, that kitchen is outdated.”? While that may be the case, sometimes people select materials and design elements that are just a fad. Generally speaking, a kitchen remodel should last 12-15 years, so ensure you’re choosing things that are timeless. Trendy colors and shapes will have a shorter shelf life, and you may not see a return on investment for things like pot fillers, statement chandeliers, and other customizations that are specific to your tastes.
  3. Doing-It-Yourself: While a lot of people believe that DIY projects will save them money, the kitchen isn’t the place to experiment. There are a number of kitchen aspects that will require the skill of a professional, so be sure to have a kitchen designer, architect, and a contractor involved in your project. Hire skilled and licensed professionals who understand lead times and can also keep you on track budget-wise.
  4. Letting a Contractor or Designer Make Your Decisions: While you may be tempted to hand over the reigns to the contractor or designer, don’t let them make your decisions for you. After all, this is your Chicago luxury home and you will have to live there long after the remodel is finished. You know your habits the best, so you will need to be intimately involved in choosing finishes and a layout that work best for your needs.
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Helaine Cohen, Chicago Real Estate Broker

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