There are two things that drive me absolutely crazy about my kitchen. Hence, I basically have to crawl into the corner cabinet to fish my slow cooker from its depths. And one of my utensil drawers does not open unless I open the oven first.
These are very clear indicators of poor kitchen design. And, as we get ready to renovate our old kitchen, you better believe I’m keeping notes. To avoid making the same mistakes the previous owner did. Therefore, I asked architects, contractors, interior designers. Also, other industry experts for the biggest kitchen design faux pas you can make.
Not Considering Logistics
It’s easy to lost in the design elements. But careful planning are essential, says New York City-based contractor Michael Hershkowitz, REDOnyc. Mistakes without planning include a lack of drawers for pots and utensils. Also, a lack of outlets where you need them for such things as coffee makers and juice machines. The garbage is another often forgotten item when planning is lacking. Thus, says designer Anne DeCocco. If you don’t account for a garbage can, it ends up exposed or far away from the sink. This not only looks unsightly. But also adds to the mess of food prep and clean-up after meals.
Forgetting The Flow
“A well-functioning kitchen centers around the position of three critical elements: the refrigerator, stove, and sink. It’s critical to get these right.” Says Kayla Hein, creative director of Modern Castle. “In order for your kitchen to flow naturally. Thus, if you draw a triangle on the floor between these items. Also, no leg of the triangle should be less than four feet away or more than nine feet away.”
Skimping On Counter Space
A kitchen without adequate counter space presents daily challenges. Where are you going to put your dirty dishes or dry your clean ones? Where are you going to set the bowl of pancake batter while you’re making breakfast? “You should leave at least 24 inches on either side of your stovetop and sink,” says designer Rebecca Rowland.
Not Updating The Lighting
Lighting is an important part of any kitchen design, but it’s an easy area to overlook, says Hein. “Adding additional lighting can help a kitchen to feel bigger and easier to work in. If you have dated fixtures or a yellow hue to your kitchen, consider making a change. Home improvement stores sell easy conversion kits that allow you to easily convert existing lighting to recessed can lighting or drop pendants, like over an island or bar.”