3 Kitchen Design and Remodeling Decisions That You May Live to Regret

The average kitchen remodel ranged from $10,000 to $30,000 in 2015. If you're trying to keep your remodel budget on the lower end of the range, you might consider making some sacrifices when it comes to the design and function of your kitchen. For example, you may choose to opt for laminate counters over natural stone ones in an effort to save a buck. While some sacrifices are entirely warranted and a good idea, others are not. Following are three kitchen design and remodeling decisions that you may live to regret. 

Inadequate Flow

If your kitchen had a wonky setup before, it will have one after you remodel if you don't pay a little extra to have a plumber and electrician come in and move all the necessary pipes, wiring, and outlets. While it may be tempting to forgo the expense and put your stove, fridge and sink where they were before, you should carefully consider the flow of your kitchen before doing so. Proper flow can mean all the difference between enjoying being in the kitchen and wanting to pull your hair out while you're in there. 

Most design experts recommend a work triangle that's made up of the stove, fridge, and sink with plenty of work space and proper storage along the route. 

Inexpensive Appliances

Appliances are expensive. In fact, they account for approximately 14 percent of most kitchen remodel budgets, so it is tempting to skimp in this area. However, inexpensive appliances won't have all the features that will make your life easier and your food taste better. Appliances with low-efficiency ratings may even increase your utility bills. Therefore, it's always a good idea to make a solid investment into the best appliances you can reasonably afford.

Man-Made Flooring

Some types of synthetic and man-made flooring options do not wear as well as natural options. Linoleum tile is a great example of this. If you want floors that will remain beautiful and last for years to come, you might wish to consider natural options, such as hardwood and stone. In many cases, these can be buffed, sanded, or repaired over the course of decades whereas linoleum may need to be replaced after 20 years. To learn more about flooring options, contact a company like Kelly-Fradet Lumber.

There are many things you may live to regret, but you kitchen remodel shouldn't be one of them. Be sure to carefully select your layout and features so you will enjoy your kitchen for years to come. 

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