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The kitchen is the heart of the home, which is why it is one of the most popular rooms for homeowners to renovate. Turn the kitchen of your dreams into a reality by avoiding these common remodeling mistakes.

Mistake #1: Things that open into other things.

Two drawers that collide into each other, a cabinet door that opens into a wall, a refrigerator that swings the wrong way – all things you don’t want in your kitchen.

Solution: Measure once, measure twice, and measure again. Imagine every cabinet, drawer, and appliance were opened at the same time. Is there anything that might come in contact?

Mistake #2: Forgetting your workflow.

Your new kitchen should be just as functional as it is beautiful. While it’s important for your new space to look good, it is also important that it helps improve your workflow – or, at the very least, doesn’t make it any worse.

Solution: When planning the layout of your new kitchen, consider the “golden triangle” – your refrigerator, stove, and sink. These are the three busiest areas of the kitchen and should all be easily accessible.

Mistake #3: Not designing the kitchen around your appliances.

Your appliances are the focal points of your kitchen, and the least flexible to work around. You can easily design cabinetry to fit around your wall stove or built-in microwave, but it’s much harder to find appliances if you are tightly constrained by size.

Solution: Select which appliances you want first, then work on building the rest of your kitchen around them.

Mistake #4: Choosing an inadequate contractor to complete the job.

Chances are we all know someone with a kitchen remodeling horror story. Whether the contractor took longer than expected, performed shoddy work, or left town with the deposit check, trying to save a few dollars by hiring cheap will only cost you more in the end.

Solution: Pick a reputable contractor with a BBB-accreditation, list of references, and a history of performing good work.

For more kitchen remodeling mistakes to avoid, check out this article from Martha Stewart.

Planning a kitchen remodel for your Colorado home? Trust 5-Day Kitchens of Pueblo to get the job done right! As Patterson Plumbing’s trusted kitchen remodeling division, we will make sure that your remodel goes as quickly and smoothly as possible. If you live in Pueblo County or the surrounding area, give us a call at (719) 404-4242.

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