4 Kitchen Design Mistakes to Avoid

February 21, 2019

The kitchen is a busy room in the home and is often a hub of activity. Whether it helps you get through your day or makes things more difficult all depends on the design and layout. Poor design can result in a frustrating day-to-day experience while good design often makes daily life a little easier. Here are a few common kitchen design mistakes to avoid:

Mistake #1 – Going with a Popular Design Instead of the Design You Need

When you build a custom home, you get to choose the details. It can be tempting to get swept up in current trends and focus on what’s popular. Sometimes this works out in your favor. But, if you go with what’s popular and ignore your daily kitchen use and your specific needs, then you may end up with a kitchen design that looks great, but it frustrating to use. You can certainly have fun exploring current kitchen design trends, but make sure anything you choose is also going to be functional and efficient.

Mistake #2 – Choosing Surface Materials and Kitchen Fixtures Based on Price Alone

Another common mistake is choosing surface materials and kitchen fixtures based on price alone. A lot goes on in the kitchen and you need countertops, flooring, faucets, and other fixtures to be tough and durable while looking great. If you choose them based on price alone, on the low-end or the high-end, you could end up with something that doesn’t stand the test of time, is difficult to clean, or is hard to work with.

Price, and sometimes the brand name, will certainly be a consideration when you’re choosing these kitchen elements, but you should also be considering the pros and cons of each choice. You want to make sure the final choice is what you actually need. Your custom home builder can help walk you through this process.

Mistake #3 – Ignoring Daily Use and Storage Needs

When you go into the kitchen design process, it is so important to make sure your daily use of the kitchen and your kitchen storage needs are taken into account. If these things are ignored in the kitchen design, you could end up with a kitchen that is difficult to use and also one that does not have enough storage space for everything you want to keep in the kitchen.

This makes ignoring daily use and storage needs one of the top kitchen design mistakes to avoid. By considering your daily use in the kitchen and your current pain points, you can design a kitchen that works with you instead of against you. When it comes to storage, you can always add more storage to your kitchen design, but trying to add more storage in once its built can be difficult.

Mistake #4 – Forgetting to Consider Electrical and Lighting

Of all the rooms in your home, proper lighting and access to electricity are beyond important in the kitchen. Not only do you have to make sure you have enough outlets in the right places for all your large appliances, but you also need to make sure you have enough free electrical outlets in other places to plug in small appliances, charge devices, and more.

On top of that, you need to make sure you have the right overhead lighting and task lighting to be able to see what you’re doing in the kitchen. Plus, lighting has such a big effect on the look and overall atmosphere of the room, so you definitely want to make sure you get it right in your kitchen design.

The kitchen is just one room of your custom home and good design is important for all of them. Instead of worrying about the details, partner with a custom home builder that has an in-house design process. Not only will they walk you through the process and help you get a custom home design you will love, but they’ll also handle all the details so you can enjoy the process. If you’re ready to get on the path to your custom home, contact Custom Home Group at 717-284-4090 and make your dream home a reality!