Remodeling a new kitchen can be a rewarding task for a homeowner, but making big layout mistakes can ruin the entire project. Here are some common kitchen layout mistakes that you should avoid at all costs.
Cramped Kitchen Triangle
It’s important to maintain the “kitchen triangle” to allow efficient movement from the sink to the fridge to the stove. However, efficiency doesn’t mean keeping everything too close together. An undersized kitchen triangle will just make the room feel cramped. Worse, it can even hamper your ability to move freely, rendering the triangle useless.
Putting the Sink in the Corner
Placing the new sink in the corner may seem like a good idea at first because it looks like you’ll get more area for food preparation and other activities. However, home remodeling contractors actually advise against it because using the sink can be very awkward with countertops (or a wall) too close to your sides. Leave some distance between the edge of the sink and the corner so you get more counter space without compromising the sink’s function.
Small Cabinet Handles
While small cabinet handles can look good in certain kitchen designs, you should keep in mind that you will end up using those handles on a regular basis. Small, round handles don’t provide a lot of leverage and aren’t as ergonomic as full-sized long handles. It’s much better if you switch to something easier to grab, especially since you’ll frequently be using those doors while holding food or with wet hands.
Bad Window Choice
Windows play a crucial role in keeping a kitchen well-lit and properly ventilated. That being said, you don’t want windows that are so big that they cause the strong outdoor breeze to mess with your cooking. Get help from trusted window replacement companies, and see if they can recommend something appropriate given your kitchen’s unique layout.
Let us help you get the ideal kitchen layout for your next remodeling project. STL Design and Build is the leading home exterior contractor in Maryland Heights, MO, and nearby areas. You can call us at (314) 736-5800 or fill out our contact form to request a quote.