7 secrets you wish you knew before you remodeled your kitchen | The Powell Buehler Group

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7 secrets you wish you knew before you remodeled your kitchen:

1. When designing your kitchen think about FUNCTIONALITY. After all a kitchen is for cooking. The amount of space between your appliances is important to have an efficient workspace.

A good rule to go by is called the 11 foot triangle. The triangle is the distance from your stove to your sink to your refrigerator. Those distances should add up to 11 feet or less. (Comment below if you have questions about this)

2. A good way to keep costs down is by keeping your appliances and sink in their existing locations. Moving them will add plumbing and electrical expenses. If it’s not broke, don’t change it!

3. Another way to save money is to keep your existing cabinets, paint them, and update the hardware. You can even add flat trim pieces painted the same color as the cabinets, around the frame of the doors. This will make them look like completely different cabinets!

4. When picking out floors make sure whatever you pick is water resistant. Seems like a no brainer, but not all floors are water resistant. This will save you if you ever have a dishwasher or sink leak. If you decide to do tile in your kitchen make sure it’s not a slick texture. It could be slippery when wet and that’s an accident waiting to happen.

5. If you have a gap between the top of your cabinets and the ceiling, a cost effective way to change this is to add painted plywood and trim pieces to the top and bottom of the plywood. This will make your kitchen look taller and have a more finished/built in look!

6. Make sure you know the EXACT measurements of your appliances and that they will fit without bumping into cabinets when they are opened. This is especially important with the fridge. When its open will it be a tight space? Will it block off a walk way?

7. My last and favorite tip is to consider open shelving in 1 or 2 spots instead of a cabinet. This will save you money on cabinets and it’s a really pretty look that is on trend.

If you have any tips to add please comment them below! I’d love to hear some of the things you have learned along the way and wish you knew before hand.

Side note: Isn’t this kitchen renovation gorgeous?!

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