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Eat, Drink and Be Merry in the Kitchen Avoid These Top 5 Common Mistakes When Planning Your Kitchen Remodel

If you're thinking about remodeling your kitchen—or even planning a new one—there are many things to consider before you find yourself in the middle of a mess and out of money. Here are just a few.

Forgetting to See the Light

Ambiance is important to any room. So is proper illumination. Once you decide on the style and lighting that's best for your kitchen, you can then select the proper fixtures and bulbs. It will create a safer workplace and will enhance the combination of colors and finishing of your cabinets and walls. A good rule is to set aside 10% of the budget for lighting.

Three Can Be a Crowd

A well-designed kitchen triangle links the three areas of greatest activity: the sink, stove and refrigerator (also known as the Golden Triangle). Ideally, you should have unobstructed access to and from all three of these locations. Of the three, the sink will see the most action and should have easy access to the stove and refrigerator, as well as your countertop workstations. With the refrigerator, stove and sink close together, cooking and cleaning will be more efficient.

Lost Without Space

Be sure to plan in advance for the type and size of storage you'll need. There's nothing worse than finishing your project and realizing that your pots and pans don't fit in your new storage space. If your space is limited, keep in mind that there are a number of options to use, including deep cabinets, pull-out shelving, built-in appliances, and even roll-out pantries. You'll get the most out of your storage area if you place it near your working stations.

Mixing Unmatched Styles

It's an excellent idea to match the new style of your kitchen with the rest of the house—even the exterior. You may think bright orange cabinets are totally hip right now, but down the road, you may question your decision - and so will your potential buyers. Always consider the resale aspect of your kitchen.

Template? What Template?

When it comes time to install a new faucet, you may need to cut a hole to fit the new dimensions. Most faucet manufacturers include a template for you to follow—it practically guarantees accurate placement. If you decide not to use the template or the spec sheet that comes with the faucet, you run the serious risk of having an off-center faucet. And if you've drilled a hole through your counter, it won't be easy to cover any mistakes.

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