10 Embarrassing Kitchen Remodeling Mistakes to Avoid

Sep 9, 2018
Remodeling Tips


Welcome to Clauson Construction's blog post on the top 10 kitchen remodeling mistakes that you should avoid. If you're planning a kitchen renovation, it's important to be aware of common errors that can lead to costly setbacks and disappointment. As one of the leading remodeling contractors in the industry, we have witnessed these mistakes firsthand and want to help you make informed decisions for a successful remodel.

1. Poor Space Planning

Avoid the mistake of poor space planning by thoroughly evaluating your kitchen layout and considering the flow and functionality. Maximize storage, optimize countertop space, and ensure there's enough room for appliances and movement. Seek professional guidance from our experienced team to help you create an efficient and practical kitchen design.

2. Ignoring Workflow

Don't ignore the workflow when designing your kitchen. Consider the classic kitchen work triangle, which connects the sink, stove, and refrigerator. Proper placement of these elements will enhance efficiency and make your cooking experience more enjoyable. Make sure walkways are clear to prevent congestion and accidents.

3. Inadequate Lighting

Good lighting is essential for any kitchen. Avoid the mistake of inadequate lighting that can create a gloomy or dim atmosphere. Incorporate a combination of natural light, task lighting, and ambient lighting to create a well-lit and welcoming space. Install under-cabinet lights to illuminate countertops and consider pendant lights for an elegant touch above the island or dining area.

4. Skimping on Quality Materials

It's tempting to cut costs by opting for cheaper materials, but this can lead to regrets in the long run. Avoid the mistake of skimping on quality materials, as they are more durable, visually appealing, and will add value to your kitchen. Invest in high-quality cabinets, countertops, flooring, and fixtures to ensure longevity and functionality.

5. Neglecting Storage Solutions

Avoid the mistake of neglecting storage solutions in your kitchen remodel. Adequate storage is vital for a clutter-free and organized space. Utilize cabinet organizers, pull-out drawers, and pantry systems to maximize storage capacity. Customized storage options will keep your kitchen tidy and make it easier to find and access items.

6. Not Considering Future Needs

When renovating your kitchen, think about your future needs and how they may change over time. Avoid the mistake of not considering future needs, such as mobility issues or a growing family. Incorporate universal design principles and consider adaptable features that can accommodate changing requirements without requiring major modifications in the future.

7. Failing to Hire a Professional Contractor

Attempting a kitchen remodel on your own without professional help can lead to costly mistakes and subpar results. Avoid this mistake by hiring a reputable and experienced contractor like Clauson Construction. Our team has the knowledge, skills, and experience to handle every aspect of your kitchen renovation, ensuring a smooth and successful project.

8. Underestimating the Budget

Don't make the mistake of underestimating your budget for a kitchen remodel. Proper planning and research are key to determining the realistic cost of your project. Take into account all expenses, including materials, labor, permits, and unforeseen contingencies. Create a detailed budget and consult with our experts to ensure your renovation stays within financial boundaries.

9. Overlooking Safety Features

When remodeling your kitchen, safety should always be a top priority. Avoid the mistake of overlooking safety features such as installing proper ventilation systems, fire alarms, and slip-resistant flooring. Make sure all electrical and plumbing work is up to code, and consider childproofing measures if you have young children.

10. Rushing the Project

One of the biggest mistakes you can make is rushing your kitchen remodel. Patience is key when it comes to achieving a successful outcome. Take the time to plan, research, and communicate your ideas with our team at Clauson Construction. Set realistic timelines, allow for unexpected delays, and prioritize quality craftsmanship over speed.


By avoiding these 10 embarrassing kitchen remodeling mistakes, you'll be well on your way to a beautiful and functional kitchen that exceeds your expectations. At Clauson Construction, we pride ourselves on delivering exceptional results while prioritizing customer satisfaction. Contact us today to discuss your kitchen remodeling project and let our expertise bring your vision to life.