4 common mistakes to avoid when renovating your kitchen

Renovating your kitchen is no easy job. From your budget to your layout to your choice of laminate kitchen worktops, there are a lot of choices to make and a lot of plates you’ll need to keep spinning. Unfortunately, that can make it all too easy to make the occasional mistake, and some can have bigger consequences than others! So, here are some of the most frequently underestimated mistakes, and a few suggestions on how you can avoid making them.

Mistake #1 – Overlooking counter space

This is perhaps one of the most singularly common mistakes we see people making when renovating their homes here at Savoy Timber, whether they’re revamping their existing kitchen, or designing a whole new space. Your countertops might look lovely and spacious but let’s be realistic – in many family homes, the chances of them being completely clean and clear all the time are relatively small.

So, when you’re sizing up your kitchen worktops for what appliances you’re going to store or display on them, don’t forget to assess how much elbow room you’re actually going to need preparing or cooking meals, as well as washing up. And if you’re planning on using the space for dining or socialising, you’ll need some room for that too!

Mistake #2 – Underestimating how much storage you’ll need

We’re betting that at least one Christmas, you’ve unwrapped a present to find it’s some kind of kitchen gadget you never knew you needed. Or, for that matter, wanted. Things like that constitute just one reason why so many of us can end up accumulating a lot of Stuff (with a capital S), alongside our cutlery and knives and crockery. Now, there’s nothing inherently wrong with that, unless you forget to account for it in the storage space of your new kitchen. If you’re not careful, you might find that you’ve got a surplus of stuff, and nowhere to put all of it.

To avoid that happening, it’s a good idea to make a plan of exactly what you’ve got, and where you’re thinking about putting it. That can help you identify potentially thorny issues early on. You might want to think about slightly more creative storage solutions, like in a kitchen island. Or, you could stick some of your bigger knives and kitchen tools to a magnet-wall, or utilise some floor-space with a movable trolley.

kitchen with island

Mistake #3 – Not having a lightbulb moment with your plugs and power

Here’s a bit of a nightmare scenario for you. You’ve almost finished the renovation of your entire kitchen, you’re just about to start plugging in your appliances – and you suddenly realise the microwave won’t fit where you wanted it to be. Nor your blender, or your toastie maker. So, to avoid having to make annoying compromises at the end of the project, it’s a good idea to think about workflow early on. Where are you planning on doing the majority of your chopping, before moving on to the blender? What part of the kitchen are you going to use for brewing up, and where’s the kettle going to go? Making these decisions early will help you to think about how the space flows, and make things a lot easier down the line.

Mistake #4 – Going over budget

When you’ve got a bit of money behind you, it can be really easy to splash out on your kitchen. After all, there are very few better places to invest your money than right here at home. But even if you’re pretty flush, it’s still best to have a budget, as it can be easy to end up spending more than you thought you would. And if you were pushing the limits a bit to begin with, that can end up in some serious money being spent. If you’re a fan of property programmes, you’ve probably already seen this principle in action!

To avoid falling victim to it yourself, it’s not a bad idea to create an inventory list that encompasses both furniture and contents, so you’ve got a solid budget to work with right from the off. That means that if you start to near the edges of your spending power, it’s easy to work out where you need to save money on other bits and pieces.

And that’s exactly where we can help. There’s no need to save up for marble or granite worktops – you can get the look with our great range of laminate kitchen worktops right here at Savoy Timber. Or try a whole different look with something from our range of sophisticated contemporary solid compact worktops. Why not take a look around, and see which ones take your fancy?