Kitchen renovations remain an extremely popular remodeling option for American homeowners. In fact, a 2017 study conducted by the National Kitchen and Bath Association found that more than 10 million households remodeled their kitchens in a single year.
But while many people may choose to work with kitchen remodeling contractors this year, that doesn’t mean you have to incorporate every possible design element into the final result. There may actually be some popular features that are worth skipping entirely. Whether you’re trying to streamline your design or you want to make the most of your resources, here are three features you may not need to include in your next kitchen remodel.
- Hardwood Floors: Arguably, there’s nothing more beautiful than hardwood floors. You might already have them throughout your house. However, if your kitchen doesn’t already have wood floors, it’s not necessarily advisable to include them in your redesign. It may look stunning at first, but you’ll have to work hard to protect it. Even with the addition of rugs, food and liquid spills are bound to happen in the kitchen. Before too long, your wood floors will show major signs of wear, tear, and warping. Ultimately, stone tile may be an even better choice. There are even porcelain tiles made to look like hardwood, which can provide much greater durability while providing the look you’re after. You’ll achieve your ideal aesthetic without the added upkeep, which is a true win/win.
- Extra Appliances: You might love the idea of having a chef’s kitchen, but are multiple fridges, ovens, and microwaves really necessary? Unless you work as a professional caterer or you keep a kosher kitchen, you may not have a need for duplicate appliances. What’s more, it could take away from other areas of the kitchen design you could otherwise include. When planning out your kitchen renovations, remember to carefully consider whether a feature is something you’ll truly use and can add value to your home. This isn’t to say you shouldn’t budget for an appliance you truly want and need. But if you’re going to purchase duplicate products, there should be a good reason for it. You might get more out of upgrading a single appliance — such as a six- or eight-burner stove, for example — than trying to incorporate two different ovens into the design.
- Small Backsplash Tiles: Backsplash tiles continue to be popular design options for many kitchen remodeling services. But while you should stay away from peel-and-stick backsplash installation, you might also reconsider the use of smaller backsplash tiles altogether. Since tiles are bound to get covered in grease in the kitchen, small ones are harder to keep clean. Aside from that, smaller mosaic tiles are waning in prevalence, as larger subway tiles and similar options have become preferable. Instead, consider using larger tiles in your kitchen renovations for ease of clean-up and a more contemporary look. This will allow you to make your kitchen feel more contemporary, especially if you include coveted subway tiles as part of your backsplash. Larger tiles in a backsplash will provide a low-maintenance, high-quality result in virtually any kitchen.
Now that you know what you may want to avoid in your kitchen remodel, you can focus on the elements you should include. Whatever your vision for your future kitchen, our team is here to make it happen. For more information, please contact McBride Remodeling today.