5 Kitchen Design Mistakes And How to Avoid Them-Northern Virginia

November 15, 2017

As one of the most highly used rooms in your home, good kitchen design is important. It's a multi-functional space for cooking, dining, and entertaining, and when not laid out well, it can be uncomfortable and annoying. We recommend working with a professional kitchen designer, and doing so will help you avoid some common mistakes.

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1. "The Golden Triangle" vs. Bad Layout

When we're talking about good design, one of the most important aspects is intentional layout. The kitchen triangle includes the sink, stove, and refrigerator. Of the three, the sink will be used most and should have easy access to the stove and refrigerator (plus countertops). Narrow aisles, inconvenient door swings and islands that cut off direct access to these key areas make kitchens less efficient and less convenient.

 Here's an example of an open kitchen layout done right:

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2. Good vs. Poor Ventilation

It's no surprise that the kitchen yields lots of smells (both good and bad). For bad smells in particular (think: fish lingering from the night before), good ventilation is key. A good ventilation system will help improve the quality of your indoor air. It also helps keep your kitchen clean by omitting odors and airborne grease particles from the house that would otherwise land on cabinets, countertops and appliances or travel to other rooms.

 In the kitchen below, we used a down-draft ventilation system in the gas stove to allow for proper ventilation, while still keeping with an open design:

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3. Expansive vs. Limited Counterspace

One of the most common complaints about kitchens is lack of counterspace. When updating your kitchen, make sure that you have enough countertop workspace. Consider how you use your countertops and plan for your future needs. The amount of space you need will be specific to your circumstances and will vary with the size limitations of your room and budget.

 In this kitchen below, the homeowner utilized long countertops on both sides of the range to allow for more prep area: 

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4. Storage vs. Lack of Storage

Kitchens typically build up lots of stuff. From dishes to pots and pans to tupperware, it always seems like there isn't enough room for everything. Avoid clutter by planning ahead for storage through a pantry, cabinets, and drawers. Evaluate what you currently have and what you anticipate to keep in the kitchen as you think about how much storage you need.

 In this kitchen below, we added a wall of custom cabinetry to allow for maximum storage space that makes the kitchen/dining area seem more open and inviting:

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5. Classic vs. Trendy

Some may disagree with this point, and it's definitely important to find a balance between what's currently in style and classic aesthetics. However, a kitchen remodel is a significant investment. We recommend choosing a design that is first, functional, and second, timeless. That doesn't mean that you can't add a splash of color or make bold design choices, but do so cautiously.

 In the kitchen below, we mixed traditional style with modern elements to create a kitchen design that would remain appealing for many years to come: 

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If you live in the Northern Virginia area and you’re interested in a free estimate, or would like to know how Lensis Builders, Inc. can make your home even better, give us a call at 703-367-8999 or fill out a short contact form. If you’re looking for inspiration for your next project, visit our Pinterest page.


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