Manhattan Projects: 5 Costly Mistakes to Avoid During Your Kitchen Remodel

With a rich art and culture scene, stunning iconic architecture, and a breathtaking skyline, Manhattan is often labeled the ultimate residential destination. Living in Manhattan puts you in some of the best albeit expensive real estate in the country, with options ranging from luxury condos to gorgeous townhouses. But, as is often the case, there is rarely ever a perfect home. And even your new Manhattan condo or townhouse may not have the kitchen you desire. This is where a remodel comes in. If you are planning to give your kitchen a makeover, we have compiled a list of don’ts to help you. 

Starting without a Plan and Budget

Just as you would never buy a home for sale in Manhattan without a plan, budget, mortgage, and agent, you should never start a kitchen remodel without a plan. This does not mean a magazine cutout of the kitchen you want but a complete assessment of your needs and how your new kitchen will meet those needs. Do a lot of research and look into different appliances, accessories, lighting, cabinetry, countertop, and flooring options. Consider maintenance and include a 15 percent contingency in your budget. 

Picking the Wrong Flooring

There are many flooring options you can choose for your kitchen. Hardwood, linoleum, and natural stone are all good options. If you settle on hardwood, however, make sure the wood used is treated. Untreated wood will damage quickly and leave you with more expenses than before. You can also go for a textured finish like reclaimed or distressed food to prevent slips and falls in your kitchen. Meanwhile, whatever floor option you choose, throw down some pads or rugs in front of the dishwasher, sink, and fridge, which are some of the most accident-prone areas in the kitchen.

Installing Cabinets Before Floors

Many homes for sale in Manhattan have hardwood flooring but you can install it in those that don’t. It is crucial that you do this after you put it in your cabinets. If you install cabinets over a hardwood floor, you could limit the floor’s ability to expand and contract and expose it to peaking and cupping risks. This order also means you cannot change your floor later on without damaging your cabinets. 

Ignoring the Kitchen Triangle

When it comes to kitchen design, efficiency beats style all the time. And nowhere is this truer than in the kitchen triangle. It is important that whatever kitchen design you pick you do not place your key appliances too far from each other. Experts recommend that your triangle remain between your fridge, sink, and stove and that these stations be a few feet from each other. This makes them easier to use.

Chasing Every Trend

In keeping with the previous point, try also not to chase too many trends. Trends come and go and if you have too many trends in your kitchen, you may have to do another remodel when they go out of style, which is usually sooner than you think. Pick some trends you like but try to stick to timeless or classic styles for large items like the countertops and cabinets.

Explore Manhattan Homes with Monica Novo

A kitchen remodel can give you the perfect kitchen. But you cannot create the perfect kitchen before you learn how to find a home in Manhattan. The Manhattan real estate market is tricky and competitive and can be daunting to new buyers. But with expert guidance from a professional agent like Monica, you can get the home of your dreams with minimal fuss. Call the Novo team today to get connected.