Some may see the kitchen as the core of the house. It is the place where many of our home activities — cooking, cleaning, eating, drinking, socializing — take place.  It is a place highly appreciated by the entire family, that’s why it should be functional and beautiful. Organization and layout are key components, regardless of your kitchen design style. There are several renovation mistakes that must be avoided.

Kitchen Triangle Modifications

Did you know that kitchen design professionals refer to the sink, stove and refrigerator as the kitchen triangle? A kitchen triangle requires careful planning and unobstructed access because it is in this area that most of the activities take place. Your triangle should also have easy access to the stove and refrigerator, as well as your countertop workstations besides the sink.

Sometimes kitchens are designed with the sinks in a poor location because of the placement of the pipes. Consider hiring a plumber to relocate the plumbing to accommodate the best placement for the sink if this is the case in your kitchen.

The sum of all the legs in a work triangle should not be less than 10 feet or greater than 25 feet regardless of your kitchen’s size or layout (L-shaped, galley, U-shaped or island). People will be tripping over each other if the work triangle is too small. If it’s too large, food preparation could be a tiring task

Don’t waste the storage space

Items concealed behind kitchen cabinets can be oddly shaped and require extra space so it is important to use every space from the kitchen. It can be tricky to find a home for your appliances while keeping them easily accessible.

One big design mistake is not including enough storage. Why so? Because built-ins are expensive and the overall size of the area may be limited.

Consider installing extra-long upper cabinets with molding for extra storage space if you have a small kitchen. Installing cabinets over the refrigerator is vital. Not utilizing this area is a waste of storage space for large or seasonal kitchen items.

Insufficient counter space

The lack of counter space is one of the biggest complaints about kitchen design. you want to fit as much open horizontal surface area in a kitchen as possible, so consider all the kitchen activities that require a countertop, as well as appliances that are permanently located there.

Insufficient Lightning

You must have good light in the kitchen for good design and atmosphere. You should have three kinds of lightning in every room: general lighting, task lighting and accent lighting.

For your kitchen, evaluate the work areas and focus on providing each spot with the light it needs. Consider adding lighting directly above all the main work areas.

If you want to enhance the beauty and functionality of the kitchen, use pendant lights or a series of mini-pendants.

Poor ventilation

You’ll understand the importance of good ventilation if you’ve ever walked into someone’s home and smelled last night’s fish lingering in the air.

Inexpensive range hoods simply circulate dirty, stale air, while a good ventilation system will improve the quality of your indoor air. It also helps keep your kitchen cleaner and extends the life of your appliances.

Take these 5 tips into consideration next time when you want to remodel your kitchen and you won’t be sorry.