In the world of kitchen renovations, there are many mistakes to be made—trust us, we’ve seen ‘em all. Whether it’s opting for blinding kitchen wallpaper or skipping out on small, yet important details, kitchen remodel mishaps can put a damper on your kitchen enjoyment, and even cost you money in the long run.

In this blog, Hollywood’s kitchen remodel team at The Home People will cover some of the biggest mistakes you can make during a kitchen renovation. Once you’ve read this blog, you’ve been warned.

You compromised the kitchen triangle.

Shame, shame, shame. How dare you spit on the graves of great kitchen layouts before your time! The “triangle rule” of kitchens isn’t just a rule in the kitchen layout rulebook—it’s THE rule. When creating a kitchen layout, your stove, fridge, and kitchen sink should be the points of a (relatively) equilateral triangle, giving you easy access to appliances while allowing for ample counter space between them. It is, by far, the most efficient kitchen layout for cooking, prepping, and basically anything else you need to do in your kitchen.

It doesn’t matter if your kitchen is going to be U-shaped, G-shaped, or double-galley style—the triangle rule is always the best solution, especially when appliances are placed more than 10 feet and less than 25 feet apart. Why, you ask? Put your appliances too close together, and you and your culinary crew will be tripping over each other trying to accomplish kitchen tasks. Put them too far apart, and you’re going to have a tough time carrying that heavy pot of water from the sink to the stove.

This is the pinnacle of kitchen layouts—trust us, and trust the generations of functional kitchens constructed before you.

You didn’t put in enough counters.

Remember when you were 25 and living in a subpar, one-bedroom apartment where the only usable portion of counter space in your kitchen was smaller than your cutting board? We remember. Sometimes, homeowners focus on cabinets, cabinets, cabinets when planning their kitchen renovation, but unfortunately overlook the need for useful countertop spaces in the process.

Pretty much every activity that happens in the kitchen requires ample counter space, whether it’s cooking up some dinner, making lunches for the kids, or getting all 87 bags of groceries from your counters to the fridge. Do you really want to shortchange yourself on counters when a surplus of counter space opens up so many possibilities?

The best way to add counter space to your kitchen is to build an island or peninsula. It’ll provide you with more lower level cabinet space, it opens up opportunities for a sink or oven addition (which can help you adhere to the triangle rule), and you’ll have plenty of counter space to cook, prep, and entertain guests (or kids).

You forgot to add a backsplash.

After forking over all that money on stainless appliances, granite countertops, cherry cabinets, and all the other bells and whistles, a backsplash can seem like an afterthought. While skipping out on a backsplash can save you money in the short term, this lapse in good judgement could cost you a lot more than backsplash in the long run.

Why do they call it a backsplash anyway? It’s because it protects the back walls of your kitchen from splashes (obviously). Think about all the water, steam, grease, flying spaghetti sauce, and other culinary projectiles that launch themselves across the kitchen and onto your walls. Would you rather clean off that pungent gunk off of exposed drywall with a magic eraser and the elbow-grease power of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson? Or would you rather gently caress it off of a durable, marine-coated backsplash that adds a pop of style and color to your space? The choice is yours.

You didn’t keep ventilation in mind.

While we’re on the topic of pungent gunk—your kitchen is subject to even more smells than stains. Remember when you were living in that same subpar one-bedroom apartment, and you cooked up some salmon fillets? Remember how long that fish smell lingered, and how deeply it permeated every fabric of your home?

The problem is with ventilation—and if you don’t want fishy smells to linger in your new kitchen, you’ll need some ways to keep air moving. Powerful range hoods, large windows, and high-tech ventilation systems can be an expensive investment, but the peace of mind (and peace of nose) you’ll get by keeping air moving will be priceless, especially if your kitchen is connected to your living room.

You didn’t add (good) enough lighting.

Kitchens aren’t the place for mood lighting—you need bright, practical lighting to show off that you kitchen, and to keep you safe while handling hot/sharp/motorized kitchen items. According to most kitchen experts, there are three types of lighting you’ll need for your kitchen: general lighting for general lighting of your space, task lighting for cooking and prepping, and accent lighting for aesthetic value and those late-night ice cream trips to the freezer. Cover these three types of kitchen lighting, and you’ll have a bright and practical kitchen for everyone to enjoy. Now that is truly lit.

You went a little too trendy with your design.

There was once a time where wallpaper, faux stucco finishes, and even carpet were trendy choices for kitchens. Yet, for some reason, these trends are considered laughable mishaps in kitchen and interior design.

The moral of the story? Not all that is trendy is timeless. In fact, pretty much nothing that is trendy is timeless—that’s what makes it a trend.

According to homeadvisor.com, the average kitchen renovation costs homeowners around $22,000. Do you really want to spend that much money on a kitchen that’s going to be out of style in five or 10 years? While adding a few trendy accessories and light fixtures is a great way to keep your kitchen hip, stick to timeless and trusty stuff for big-ticket items like cabinets, counters, and appliances. You’ll be able to change the look and feel of your kitchen by replacing accessories over the years, and your home will be more universally appealing to potential homebuyers if you end up putting your house on the market.

You didn’t hire the professionals.

Sure—throw down some tiles, layer on some paint, and call yourself a seasoned DIY hero. But when it comes to heavy-duty kitchen renovations, it’s best that professional home remodelers and contractors handle this expensive and crucial investment.

Think about the different areas of your home—which ones could you temporarily live without if a DIY renovation were to go wrong? You could probably just sleep on your living room couch if a bedroom renovation goes wrong, or keep some camping chairs on your back lawn while you build a new deck. But unless you’re okay with using your mulberry bush as a restroom, or campfire roasting wieners in your backyard, bathroom and kitchen renovations should be left to the professionals.

That’s where The Home People can help. With over 30 years of bathroom and kitchen remodel experience, The Home People have seen all the kitchen mistakes in the book, and we’re happy to help you avoid them while giving you a kitchen you’ll love for years to come. Schedule your free estimate today!