I absolutely love to buy handyman specials and fix them up. After going through three full kitchen remodeling projects, however, I’ve come to the conclusion that there are five things I would do differently if I could do it all over again.
1. Install a Double Sink with a Small and Large Bowl
Having a double bowl sink was an upgrade in my kitchens. However, it didn’t take long to for me to become frustrated with not being able to wash a large frying pan in them. Tipping everything up sideways and washing things one half at a time just plain stinks. Unfortunately, it’s not something I figured out until it was too late.
Next time, I’ll be installing a double sink with a large, deep bowl on one side and a small vegetable washing bowl on the other side.
2. Nix the Liquid Soap Dispenser
In two of my kitchen remodels, I installed sinks with built-in liquid soap dispensers. I thought it would be convenient and it would get one more thing off my counter.
Let me tell you how that worked for me. On the first remodel, the dispenser stopped pumping after about six months. On the second remodel, I went all out and purchased a high end sink with another built-in liquid soap dispenser. It lasted about a year. I replaced it; it broke. I replaced it again; it broke again. I ended up with the liquid dish soap on my counter after all.
3. Add More Pot and Pan Drawers
I never had deep pot and pan drawers in any of my kitchens until the last two remodels. Words cannot explain how much I love them. No more squatting down and digging through door front cabinets anymore. The only thing I did wrong was I didn’t put in enough of them. Next time, there will be more pot and pan drawers than door front cabinets – that’s for sure.
4. Skip the Expensive Hardware
I’m a little embarrassed to say that I spent weeks looking for the “perfect” door and drawer hardware for my maple cabinets. When I finally settled on a design and multiplied the number of pieces I needed times the unit price, the bill totaled over $500 – just for hardware. By the time the accessories were added to the room, it was apparent they weren’t really necessary. Simple, classic hardware would have been perfect and the money would have been better spent on better drawer glides.
5. Install Full Extension, Soft Close Drawer Glides
On the last kitchen remodeling project, I thought I scored big by including full extension drawer glides. And, to some extent, I did. It was so nice to be able to pull the drawers all the way out and have the entire contents in full view. What I neglected to think about, however, was that they gain more momentum when you push them closed than the standard drawer glide. In short, they pretty much “slam” shut. Next time around, it will be full extension, soft close drawer glides.
So, there it is – I’ve spilled my guts and told you all the dumb choices I’ve made on my kitchen remodeling projects. Hopefully, you can benefit from my mistakes and have all the best options in your kitchen.