Kitchen Renovation In Singapore (#11 Mistakes To Avoid)

Kitchen renovation might be among your most important investment (that can last for years, not only helps increase your entire house’s value, but also level up your lifestyle). However, during 25 years in this business, we have heard many sad stories about homeowners in Singapore who suffered really terrible & stressful experiences during their kitchen remodeling.

Below are #11 most common mistakes people make when renovating their kitchens (you will probably want to carefully check to avoid repeating them on your own project).

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Kitchen Renovation & Mistakes To Avoid

Kitchen renovation might be among your most important investments (that can last for years, not only helps increase your entire house’s value, but also level up your lifestyle). However, during 27 years in this business, we have heard many sad stories about homeowners in Singapore who suffered really terrible & stressful experiences during their kitchen remodeling.

Below are #11 most common mistakes people make when renovating their kitchens (you will probably want to carefully check to avoid repeating them on your own project).

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#1. Kitchen Renovation Common Mistake: Not Enough Storage Spaces

One of the most common mistakes when renovating your kitchen is to underestimate your demand for storage space. Take advantage of all storage opportunities you possibly have, even small add-ons such as cabinets, roll-out drawers, and tray dividers, … Wall-mounted pegboard is also a quite smart solution to increase your store space (and for decoration purposes as well) that you can consider. 

#2. Don't Keep Your Budget Under Control When Remodeling Your Kitchen

The expense to remodel your kitchen can quickly & easily rack up (especially if you don’t have a strict plan to manage your budget). A simple tip given is never to spend more than 15% of your house’s value on kitchen renovation. Additionally, kitchen cabinets may account for up to one-third of the total reno cost, so please keep it in mind before spending on other stuff.

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#3. Leaving Kitchen Appliances Till Last

Shopping for kitchen appliances might not be the most interesting task during your kitchen remodeling journey, but perhaps, it’s the most important step many people forget to plan from the beginning. That’s true, we can see how much easier it is to pick your cabinets & countertops (with dimensions) to fit your existing refrigerators, induction/gas hops, dishwashing machines, and microwaves, … (Imagine that you did the whole thing in reverse, that could be a disaster).

#4. Kitchen Renovation Worst Mistake: Doing The Whole Thing Alone

Even if you’re going to implement your DIY kitchen renovation, you still should consult with an expert for some benefits below:

  • Monitor & refine your remodeling plan: telling you what works and what doesn’t.
  • Recommend you some reliable brands & wise choice of materials.
  • Provide you with some tips & ideas you’ve possibly never heard about.

(And if you don’t know, Weiken is regconised as the most trusted reno expert in Singapore with over 27+ years in operation).

#5. Focus Too Much On Kitchen Design

At Weiken, we always strictly require beauty and aesthetic elements for all of our designs. However, the great balance between a design’s appearance & functionality is much more important (especially for kitchen remodeling).

#6. Lack Of Lighting

Everyone agrees on the importance of having enough lighting in the kitchen. Additionally, for specific tasks and use purposes, you may want to have different & proper lights, such as when preparing meals, chopping vegetables, manipulating kitchen appliances (task lighting), having dinner (soft lighting), and showing off your kitchen in normal condition (LED accent lighting).

#7. Overlook The Ventilation

The ventilation system is always a significant element to focus on during the renovation process, especially for open kitchens. A good ventilation system can not only prevent food odors from getting out into the air and sticking to the walls & furniture but also remove extra heat, smoke & moisture.

#8. Wrong Placement Of Kitchen Island

The kitchen island is an amazing solution to expand your preparation area. However, if your kitchen space is quite limited (with lots of appliances installed), an improper placement of the kitchen island may bring many troubles to you. For example, if the island is too close to other units (refrigerators, stovetops, …), it will badly affect the traffic flow inside your kitchen.

(For safety, you should leave at least 4 feet of space surrounding the island – that’s to allow a proper & convenient traffic flow and permit any kitchen components’ doors to easily open when being placed opposite to the island).

#9. Not Enough Counter Space

Try asking a housewife and she will tell you how frustrating & uncomfortable to cook in a kitchen lacking counter spaces. This normally comes together with mistake #3 above, that’s when you didn’t plan for all appliances & tools placed on the countertop at the beginning of the renovation process. There are, however, some cases where you prioritize aesthetics rather than functionality, but you still need to carefully consider them before engaging with the option of narrow counter space.

#10. Wrong Kitchen Flooring Choice

Never save your money by spending on cheap & thin flooring materials (that won’t last and perhaps will cost you extra for fixing). Modern vinyl flooring (from Floor Xpert, for example, with typical features: scratch resistance & water resistance) is definitely the best choice nowadays.

#11. Use Improper Types Of Paint

There are quite many types of painting in the market, that’s why you should clearly understand what the correct type to use for different purposes. For example: the latex-based type should be used for wall painting, while gloss paint is specific for metal & vinyl surfaces.

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3 responses to “Kitchen Renovation In Singapore (#11 Mistakes To Avoid)”

  1. Praveen Kumar says:

    Informative and useful post on what mistakes to avoid during a kitchen renovation. Thanks for writing and sharing this post with us.

  2. Ms Sharon Lim says:

    I had send an email to Weiken for a quote but no respond.

  3. Praveen Kumar says:

    Informative and insightful post on home renovation. Thanks for writing and sharing this post with us.

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