Kitchen Remodeling Mistakes to Avoid in Portland

Ever wondered why your Portland kitchen remodel ended up looking like a scene from a B-grade horror movie? Maybe you’ve found yourself staring at your newly installed cabinets, only to realize they’re about as level as the slopes of Mount Hood. Or you’ve discovered that your “spacious” new kitchen layout isn’t quite big enough for you and your family.

Before you take a sledgehammer to your culinary disaster zone, take a deep breath. We’re here to help you avoid the most horrifying kitchen remodeling mistakes, Portland style.

Not Planning for Portland's Quirky Weather

We all know that Portland weather can be…well, let’s say “unpredictable”. So why would you choose materials that can’t stand up to a little rain, or a lot? Hint: Don’t. Opt for durable materials that can handle anything. Also, consider the weather when scheduling your installation. Materials being cut or stored outside could be damaged or ruined.

Forgetting About the Pacific Northwest Aesthetic

Sure, a sleek, modern kitchen sounds cool. But will it really fit in with your charming, craftsman-style Portland home? Remember to consider the overall aesthetic of your home when planning your remodel. If you don’t, you might end up with a kitchen that sticks out like a nude sunbather at Cannon Beach. 

Underestimating the Power of Storage

You can never have enough storage space, especially if you’re a Portland foodie who loves to cook and/or entertain. Don’t find yourself having to store your fresh roasted coffee beans next to your hiking boots because you underestimated your kitchen storage needs.

Ignoring the Workflow

The classic “work triangle” between the sink, fridge, and stove isn’t just an old wives’ tale. It’s a time-tested kitchen layout principle. If you ignore it, you might end up feeling like you ran a Marathon every time you cook dinner.

Not Budgeting for a Rainy Day

This is Portland, after all. There’s always a chance of rain, metaphorically speaking. Be sure to set aside some extra funds for unexpected expenses. That way, if your remodel runs into problems, you won’t have to start selling off your collection of vintage vinyl records to cover the costs.

Not choosing the Right Contractor

In a city that prides itself on “Keeping it Weird”, don’t let your contractor be the weird one. Choose a reliable, experienced contractor who understands your vision, even if it’s as unique as a doughnut from Voodoo Doughnut.

In Summary

Remember, a kitchen remodel doesn’t have to be a terrifying experience. By avoiding these common mistakes, you can create a kitchen that’s as beautiful, functional, and uniquely Portland as the city itself. Happy remodeling!

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