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
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.
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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