Small Kitchen Renovation Errors to Avoid

What is your favorite part of your house? Is it your living room? Your outside deck? What about your bedroom? If you’re like the majority of people, the kitchen is the place where you spend most of your time.  You can say it’s the heart of any home, and usually is the place everyone ends up when friends and family come over.

We at Distinctive Cabinetry, are the premiere suppliers of kitchen cabinets for clients throughout the Bay Area. In fact, our Walnut Creek showroom has been in the East Bay for more than 37 years. Needless to say, we’ve seen everything when it comes to large and small kitchen designs. I’m talking about the good, the bad and the ugly!

Furthermore, we understand just how valuable space is in the Bay Area 😉 So, if you’re about to embark on a small kitchen renovation, here are some of the biggest kitchen remodeling mistakes we’ve seen that you should avoid.



1. Interior Design of the Kitchen

It always amazes us that most homeowners don’t consider the importance of a proper interior design for ease of movement and convenience in the kitchen. In the industry we call this flow. Traffic flow is integral to a successful kitchen design. Some people make renovations without paying attention to details such as where a certain kitchen appliance, tool, and equipment should be placed.

We recommend that clients think of the kitchen in terms of a triangle: the stove, sink, and refrigerator. Some homeowners don’t consider that these are the three areas where the greatest amount of activity takes place. They put the stove, sink, and refrigerator far from each other and end up without an effective working triangle. Whenever you are renovating your kitchen, you need to place all of these three things near each other, and where you can have easy access.

If you need help with a kitchen design, reach out to us. We have certified NKBA Kitchen Designers on our team to assist with all your kitchen remodel needs.


2. Narrow Aisles & Troublesome Door Swings

You probably have already experienced walking in a narrow aisle. One of the biggest kitchen renovation mistakes that some individuals make is failing to widen those narrow aisles. Not only can this be awkward and uncomfortable, but also inconvenient and troublesome, especially when doors swing open whenever there is something to do in their kitchen.


3. Kitchen Seating

You likely are not the only one in your house, so of course you need seats to accommodate every member of your family. Many homeowners commit the common kitchen renovation mistake of having inadequate seating. If an unexpected guest comes to your house, can you offer them a seat?

Once you have considered all of these things, you can easily establish a good flow and easy-to-access areas on your kitchen. Avoid making these biggest small-kitchen renovation errors, and you will have a smooth and enjoyable future in your kitchen.


It’s easy to become excited when doing a kitchen renovation, but we encourage all our clients to really think through every detail before ordering materials such as islands, countertops & kitchen cabinets. Distinctive Cabinetry is here to help when in anyway we can on your next kitchen remodel, kitchen renovation or new construction build.


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