5 Trends To Avoid for Your Next Kitchen Remodeling Project

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One of the most expensive rooms in your home to remodel is your kitchen, so if you’re headed in this direction, don’t you want to be sure that whatever you select will stand the test of time? We’re definitely not mind readers, but there are certain trends that we recommend you steer clear of when you’re looking to remodel. Also, it’s always a good idea to have a solid idea of your goals for your kitchen update — are you making changes for yourself, or are you getting ready to sell? PHW Homes can support all of your custom home design needs, starting with getting rid of outdated kitchen trends. 

1. Appliance Garages

While the trend towards a clean and clear look in your home hasn’t changed, one of the ways that people implemented those kitchen trends has certainly shifted over the last 20 years! Appliance garages were used to keep appliances behind closed doors in an attempt to present a unified look around your kitchen. Unfortunately, all they really did was end up warping cabinets with the heat and steam and eating up a ton of valuable counter space! Considering the average size of a new Vancouver home, you don’t want to give up any of your counter space or cabinets to this outdated trend.

2. Kitchen Niches

Modern families spend a great deal of time in the kitchen, so it could be appealing to consider adding a computer space or somewhere to pay bills right in the middle of the action. Resist that feeling! Not only will your kitchen niche become a cluttered mess as homework, papers to sign and bills are dropped willy-nilly, but you’ll never find the peace and quiet that you need to actually get something accomplished. Many families look now to a separate small office space or a quiet corner in the living room where your family is probably all hanging out playing on their electronics anyway!

Minimize your microwave's footprint by building it directly under your cabinets or into a line of cabinets. Getting it off the counter gives you more space overall in your kitchen.

3. 4-Inch Backsplash

If you’re an avid baker or cook, you’ll quickly know the reason for the end of this trend! Shorter backsplashes allow for too much wall between the end of the backsplash and the bottom of the cabinet, leaving you with a messy space full of hardened food that is frustrating to get to and difficult to clean.

4. Trash Compactors

Who wants to store smelly mounds of garbage right in the kitchen? Few people, and that’s why trash compactors — so popular in the 1980s and ’90s — are now a thing of the past. These often-malfunctioning appliances simply don’t appeal to modern families, so give them a pass when you’re looking at kitchen trends for your remodel.

5. On-the-Counter Microwaves

While microwave ovens may never go out of style, thanks to their speed and convenience, they are definitely a problem when they take up a big chunk of space in a smaller kitchen. Minimize their presence by building them directly under your cabinets or into a line of cabinets. Getting them off the counter gives you more area overall in your kitchen.

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Ready to put your good kitchen ideas into practice? Contact PHW Homes today and our custom home design specialists can walk you through your next remodel or custom home!

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