Kitchen remodeling mistakes | Consumer Reports

What’s the secret to a successful kitchen remodel? Consumer Reports asked contractors and homeowners who have renovated. Good planning is one key to avoiding common design goofs like these.For additional reviews, tips, and recommendations check us out at and Subscribe to our YouTube Channel:

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  1. 32Fossil on July 9, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    Biggest mistake CR made is spelling "Research" wrong in Mark’s job title at 2:50. That should make the inside back cover on CR this month.

  2. Phil Rabe on July 9, 2020 at 5:40 pm

    Good lighting in a work space is a SAFETY issue not just convenience or esthetics. So you can See how you are mishandling the knives.

  3. northerniltree on July 9, 2020 at 5:41 pm

    It is important to have two refrigerators in the kitchen. One for the beer, and all the fish I will or did catch, and one for "her" stuff.

  4. Angel Bulldog on July 9, 2020 at 5:41 pm

    For us right-handed people, we need the dishwasher to the left of the sink. It’s so frequently on the right side and is inconvenient. I’m not a CKD but I’ve been cooking for about 60 years, so I have good "kitchen logic". This is my comfort zone. I could spend all day in a well-designed kitchen

  5. lemoncrinckles on July 9, 2020 at 5:42 pm

    And never install a microwave over the oven. Makes for tight quarters when canning or attempting to handle stock pots.

  6. Cryptonymicus on July 9, 2020 at 5:43 pm

    Mistake #1: Deciding to "remodel" the kitchen.

  7. itsnotatoober on July 9, 2020 at 5:45 pm

    Video done. Bob hangs up his fake tv arms, puts on his coat with his real arms and goes home.

  8. Keven McCuller on July 9, 2020 at 5:45 pm

    Do it yourself. Everything you need is at Home Depot and in books and on YouTube. You will save thousands, learn a ton, and feel a real sense of accomplishment.

  9. Brad the Pitts on July 9, 2020 at 5:46 pm

    Mistake – quality of light – mismatched color temperatures and light sources with poor color rendering index (CRI.) Read up on these specifications, this is especially important with LED and fluorescent light sources.

  10. BeachsideHank on July 9, 2020 at 5:46 pm

    If you think appliance garages are a must have, you’ve been talking to a hardware store employee.

  11. David W on July 9, 2020 at 5:47 pm

    Tip #1 – put off the kitchen remodel until you can actually afford it. Taking out a loan is not "you can afford it". You can afford it means you can write a check for it when it’s done without taking money from someone else.

    Tip #2 – if someone tells you that it’s reasonable to throw away a kitchen every 20 years, tell them that you’d like them to install something good enough that you won’t have to throw it away in 20 years. I’ve heard far too many people suggest that a $60K kitchen remodel (or money equivalent in the future) every 20 years is reasonable in a $275K house. It’s sheer stupidity. Who are you impressing? Certainly not your heirs.

  12. Mar Mar on July 9, 2020 at 5:48 pm

    0:21 that’s where I fucked up😂

  13. osgeld on July 9, 2020 at 5:49 pm

    that dumbshit kitchen is bigger than my kitchen and living room combined and has what 4 pots in a steamer chest sized drawer ??

  14. lcagee on July 9, 2020 at 5:49 pm

    I tried to put an island in my kitchen but it was too big. And the water surrounding the island flooded everything. So I brought it back to the lake.

  15. Philadelphia Collins and Sons on July 9, 2020 at 5:50 pm

    My friend was getting rid of all his old aluminum wiring so he gave it to me for free and I just rewired my kitchen with it. Everything works great now and I’m happy with the new locations of light switches!

  16. Laraine Anne Barker on July 9, 2020 at 5:52 pm

    My kitchen is very plain (fancy doors are expensive and also tend to gather dust) but the only mistake I made when I designed it was in the choice of door handles. I like the nice long length of the handles I have but I don’t like their sharp edges (I bash my hands on them when cleaning if I’m not extra careful) and would now choose D-shape handles.

  17. Kristen Johnson on July 9, 2020 at 5:52 pm

    Did they really spell research wrong? Mark Kotkin Director of Reserch

  18. Jay on July 9, 2020 at 5:53 pm

    Never trust Consumer Reports.

  19. Joseph1NJ on July 9, 2020 at 5:53 pm

    We’re glad we didn’t put anything, no sink, no burners, in the island. We also listened to Chris Kimball, he has a lot of valuable advise and experience.

  20. Sam Wickerboots on July 9, 2020 at 5:54 pm

    DIY tip: Pre-built pantries often need disassembled or altered to be installed… at least that’s what I found. Baseboard can hide the 2×4 base that was needed after shortening a pantry.

  21. kosmosleha on July 9, 2020 at 5:55 pm

    Guy at the store said, "you should really use a contractor." Wow, those stofe employees know nothing about anything and thats the best advice they can provide.

  22. slydog4949 on July 9, 2020 at 5:56 pm

    Hardware stores with pro’s are rare…

  23. Tabi Roo on July 9, 2020 at 5:56 pm

    Just hire some Mexicans, they we’re all thinkin it. I can say it. 😂

  24. jimprjayp on July 9, 2020 at 5:58 pm

    If I had hired high end contractors and they didn’t bother telling me something was wrong with the plan i.e. cabinets bumping, walkthrough spaces not wide enough, missing standard appliance, etc., I would charge the job back to them per detail they didn’t bother to highlight my design error while laughing behind my back or thinking I would pay them the rest of the money when I could have done the job myself but PAID for "professional" advice that never happened.
    Caveat: Unless I chose to completely rework the space or a major part of it after the work was complete Or… I argued with their tips to do it differently.
    As for your own issues with design, if you’re too ignorant to measure twice and cut once, then you deserve the hands on crap kitchen you get.

  25. E K on July 9, 2020 at 6:01 pm

    I wish I would have known more before getting started about how to waterproof the floor below the sink and the wall behind it. In addition, I had no knowledge regarding moisture condensation in the space behind the sink wall or how do deal with it.

    The design lesson that worked for me was to leave the space above the sink countertop with no cabinets. Instead I used deep, tall cabinets on a separate wall for storage. This left me with lots of surface work area and a compact easy to reach storing space.

  26. mike young on July 9, 2020 at 6:02 pm

    Kitchen renos are the biggest ripoff in the construction business. Spending 30k on new cabinets/countertop and sink is crazy. Its the highest profit margin reno for contractors. They are GOUGING you. Hell a new kitchen should not cost as much as a new car!

  27. BigSounds on July 9, 2020 at 6:03 pm

    David You are so right, I hate doing it but the house we just purchased had a bad layout in the kitchen. Outdoor 1960s home so we need to upgrade but how much would just cabinets and counter top cost ?

  28. Dan on July 9, 2020 at 6:03 pm

    Everyone wants 3 things,a good job,done fast and can only get 2 out of 3

  29. Dogsoldier 1950 on July 9, 2020 at 6:03 pm

    Having your materials on hand is excellent advice

  30. itsnotatoober on July 9, 2020 at 6:07 pm

    I think this guy doesn’t have control over his arms.

  31. Peter Harper on July 9, 2020 at 6:07 pm

    Great Video! Thanks!

  32. n1n1nanou on July 9, 2020 at 6:07 pm

    Hearst changed his mind all the time when he built his castle. The result speaks for itself

  33. Daisy Summer on July 9, 2020 at 6:08 pm

    I wish there is a window by the stove. I don’t understand why they put the sink by the window. The window makes sense for stinky food and smoke.

  34. William Sousa on July 9, 2020 at 6:08 pm

    Cutting that pepper up with the seeds still intact. Gordon Ramsey is crying somewhere.

  35. Ruby Wingo on July 9, 2020 at 6:09 pm

    Lesson I learned, don’t hire friends, friend of a friend or make friends with the contractor or the workmen!

  36. Eddie Adventure on July 9, 2020 at 6:10 pm

    Go in a hardware store to get advice???? My sides are hurting from all the laughter!!

  37. 1982field on July 9, 2020 at 6:14 pm

    Ha women

  38. Mr Wrestling on July 9, 2020 at 6:15 pm

    Advice, many people over charge in this business. Don’t get ripped off.

  39. David W on July 9, 2020 at 6:15 pm

    Every time someone changes their mind, it’s apparently a $1500 flat fee.

    Want to go from roper fridge to thermadoor? $1500.

    Change the microwave from black to stainless? $1500.

    Move the garbage disposal to the other side of the sink $1500

    Bump the wall out on the house another ten feet? $1500.

    very nice.

  40. yellowbird500 on July 9, 2020 at 6:21 pm

    My garbage bins are located under the counter where I do my prep work. Huge mistake. I’d put them under sink that is next to prep area.

  41. Tax Payer on July 9, 2020 at 6:26 pm

    The are measurements for common and measurements for what is code on the internet. There is planner designs and placement on the internet. It’s not that hard to plan it out before any money is spent.

  42. Cosimo Kramarawicz on July 9, 2020 at 6:27 pm

    Home owners are idiots. Build an impressive kitchen to amaze your friends and then never cook.

  43. Becky B on July 9, 2020 at 6:29 pm

    Gross – a drawer for garbage is disgusting. Those drawers end up stinking to high heaven. You can tuck the can under the counter, maybe under the sink but I would never waste an entire cabinet on GARBAGE. Recycle, compost and don’t buy garbage generating stuff and you won’t need that stinky "improvement"

  44. Serge Art of Hair on July 9, 2020 at 6:31 pm

    The best way to do is how Saddlerock Investments LLC Rory Shannon Does it! LOL
    They use a Jose Mesa, right out of Mexico with no skills or education of any kind as he confirmed so, but cheap! " I learn on the job!" As he stated. In reference to my house that I bought from this investor, the kitchen granite counter is placed so high that it cuts through the kitchen window, so no open and close privileges, not only but they had to remove the window screen, since it no longer fits the window! What the irony of it is that the kitchen was absolutely perfect prior to Jose Mesa getting to it!

  45. candlemousephone on July 9, 2020 at 6:33 pm

    Kitchen cabinets are cheap, if you build them yourself. Save $$$$ by building the cabinets yourself. It is not hard. 3/4 birch plywood, a straight edge, circular saw, a router with a 23/32 straight cut bit, and lots of clamps. A 4×8 foot sheet of birch plywood at HD around $50.

  46. labici on July 9, 2020 at 6:34 pm

    Do NOT get a La Cornu range! It’s in this footage and those ranges are expensive and absolute crap. Great eye candy. They don’t work reliably!

  47. Suzanne Baruch on July 9, 2020 at 6:34 pm

    2:52 "Survey Reserch" 😂

  48. 0nesh0t0311 on July 9, 2020 at 6:35 pm

    Welp… there goes that. My fiancé’s family are our landlords & they put our stove/oven in the middle of our kitchen with no ventilation & or hood…. the so called kitchen island is immediately next to our couch. They swear that range hoods do not work & are eye sores.

  49. Laraine Anne Barker on July 9, 2020 at 6:36 pm

    Another mistake people often make is not putting drawers (instead of cupboards) wherever they will fit. Squatting down to rummage through a cupboard is not my idea of fun!

  50. mxferro on July 9, 2020 at 6:37 pm

    Hand jesters….getting scary

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