Kitchen remodeling mistakes | Consumer Reports

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. Keven McCuller on January 31, 2021 at 9:03 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.

  2. Serge Art of Hair on January 31, 2021 at 9:03 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!

  3. labici on January 31, 2021 at 9:03 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!

  4. Dogsoldier 1950 on January 31, 2021 at 9:05 pm

    Having your materials on hand is excellent advice

  5. Joseph1NJ on January 31, 2021 at 9:07 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.

  6. E K on January 31, 2021 at 9:11 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.

  7. Kristen Johnson on January 31, 2021 at 9:11 pm

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

  8. mike young on January 31, 2021 at 9:12 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!

  9. Jay on January 31, 2021 at 9:12 pm

    Never trust Consumer Reports.

  10. Tabitha Ann on January 31, 2021 at 9:12 pm

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

  11. Cryptonymicus on January 31, 2021 at 9:12 pm

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

  12. lcagee on January 31, 2021 at 9:13 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.

  13. Arch Y on January 31, 2021 at 9:16 pm

    They are all great ideas. Such great tips!

  14. Mar Mar on January 31, 2021 at 9:16 pm

    0:21 that’s where I fucked up😂

  15. lemoncrinckles on January 31, 2021 at 9:17 pm

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

  16. Matthew Sousa on January 31, 2021 at 9:17 pm

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

  17. Phil Rabe on January 31, 2021 at 9:17 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.

  18. Daisy Summer on January 31, 2021 at 9:21 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.

  19. David W on January 31, 2021 at 9:21 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.

  20. Jim Haldeman on January 31, 2021 at 9:21 pm

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

  21. Chloe Chan on January 31, 2021 at 9:22 pm

    Nice ideas, thanks for sharing. I will be looking forward to your next video until then please take care and God bless!

  22. Angel Bulldog on January 31, 2021 at 9:26 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

  23. David W on January 31, 2021 at 9:27 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.

  24. yellowbird500 on January 31, 2021 at 9:27 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.

  25. Brad the Pitts on January 31, 2021 at 9:28 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.

  26. 0nesh0t0311 on January 31, 2021 at 9:32 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.

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  28. northerniltree on January 31, 2021 at 9:33 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.

  29. osgeld on January 31, 2021 at 9:34 pm

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

  30. 1982field on January 31, 2021 at 9:35 pm

    Ha women

  31. Laraine Anne Barker on January 31, 2021 at 9:36 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!

  32. Eddie Adventure on January 31, 2021 at 9:38 pm

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

  33. jimprjayp on January 31, 2021 at 9:39 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.

  34. Laraine Anne Barker on January 31, 2021 at 9:39 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.

  35. Aces n’ Eights Coldz on January 31, 2021 at 9:41 pm

    Some other good advice when hiring a licensed contractor; ask for a time frame and have them stick to it! Most contractors work multiple projects, and usually end up costing you valuable time.

  36. Lucky Goose on January 31, 2021 at 9:41 pm

    Forgot to mention. Down let Beatle Juice ( Beet ) do your kitchen renovation.

  37. BeachsideHank on January 31, 2021 at 9:41 pm

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

  38. Dan on January 31, 2021 at 9:43 pm

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

  39. Suzanne Baruch on January 31, 2021 at 9:44 pm

    2:52 "Survey Reserch" 😂

  40. Becky B on January 31, 2021 at 9:44 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"

  41. mxferro on January 31, 2021 at 9:45 pm

    Hand jesters….getting scary

  42. Peter Harper on January 31, 2021 at 9:45 pm

    Great Video! Thanks!

  43. A. Suarez on January 31, 2021 at 9:49 pm

    Do not pay before you inspect EVERYTHING because you will NEVER get them back to repair

  44. Tax Payer on January 31, 2021 at 9:50 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.

  45. itsnotatoober on January 31, 2021 at 9:50 pm

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

  46. itsnotatoober on January 31, 2021 at 9:54 pm

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

  47. simonisable on January 31, 2021 at 9:55 pm

    How can you generalise about size of a centre island. What if your kitchen is massive? It’s proportional surely.

  48. BigSounds on January 31, 2021 at 9:58 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 ?

  49. Sam Wickerboots on January 31, 2021 at 10:01 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.

  50. Ruby Wingo on January 31, 2021 at 10:01 pm

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