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How you prevent mistakes by avoiding common opinions.

Have you ever been influenced by clichés or others' opinion? It happens to everyone.
However, when it comes to the interior design of a house, it is even more important to distinguish which of these opinions are relevant.

Regardless of the number of and what items you will use, remember to place the electrical outlets in strategic locations and also in areas where they might be useful in the future.

In actuality, even if you decide now that you will not install a dishwasher or microwave, your needs and tastes may later change.

"I can always add it on later"
Doing things "later on" is not always as easy.
A typical example involves choosing the location of electrical outlets for household appliances in a future kitchen.
Regardless of the number of and what items you will use, remember to place the electrical outlets in strategic locations and also in areas where they might be useful in the future.
In actuality, even if you decide now that you will not install a dishwasher or microwave, your needs and tastes may later change.
A perfect place where you can put in additional sockets is underneath the sink, where the cabinet is backless.
The worktop area should also not be overlooked.
Moreover, a qualified technician will provide you with all the necessary advice regarding the positioning of additional sockets (the laws concerning this are quite complex).
"I don't need a designer"
Perhaps not all kitchens necessarily require the input of a designer.

However, a professional with the relevant expertise as an architect or interior designer will always be useful for a general overview of weaknesses, possible improvements and necessary changes (maybe acting as a middleman with the manufacturer).
"The kitchen? The bigger the better"
Is a big kitchen more functional? Not always.
This feature in fact could be counterproductive if not supported by good design.
The danger that presents (with long term consequences) is that you may be forced to walk kilometres every day between appliances.
Another risk is ending up with a very large kitchen that because of an exceeded budget is equipped with elements, such as appliances or worktop material of inferior quality, or one that is poorly accessorized.
It is better to choose a smaller kitchen, that still complements its environment and is built with good materials, quality appliances and fine accessories.
"It is not perfect but it will do”
The above is often said, for example, when you fall in love with a composition or a certain style using only your eyes, you choose to underestimate the fact that it is not the most suitable for your needs.

A classic example is when you desire at all costs the inclusion of an island or a peninsula even if the remaining circulation space is just enough to pass.
The problem will occur when it comes to opening the door of the oven, the dishwasher or microwave (the minimum distances for ensuring functionality between the cabinet and the island or the peninsula ranges from 90 to 120 cm).
Impulsively choosing a kitchen in a space without context like a showroom could also involve risks.
Usually the kitchen is the room that is fitted first: therefore all the rest of the furniture has to blend with its style.
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