5 Avoidable Mistakes
1. Place the recessed light over the sink close enough to the wall so as not to create a shadow when you lean over to scrub a pot.
2. Use sanded caulk for the joint where the countertop meets the backsplash. Although joints in tile are usually sealed with a cement-type grout, that type of grout will crack anywhere there is possible movement or flexing, such as between the countertop and wall. The flexible caulk, on the other hand, will not crack.
3. Do not design cabinets which are wider than the width of the doorways and/or elevators you must pass through.
4. Plan your granite seam to be other than over the D/W, as there will be vibrations which may cause the seam to open over time.
5. Place under cabinet lights in the front of the upper cabinets as opposed to the back against the wall. The wire should be concealed in a tube running along the side of the cabinet. This will light up the working surface instead of creating a hot spot of light on the wall.