Your home’s kitchen is the most hard-working room in the house. It’s the heart of the home, where memorable meals are created, where kids do their homework after school while they’re having a snack, and where romantic dinners come together. Unless you’re involved in the building of the home, you know there are things about the existing kitchen that drive you nuts. The refrigerator opens the wrong way, your pots and pans are a jumble in a lower cabinet, you can’t reach the upper cabinets, and there’s no room to store your food.Your long-range plan is to renovate the entire kitchen, and you’ve set aside money to accomplish this major redo. It’s a good decision, since an updated kitchen typically returns 80 to 100 percent on your investment when it’s time to sell. But where do you start when you want to design a kitchen?
Steps to Your New Kitchen
- Start by browsing magazines that show kitchen makeovers and begin to compile a list of those things you want to include in your new space.
- Create a budget
- Decide on the look you want for the new kitchen. Keep in mind your new space should blend with the other rooms, whether it’s traditional, modern, or transitional. Begin researching different cabinet styles and countertop materials.
- Hire a professional to turn your ideas into reality. You should talk to at least three companies and understand what services they will offer before you agree to work with them. They should be able to handle every aspect of the redesign, including new plumbing, electrical, and assist with design choices.
- The chosen company should measure the space, create a preliminary blueprint, listen to your desires, and pull together a design that works and is within your budget. Even if you’ve drawn up your own design, review it with a professional to make sure everything is going to work, that the placement of your appliances is correct, that the work triangle exists, and that there is an adequate number of electrical outlets and lighting.
- Narrow your choices of pre-assembled cabinets, countertop materials, fixtures, appliances, drawer pulls, backsplash materials, and lighting.
- Revise your budget and sign a contract with the professional. Expect your kitchen to be out of use, for the most part, for three to six weeks.
These are the steps you need to take when you decide to design a kitchen.