A kitchen renovation can be an exciting update to your home. There are a lot of things in your remodel to take into consideration before you start construction and this list is just the beginning. Going through this list with your design/builder will help you get the kitchen that works best for your family and your lifestyle. In the end, it is not only a pretty kitchen that you want. You also need functionality.
1) Space – Take a look at the square footage of the room. If you love the layout and size of your kitchen you can update the finishes for a fresh up-to-date look. If not, alternative designs which may include moving appliances, cabinets, etc. to give the existing square footage a different layout may give the kitchen the much-needed functionality boost. If the space is not up to par with your needs, stealing space from an adjoining room may be the answer. If that isn’t an option, a new addition would allow for a bigger kitchen and almost endless possibilities.
2) Functionality – It is important to understand why you are renovating your kitchen and how you intend to use the space. Among other things, it is good to think about how often you cook, the methods in which you cook and if your kitchen will also double as an entertaining space. Starting with the why, how and what will help you and your designer create a kitchen that works for you.
3) Lighting – Good lighting is key in a kitchen. Undercabinet lighting is wonderful for lighting up your workspace. Overhead lighting is essential to keeping your kitchen bright. Lighting can also be a focal point in the room as general overhead lighting, over an island or to highlight another design feature in the room.
4) Storage – Storage in the kitchen is a must. Whether you cook a lot or a little you will need cabinets, shelving and drawers to hold all your essentials. Think about how you want to store those items and where. Pots and pans are easier to access if they are right by the range. A garbage can might be handy in a cabinet by the sink. A place to put your pantry items in a an easy to grab location is also helpful. Walk through your cooking style with a designer to have organized and efficient storage options. Working out these storage solutions before your remodel will get your kitchen items where you need them, when you need them.
5) Appliances – You should know what appliances you want before you commit to a design in the kitchen. The cabinet and countertop layout may be affected by the size or types of appliances you want. Location of the microwave, inclusion of a beverage refrigerator, size of range, size of range hood are just a few examples of items that need to be included in the cabinet design.
6) Type of Cabinetry – The style of doors/drawers and the color are just the beginning. You need to focus on what you are going to store in the drawers or on the cabinet shelves. The placement of those cabinets in the room, the size of the cabinets and how it all coordinates to your methods of cooking and entertaining. Don’t forget upgrades if those are important to you for soft close doors or custom inserts for cutlery or other cooking utensils.
7) Walkways – The kitchen tends to be a gathering spot whether you intend for it to be or not. Making sure that you have enough room for the cook to use the kitchen and for guests to walk around comfortably are important. You want to make sure that when you open the dishwasher or oven you still have room to maneuver around it.
8) Island – Islands are popular in today’s kitchen and provide extra storage, more countertop and a space to sit down for your morning coffee. Thinking about how you will use the island is important. Do you want seating at the island, should a sink be incorporated or is it a location to serve food buffet style?
9) Focal Point – What do you want guests’ eyes to be drawn to when they walk in your kitchen? Choose a focal point and design the kitchen around that. Is it the color of the cabinets, the beautiful backsplash, a dramatic countertop? The focal point should be a reflection of your family.
10) Budget – Before thinking about any of the details of your project, first sit down and determine a budget that makes sense for your family and your home. Make sure that you are comfortable making the investment in your home. Working with a Design/Builder in this situation is key to ensure that you are designing your home with your desires and budget in mind. This will lead you to a beautiful kitchen that works with your pocketbook and your lifestyle.
If you are ready to start your kitchen remodel, give us a call. We would love to help you design and build your dream kitchen.