Getting the opportunity to plan, design and create your own kitchen is a dream come true for many homeowners. Whether you consider yourself a cooking guru or just like to gather with your family around the kitchen table, planning a new kitchen gives you the chance to create a custom space in your home. But, starting the planning process can be overwhelming.
Where do you start? How do you know what types of things to take into consideration as you plan? The process of creating a new kitchen is fun, but also takes some planning.
Set a Budget
Before you start sketching that dream kitchen, set a budget. Decide how much you want to spend on the remodel, or give yourself a price range to work with. Then, as you make decisions about which appliances to buy, what kind of counters to install and what type of flooring to use, keep that budget in mind.
When you set a budget from the very beginning, you won’t have to make big sacrifices, giving up those appliances you love, after you have designed your kitchen, because you will have made wise financial decisions all along. You will also have a better idea of where you want to spend your money and where you want to hold back a little.
Decide What to do on Your Own
Another thing to keep in mind as you plan your kitchen is that you may want to hire a professional for some jobs and do other projects on your own. You will need to think about what kinds of tasks you feel comfortable doing and are willing to learn to execute and which ones are better left to a professional.
You can save money by taking on some projects yourself. With the right tools and equipment you can do things like saw and install custom counters, tile your own back splashes, lay flooring, add lighting and install appliances.
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Write Down what Your Current Kitchen Lacks
Now, make a list of the things your current kitchen lacks, or the things you don’t like about your kitchen. This list can help you understand what you want to avoid while planning your kitchen.
For example, if you don’t like the way the cabinets are arranged, or don’t feel that you have enough counter space, you know that you need to avoid making those mistakes while planning your new kitchen.
Consider How You Want to Use the Kitchen
Everyone uses their kitchen differently. Some people spend a lot of time cooking elaborate meals while others use it as more of a gathering space for family meals. Some people love to entertain and invite their guests into the kitchen as they prepare meals and then to sit down to a table in the kitchen to enjoy the homemade food.
Consider how you want to use your kitchen. The way you use your kitchen will help you understand what you want your new kitchen to look like and what kinds of features it should have.
Determine Your Wants and Needs
As you reflect on what you don’t like about your current kitchen and how you want to use your new kitchen, you can determine what your wants and needs are. You will have a clear picture of how the kitchen needs to function and what it needs to include to meet your needs.
This is your chance to make your kitchen work for you and add virtually anything you want. Of course, the reality may be that you can’t have everything you want, but if you plan carefully, budget wisely, and take on some projects yourself, you can make sure your new kitchen is completely customised for your needs and family.
Analyse the Available Space
The space in your kitchen plays a big role in what you can accomplish in the room. Take careful measurements and then decide how you want to use the space. For example, do you want the majority of the kitchen to be used for a dining space? Or would you rather dedicate a large portion of the room to cooking and storage space?
Another thing to keep in mind is the shape of your kitchen and how you want to make it work for you. A kitchen that is one long, open space will have a different design and layout than a kitchen that is square or “L” shaped.
Decide How to Arrange Appliances
Are you familiar with the kitchen work triangle? This is the idea that the positions of your refrigerator, sink and stove should form a triangle shape for the most effective work flow. This arrangement makes it easier to cook in your kitchen because you can easily move between appliances as you prepare meals and work in the kitchen.
Plan for Counter and Cabinet Space
As you plan your new kitchen, decide how you want to arrange the counter space. Many kitchens have counter space along one or more wall, and some make room for extra counter space with an island.
Experts suggest that you add at least 24 inches of counter space to the right of the oven and sink and 18 inches to the left of these appliances. The amount of counter space you add, and where you put it, will depend on how you plan to use the kitchen.
Ideally, you should make room for at least 10 linear feet of cabinets beneath and above your counters. This will give you plenty of space to store cooking utensils, plates, glasses and small appliances.
Tie the Kitchen into Your Home
As you begin to consider the colours, patterns and style of your kitchen, try to tie it into the rest of your home. It is okay for your new kitchen to look new and updated, but the idea is to make sure the new room fits in with the rest of your home. Use colours and styles that complement the rest of your home so that there is a natural flow between the kitchen and adjoining rooms.
Look at All Your Options
As you navigate the process of planning, designing and then installing things in your new kitchen, you will have all kinds of options. From the flooring and countertop material to the colour of the cupboards and type of light fixtures in the room, you will have a lot of choices to make. Before you make decisions, look at all your options to make sure you are getting exactly what you want and making the best choices for your kitchen.
Designing and planning your new kitchen requires you to carefully consider your needs and how you will use the kitchen and then decide which projects you want to take on yourself and how you will make your dream kitchen become a reality. All of these smaller elements will eventually work together to complete your kitchen and make it a beautiful place to prepare meals, gather as a family and entertain friends.
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