Your kitchen is one of the most important rooms in your home. From entertaining friends to family dinners, you spend a lot of time in your kitchen, so you want to ensure it is looking its best. If your kitchen is beginning to look a little tired or is affecting how your interact with your friends and family, maybe it’s time to look into planning a kitchen renovation. Just like paint it’s all in the prep to make sure you are ready for a major milestone for your home.
The first thing that you will need to do is plan the design of your dream kitchen. This can be a daunting process, so take your time and do your research to find that perfect inspiration. Places like pinterest can be a great place to start just to get some initial ideas. Things to consider when doing design: color palettes, natural lighting, artificial lighting, layout and most importantly function. You can hire an architect for this or work with a design/build company. Working with a design/build firm ensure the communication stays with one source.
Ask yourself….What is the biggest pain point of this kitchen? Start with the biggest 3 essential must haves and then put the wants second. That way, when your kitchen is complete you are now happy with the overall function and then the aesthetic follows.
Appliances of course are a big factor. Are you planning on entertaining? Does it make sense to have a double stove in your design? Are you tired of reaching overhead to pull a hot plate out of the microwave? Maybe a draw island microwave makes more sense?
How often do you cook? Does that center wall need to be removed so that you can be present with your family as your preparing them their favorite meal?
- Prep for construction
Transforming your kitchen can be highly disruptive. The average kitchen remodel can take up to 12 weeks. Making sure you aren’t pulling your hair out due to lack of preparation is ESSENTIAL. Set up a workstation that will be a makeshift kitchen during construction. Grilling, griddles, countertop ovens, boiler plate for water can be some essentials to making sure your family still has some needed home cooked meals.