Planning a Kitchen Remodel

Remodeling a kitchen may seem like a difficult project. However, having a solid plan can help you achieve your dream kitchen. When planning a remodeling project, here are some things you should consider – size, space, function, time frame, and design.
Planning a
Kitchen Remodel

Remodeling a home is always a big task, but nothing requires more time and planning than a kitchen remodel. Kitchens are one of the hardest and most difficult remodel areas because they’re multi-functional: they’re never really just a kitchen. These days, a kitchen can also serve as a social area, dining room, family room, and even a computer workstation. When remodeling your kitchen, it’s important to keep all these functions in mind while still maintaining a sense of style.

It sounds like a big task, and it is—but it’s not that bad if you plan it right. Planning is one of those things that seem elementary and you’d rather skip, but it does help a great deal. Without a proper game plan, you go blindly into the project and just guess your way around, often making costly mistakes.

So how do you plan your kitchen remodeling project? Here are some things to keep in mind.

Size and space. You can’t decide to buy a new island or countertop without knowing whether it will fit in. Not only is it a waste of time and money, it will also take up unnecessary space elsewhere while waiting for the kitchen to be done. Before you make any decisions, size up your kitchen and have a general idea of the space you can afford. When you know how much space you’re working with, you can scale your choices accordingly and make more informed decisions. Your contractor can give you the exact dimensions of the kitchen and even help you choose your pieces.

Function. As mentioned above, kitchens are multifunctional, but their main function—preparing and storing food—should still dominate. Plan out a basic workflow area and put all the kitchen appliances in place, then add extra features as you see fit. The traditional arrangement is the work triangle, wherein the stove, sink, and refrigerator are accessible from an imaginary triangular area. Modern design, however, prefers a food preparation zone on the center island housing a large sink, cooktop, and a row of overhead storage cabinets.

Time frame. Remodeling puts you and your family at a temporary inconvenience, so get it over with as soon as possible. Besides the noise and dust, there’s also the danger of one of your children accidentally walking into dangerous areas. Of course, you’ll also have to move your kitchen duties elsewhere during the construction. Get rates and time frames from several potential contractors, and go for the one that can finish fastest for a reasonable price.

Design. Once you have the details figured out, you can go about choosing styles and colors. Traditional kitchens favor whites and pale shades (Feng Shui rules say kitchens should be painted in pastels), but modern designers are also experimenting with bolder colors. Your color scheme should fit into the general look you want for your kitchen. For a rustic country look, warm colors like red, orange and yellow work best; for a modern minimalist kitchen, go for solid blacks and whites with occasional splashes of bold color.