Most of us begin our kitchen remodeling plans with a "What the heck is that? or "Why did the previous owners do that?" or some other incredulous statement or thought.
Kitchen remodeling plans originate from frustration and sometimes anger.
I have been through this many times, and the kitchen planning process that I am referring to is the internal planning or the conversational planning between spouses or partners. We have not yet reached the kitchen planning stage of CAD, blueprints, and designers.
If you can get these kitchen planning basics thoroughly down and out of the way, you will save yourself considerable money down the road:
Few other rooms in the house have such functional value as the kitchen. If a house is a machine for living, then a kitchen is a machine for cooking. Concentrate on the main functional areas of the kitchen first--prep areas, cooking, refrigeration, dishwashing--and work the aesthetics around that.
Service Zones You Don't Want to Tamper With
The ideal kitchen remodel is one where nothing moves. However, in the real world, kitchen remodeling involves moving the puzzle pieces around a bit. Some areas that are difficult or costly to move: vented range hood, sink, dishwasher. Electrical outlets can pose a problem, but it can be done. Electric stoves require a special outlet, too.
Zones You Can Move with Less Difficulty
Refrigerators, even water-equipped models, can be moved. Cabinetry is an easy move. Range hoods that do not vent to the outside are simple to move, too.
Not All Kitchen Cabinetry is Equal
Kitchen designers may claim that you have "X" number of cubic feet of cabinetry, but you really don't. Cabinets above eye-level, such as over fridges and stoves, are almost worthless, good only for storing that twice-a-year ice cream maker. Kitchen cabinets at eye-level over counters are a good choice. Kitchen pantry units are considered valuable storage space.
Do You Need That Kitchen Island?
Kitchen islands are the top priority of most homeowners remodeling their kitchen. Islands are also considered valuable when selling a house. But ask yourself if you really need that kitchen island or if you are giving into a trend. Homeowners have lived without kitchen islands for generations. Do you really need one?
Quality Kitchen Counters Are Worth the Cost
Your kitchen countertops are with you day in and day out, for many years to come. It is worth the extra cost to get the kitchen countertop you really want, whether it's granite or quartz...or just laminate or solid surface. Get this one right.
The Real Reason You Need a Kitchen Designer
Kitchen designers perform many great functions. But the thing of shining value that I have discovered from kitchen designers is their space planning expertise. Kitchen spaces cannot be taken lightly. Outlets need to be spaced properly. Unless custom-ordered, cabinets come in stock sizes that are often bewildering. Kitchen designers can iron out these spacing wrinkles in a way that kitchen design software cannot duplicate.