If you are thinking about a kitchen remodel, you’ve probably got a lot of things on your mind. From cabinets to countertops and everything in-between, it’s an exciting process that can transform the look, feel, and functionality of your home.
With so much to think about and so many things to decide, where do you start?
Remodeling your kitchen allows you to create the space you’ve always wanted. And while the sheer number of decisions to make can seem overwhelming, never fear! We’ve compiled a guide to kitchen must-haves that will help you figure out exactly what will make your kitchen the perfect fit for your home and your lifestyle.
What’s Your Function?
Everyone needs something a little bit different from their kitchen. Some people love to entertain and want their kitchen to reflect that. Others are aspiring chefs or bakers that want an at-home culinary haven, and some just want a cozy, functional room where they can share a meal with the family.
Whatever function you want your space to serve, make sure to keep that end goal in sight when you’re planning your design. Knowing what you want out of your space will help your contractor give you the design that perfectly fits your needs.
Making Your Wish-List
First things first. Create a list of your priorities: what matters most to you and your family? Is it aesthetic? Is it functionality? Consider how you live your day-to-day life, and make a note of it when you find yourself saying things like “I wish I had x-y-z,” or, “there’s not enough space over here,” or, “this is always getting in the way.”
Write down what you want to change, or the elements you’d like to incorporate that don’t already exist in your kitchen. Knowing what you need is the first step to getting what you want.
Here are some questions to ask yourself, from changes in the kitchen’s basic structure to aesthetic choices.
- Will the fundamental size and shape of the room need to change?
- Should we add, remove, or reposition walls, windows, or doors?
- Do we want to modify the style and design of the space (i.e., switching from rustic to contemporary)?
- Will we require additional water or gas lines or electrical wiring? Will we need to move the existing ones?
- Are we going to replace the flooring?
- Should we install different methods of lighting, and if so, where?
- Do we need custom storage solutions and cabinetry?
- Do we need a workspace, like an island or a peninsula?
- Will we want new custom tiling or backsplash?
Choosing Your Selections
Once you have a good idea of the changes you’re looking to make, you can start making selections.
What materials do you want to use in your remodel? Again, this all comes down to personal preference, but this aspect may seem particularly overwhelming since there are so many options to choose from. This is why we encourage clients to plan ahead, and our design-build team is always here to help.
Allow plenty of lead time to source out your favorite tiles, countertops, and fixtures. By the time you’re ready to get down to business with your contractor, you’ll be at the starting gate with a game plan in hand.
We encourage you to be as specific as possible with what you want, but keep in mind that our designers are always a good source of inspiration if you need it!
- Appliances including the refrigerator, stove, cooktop, oven, warming drawer, microwave, dishwasher, etc.
- The sink and all the components attached to it, like the faucet, the bowl, the extendable nozzle, and the garbage disposal
- Storage like your choice of cabinetry and hardware, and any additional shelving or hutches
- Countertop and backsplash materials
- Range hood and/or venting
- Lighting types and accompanying fixtures
- Wall treatments such as wallpaper, paint, and decorative adhesives
- Windows, including frames, screens, blinds, and drapes
- Doors, including hardware
Keep a Journal
If the selection process is overwhelming, break it down into even smaller chunks. Start keeping a list of your likes and dislikes. When those thoughts of “I wish I had this,” or “I want that gone,” pop up, just jot them down. Give yourself a few weeks to let these observations and ideas accumulate. It’s much easier than trying to come up with everything all at once.