Planning is essential to ensure that your first kitchen remodel goes smoothly and you aren’t driven crazy being displaced. Whether you decide to go down the DIY route or hire a pro, you’re going to need details.
Sketch out your favourite kitchen remodel ideas with measurements to help you visualise the finished kitchen.
Listing materials and calculating costs with go a long way to keeping you within the budget. If you end up making the decision to go down the professional contractor route, these sketches will really help show them what you’re hoping to achieve.
How to Develop A Plan For Your Dream Kitchen and Your First Kitchen Remodel
More Questions Before You Start Your First Kitchen remodel:
- Do you know what you want your kitchen to be?
- What is the goal of your kitchen?
- Do you want it to be at the heart of the home?
- Or an extra productive cooks kitchen?
- Do you need more storage space?
How will you heat your kitchen? Will you have underfloor heating or a vertical radiator against your walls?
The first kitchen tip to consider is going to be, the three fundamental functions of your kitchen: organization, place to prepare food, and cleaning up said food. A thoroughly planned kitchen will suit every single one of these three capacities.
Divide and Conquer
Start with your countertops and keep your priorities in mind.
Does it need to be easy to clean?
Do you want the finish of the countertops to be shiny or matte?
Marble is beautiful, but it stains very easily, so you will definitely want to avoid that.
Move on to the cabinets.
The cabinet style you decide upon will decide on how you want the overall kitchen to look.
Flooring is next on the list.
Do you want to use vinyl? Cushioned flooring or tiles? If you don’t have underfloor heating, tiles may be a mistake as they’re almost always cold underfoot.
How much floor space do you need? Allow enough space for two adults to pass each other. I have a galley kitchen and not having the space to move past someone can be infuriating.
Will there be any changes to the structure of the kitchen?
Are you planning to move doors or walls?
A quick design tip for your first kitchen remodel!
Whether you’re taking on a kitchen remodel or you’re decorating a bookcase; try to group items (or in this case, appliances) in threes and by size. Try to make the shape of a triangle.
When it comes to your first kitchen remodel, the basic idea is that you should be able to move between the sink, the refrigerator and the oven as quickly as possible without a lot of distance between the appliances.
Take note of where all electrical outlets are, whether you have plenty or need some more.
Lastly, include the measurements of everything. Appliances, walls, doors, you name it, measure it and write it down. If you have all of this information in one place, the research and planning will be so much easier.
Now you’re ready to build a floor plan for your first kitchen remodel!
You can create plans easily enough using a free service like Planning Wiz Floor Planner, check out this video that walks you through how to use it:
With these tips and the Planning Wiz Floor Planner, you’re all good to go! Want to save your sanity during the whole process? Check out this post: