The average homeowner spends over 19 hours a week in their kitchen. Kitchens are no longer just the place for preparing and eating family meals, kitchens have evolved into multi-tasking environments used for paying bills, doing homework, working on hobbies, and casual family gatherings. The function of a kitchen dictates size, design, and which materials and furniture should be used.
Whether you design the kitchen yourself, work with a cabinet distributor or home center, or go to a kitchen designer, formulating a plan is the first step. Questions to answer before remodeling your Kitchen:
1. What is my primary objective?
Do I want a new look, more storage, better ergonomics, more counter space, upgrade for resale, etc.?
2. What do I like about my present kitchen?
You may want to keep certain features in your new kitchen – don’t give up what works!
3. What features of my present kitchen do I most want to change?
You never warmed up to your current cabinet style, countertops, appliances, floor, or lighting? Let’s talk about changing it.
4. What is my budget for this project?
You need to “qualify” yourself and what you can reasonably expect to afford. Kitchen remodeling is one of the best investments you can make in your home. It is possible to get close to 100% return on your kitchen remodeling investment.
5. What are the most important functions of my kitchen?
Functions like cooking and family dining are obvious…but what about kids doing homework, home bookkeeping, entertaining, or watching TV?
6. When do I want to have my remodeling project completed?
Timing your project to fit your family’s schedule can minimize a lot of stress. Is there a space you can designate as a temporary kitchen? What would that require?
7. What kinds of things will I need to make room for in my new design?
You might include a toaster, food processor, blender, coffee maker, everyday dishes, china, bulk groceries, cookbooks, trays, etc.
8. What other special accommodations might I want in the new kitchen?
Things such as a desk/computer/printer space, eating bar, washer/dryer, baking center, hobby or craft area, etc.
9. Will I need to upgrade existing electrical or plumbing?
Do you want to change the layout of your sink, worktop or oven?
Answering these questions are an important first step in remodeling your kitchen. The more detailed you can be with your answers, the easier it will be to develop a design that will make you happy and increase your home’s value.