A kitchen remodeling job is not something that you want to dive into headfirst without an outline of the steps that must be met along the way. Planning will vary slightly from one household to the next because not everybody utilizes their kitchen for the same purpose. The planning stage needs to take into account every facet of kitchen use, including the purposes served by a kitchen that has nothing to do with cooking.
The first stage of kitchen remodeling is assessment of your current situation. Determine whether you need more counterspace or more cabinets. Try to find ways to incorporate more storage into your new design that exists in your current design. Take note of problems that can be solved with remodeling such as an oven door that can’t be opened when the refrigerator door is open.
Budgeting is the second stage after you have determined how to attack your kitchen needs with a new design. You should create a budget in advance of determining what kind of new appliances you will be adding. This will keep you from budgeting according to desire rather than reality.
The planning stage involves determining whether you want to change the layout. Kitchen layouts include the galley, L-shaped and U-shaped designs and you may wish to transform your current L-shape into a more efficient U-shaped. Visit kitchen showrooms at furniture supply stores, flip through design books and take note of what you like and how you can improve your own kitchen based on the ideas of others.
Head out to the Home Depot and the Lowe’s and the local hardware stores (hit them first because, well, they were there for you long before the Home Depot and the Lowe’s came to town) and look over the latest and greatest in appliances. Since you have already budgeted for a new stove or a refrigerator, this stage of kitchen remodeling won’t cost you an arm and leg. That is, it won’t as long as you remain true to your budget. Don’t be tempted to pay on time or put a fancy schmancy new range on the credit card. That $700 range may wind up costing you closer to one-large by the time you’ve paid it off. If you have budgeted for a $500 range, then don’t spend more unless you are prepared to undercut the price of your kitchen remodeling job somewhere else. In other words, go for the $700 range if you can get a $600 refrigerator instead of the $800 refrigerator you initially budgeted for.
Work safety measures into your kitchen remodeling plans. Think about the dangers that exist as a natural part of kitchen work. This includes cutting and heavy objects that need to be lifted up or brought down as well as the heat that is there on top of the range. Place a knife holder into the wall where little hands can’t even accidentally reach them as they could if placed into a drawer.
Lighting is often an overlooked part of the kitchen remodel. If you can’t see what you are cooking, then how do you know it’s really safe to eat? Install a pendant light that hangs down over the prep area so that you can see exactly what you are cutting, slicing and dicing.