Planning Your Kitchen Remodel – Part 1

Start by making a notebook for your project.  You can use an actual physical notebook or  you could do one digitally.  Get pocket dividers for the notebook and name them the numbered bold face selections below:

1. Project Information

  • Why are you undergoing this remodel? What are your goals?
  • What do you like about the current space?
  • What do you dislike about the space?
  • How long do you plan to live in the home? (If you’re thinking of selling your home in 5 years, then your goals will probably be different than if you’re planning to pass the house down to your son or daughter.)
  • Do you have specific design requirements? Examples include green/sustainable design, ADA compliant, Aging in Place, Universal Design, etc.

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2. Function

  • Is the kitchen only used for cooking?
  • Are there 2 or more cooks in the home working simultaneously some of the time?
  • How do you cook?  Do you often cook pasta, bake pastries, barbecue outdoors, roast meat, cook fresh veggies, etc.?
  • Would you like it to include an eating area and/or entertaining areas?

3. Tasks and Activities

  • Make a list of tasks and activities that occur on a regular basis, occasional basis and rare occasions. How often do you cook? How often do you bake? How often do you need to cut up veggies?

   Regularly:                         Occasionally:                             Rarely:



  • Entertaining: what kind and how often?
  • What major and countertop appliances do you use on a regular basis?  
  • Add inspirations & ideas to your Wish List.


4. Search the internet for ideas

Now that you have a clear picture of what you need, look for kitchen photos on there are over a million photos available from design and architectural firms all over the country.  have pictures as well.  Collect these ideas in your notebook to share with your spouse/significant other, family, designer, architect, contractor, builder, etc.


Depending on size, style and product types, full kitchen remodels roughly start at $25,000 and can easily run into six digits.  We will deal with budget in the upcoming entry in the series on Sun., March 1.  You will then have some idea of costs, and we'll try to be as specific as we can be so you can complete a written budget for your project.


For now, it’s a good idea to figure out how much your appliances are going to cost: do you want Miele, Wolf and/or Sub Zero (which are high end appliances) or are you going for Frigidaire, LG or Samsung?  Lower end appliances are expected to last about 10 years, while higher ones will probably last twice that.  Do you want an induction cooktop, a convection or steam oven?  All these are considerations will affect your choices.

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In general

Don’t think you can decide upon a kitchen plan in 3 easy steps.  It’s really far more complicated than that.  Look closely at your (and your family/household) use of the kitchen.  Note traffic patterns.  How accessible are the important features in your kitchen to everyone who uses them?

In conclusion

There are a lot of space savers and conveniences you can have installed, but where do you go for that?  Kitchens get a work out every day, even if you’re grabbing your coffee and muffin while you pull something from the freezer for tonight’s meal. Kitchens are complicated- no doubt about it: electrical, venting, plumbing, appliances, cabinets, flooring, countertops… the list goes on and on.  If you need help to keep your remodel project on time and on budget, give us a call or send us a text or email.  Contact us through this website.  If you have a question or would like to share pictures of your dilemma, we always make time for our readers.