4 Considerations When Planning a Kitchen Renovation

  • By Joanne Dickerson
  • 04 Aug, 2016

Your kitchen is one of the most used rooms in your house-you complete your morning routine there with a cup of tea, and you bond with your family in the kitchen over baking projects. If your current kitchen doesn't suit your needs or aesthetic preferences, you may consider remodeling the room.

This project can make your kitchen more welcoming, functional and attractive. However, kitchen renovations require significant planning.

In this blog, we go through four common considerations when preparing for a renovation.

1. Common Uses of Your Kitchen

Functionality is the primary concern when making any changes to a kitchen area. Think about how you commonly use your kitchen. Do you bake frequently? Do you host dinner parties complete with elaborate meals? Do you pride yourself on your wine collection?

If you bake often, you likely have multiple bulky tools that can take up a lot of cupboard or counter space. Plan for cabinetry that can accommodate your equipment.

If you cook large meals on a regular basis, you’ll want a lot of space for moving from station to station, as well as a spacious cooktop and counters. You may also want to add special equipment such as a pot filler faucet directly above your stovetop to optimise your cooking area.

If you collect glassware or vintages, add a custom wine or stemware rack. Often, these elements can be incorporated into your standard cabinetry. For example, you may decide to hang a stemware rack on the underside of an upper cabinet.

2. Extent of Your Renovation

Look around your current kitchen and evaluate it. While many renovations involve clearing the entire room and starting from scratch, you do not have to go that far. If you think your kitchen has desirable attributes now, consider simply adding on to them.

Assess your kitchen’s current layout, square footage and colour palette. If you like certain elements, remodel around them.

3. Preferences for Cabinetry

Think about your current cabinets. What do you like about them and what do you dislike? Compile a list of characteristics to work with while renovating. For example, if you love your hidden lazy Susan shelf, consider adding other large-scale or convertible compartments.

As you evaluate your cabinetry, take notes on your hardware, material and placement. For example, you may love your oversized handles and lacquered cabinets even more if they were hung higher on your wall.

For many homeowners, the best option to get the cabinetry that best suits them is to work with a custom designer. These experts can help you decide on materials, colours, shapes and sizes and other characteristics. If possible, have your designer look at your current layout. Discuss your list of likes and dislikes so your designer has a clear picture of your priorities.

4. Style and Ambience

The way your kitchen looks can be just as important as how it functions. When you picture your dream kitchen, what feelings do you get? If you imagine a clean, open space that’s minimal, you’ll want sleek cabinets and appliances. In this scenario, you likely also want lots of bright, natural light.

But if you prefer a cosy, intimate kind of atmosphere, stick to classic elements. You may choose to use more homey-looking materials such as uncoloured wood cabinets, butcher block countertops and antiqued hardware.

 

Consider each of these elements to ensure you, your kitchen designer and your contractor have a clear, executable plan.

Ready to achieve the kitchen of your dreams? Work with Cabinetry Solutions to prepare for the changes to your home. In addition to the considerations listed above, we can look at the specifics of your home’s layout to create an effective renovation plan.

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