Beginners guide to kitchen renovation

Updated: Nov 18, 2020

FIRST identify what needs to be updated

Before you can actually discuss new kitchen plans, you need to look at the existing kitchen reality. You have to look at what you have before you understand how to create your new dream kitchen.

Many renovators get this step wrong…don’t let this be you!

It is a wise person who sits down and takes stock of what they have before they change it. This applies to many things, including kitchen remodeling.

You should never start a job of any scale without verifying what is already there. Only when you understand what you have, should you compare it with what you need. Then, you can consider the room in terms of what you want.

For example, you have too little storage spaces. You want a certain model that demands more room than you have.

Ask yourself: Is there a solution?

What becomes crucial is for you to organize. You need to compile a list of what already exists. You have to see the kitchen for what it is. Remove the rose-colored glasses. You need to look at the existing kitchen from every angle. In doing so, you will see what you have to work with.

Look at the following:

Storage Space List the items you have to conceal things from sight. Consider the different types of storage space you have. Look at their location. Are they convenient? Are they accessible? Do they reflect your lifestyle? Are they sufficient? Do they suit your decor?

Counter Space or counter tops How much do you have? Where is it? Do you like the style or look? Is the surface practical?

Traffic Flow or Traffic Jam? Is your kitchen space crowded? Does the traffic flow into your work space - the kitchen triangle? Is there a gridlock at meal and/or snack times? Do you feel nothing is getting done as efficiently or effectively as it could?

Lighting What type of lighting do you have? Is it glaring or too dim? Are there sufficient light sources in the kitchen? Do they address the requirements of all the activities taking place?

Eating Area Do you eat in the kitchen? Where do you eat? Does dining in the kitchen impede any other activity?

Garbage/Recycling Bins Is there space in your kitchen for the different types of garbage? Do you need to sort? If so is there room to do so?

Cabinets What type do you have? Are there enough? Where are they located? Are they, practical and functional? Are they decorative?

You need to note any problems you see in the design, the materials, the layout and the style. You should consider all aspects and components of your existing kitchen. You should look at their functionality. Do they fulfill their purpose? Do they do so without problems? Only after you consider the practical aspects should you consider their look or style.

As you go through your kitchen, you will note what you like. Consider retaining these features. You will also see what you want to change. As you list your kitchen’s characteristics, both the positives and negatives will become obvious. It will quickly become apparent what works and what does not. Your next step is to consider the overall picture. To do so, you need to ask yourself several questions.

Looking at your kitchen’s assets, consider:

· What is the function of the kitchen?

· What do you do there besides cook?

· What is the position of the kitchen in your household?

· What is the current style of the kitchen?

· What type of cooking and other activities occur in the kitchen?

After you have the answers to these questions, you can go on to list what you want from your fantasy kitchen. This combines both your goal or goals with your desires and dreams.

This process will temper your fantasy kitchen because it will add a touch of realism, saving you time and money!

Good luck.

Shirley Campbell

Founder: SC Success

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