A. What bothers you most about your current kitchen?
Things not where you need them?
Worktop too high/low?
Sink too deep/small?
Low quality cupboards or appliances?
Difficult to keep clean?
Not enough work/storage space?
Spaces/things hard to reach?
B. What do you like most about your current kitchen?
How To Remodel A Kitchen 2. The Big Wish List
Dream BIG about the look & functionality of your revamped kitchen. Pretend money is no object and you can have whatever you like! (Have a look at Tammy's dream list for inspiration.)
What would really make your kitchen ...
easier to use?
more time/energy efficient?
How To Remodel A Kitchen 3. Pick Your Priorities
From your 'Big Wish List', pick the three items that would make the biggest difference in your new kitchen.
Make sure you incorporate these three into your kitchen remodel project plan before all others. If any of them are beyond your budget - is there a less expensive version you could afford? (See below for ways to recycle/reuse cupboards and for strategic kitchen planning tips.)
How To Remodel A Kitchen 4. Tailor The Kitchen To Your Needs
Installation costs for a sink can be high, so it's more budget-friendly to leave the sink in place & arrange the rest of the kitchen to fit in with that.
Ideally, your fridge, hob & sink
should not be too far apart. However, if you want the oven right next to the fridge, make sure there's excellent insulation between them.
Your dishwasher is best placed near the sink.
Keep things you use often at just-below or just-above worktop height. For example:
Keep tools near your right hand (if you're right handed)
Keep ingredients (e.g. spices) adjacent to where you'll be using them (hob/microwave), but not in direct contact with cooking vapors.
B. Money & Space Savers:
tough, easy-to-clean materials that look just as good as
their more expensive cousins,
space-saving floor plans & cupboard layouts,
hard-working, multi-tasking appliances,
off-the-shelf units that can be customized with quality doors & hardware (see Kim's kitchen for an example!)
C. Quality of Most Used Items/Areas
If you do a lot of ready-made meals, you'll want a quality microwave in
the perfect spot.
If you prepare your meals from scratch, a set of excellent knives will be
worth their weight in gold. Same goes for conveniently accessible
storage of pots, pans & casseroles.
If you bake a lot, a decent-sized countertop (perfect for
rolling out dough) also needs to be super easy to clean up.
Speaking of countertops ...
Shiny dark worktops show every little fingerprint!
Some countertop materials (e.g. marble) are susceptible to acid damage (vinegar, lemon juice) or stain easily.
Tiled counter tops can be a pain to clean, especially if the grouting is in a light color
Good lighting makes food prep more fun (this need not be expensive at all - check out Jai's elegantly lit DIY kitchen remodel!)
Basically, nothing that breaks easily is much fun in a kitchen (take it from yours truly, the most ham-fisted cook in all of London).
Focus your kitchen remodel project plan on the things that work best for you!
How To Remodel A Kitchen 5. Budget Saver A: Reuse/Recycle
Stuff you can do with cupboards if they're in good shape:
give them new doors and/or hardware
retrofit them with lighting (inside and/or underneath)
top them with a new counter
reface them (inside and/or outside):
did this in her gorgeous budget kitchen remodel;
stain them: have a look at
Kim's very successful, inexpensive kitchen makeover.
How To Remodel A Kitchen 6. Budget Saver B: Stick To Your Top Priorities
Most cabinetmakers and kitchen planners will try to max out your budget with the latest gizmos and 'must-haves'. It's good business for them.
Stick to your guns. Laser focus your kitchen remodel on things that will make a substantial
difference to your kitchen experience and that will give you the most bang for your
In other words, the best budget kitchen remodeling strategy is to ...
... splurge on stuff that matters to you and skimp on stuff that doesn't.
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