For many families the kitchen area is the focal point, the social epicenter of the home. An open, spacious and well planned kitchen isn’t just an area for cooking meals, it’s a social area where people like to hang out, so planning a DIY kitchen remodeling project adequately is an extremely important stage in your project.
Clearly, homes come in all shapes and sizes and their occupants increase the number of permutations available, when it comes to designing, planning and installing a new kitchen. Not least of the considerations is the competency or aspiration level of those who will be cooking the meals. Are you a cook with professional chef aspirations who relies on all of the latest appliances, gadgets and cooking implements, or do you rarely step outside of the comfort zone of your microwave oven? Also, if you do a lot of home entertaining, do you really want an open-plan kitchen layout that opens up into the lounge or dining room area? Remember, you’ll be on display to your guests whilst preparing their meals, as will the dirty dishes! Sometimes it’s better to keep the cooking area separate from the social areas. These are all important factors when planning your new kitchen design.
So Kitchens can be designed and laid out in many different ways to suit many different needs, therefore be sure to undertake sufficient research before you embark on your redesign or remodeling project.
We often recommend that people visit a showcase home in their area, visit a couple local kitchen stores, and get a good idea of the various layout approaches. Talk with friends who have the experience of having gone through a kitchen remodel, and learn from their mistakes. Magazines are also a good source of inspiration, as is our free planning guide which you can download here at our website.
There’s little worse than running over budget when you’re nearing the completion of your kitchen remodeling project. This can often happen and the reasons can be varied. Generally, the most common reason relates to some error or oversight during the planning and design stages. It’s quite easy to overlook issues, particularly if you don’t have the benefit of a trained and experienced set of eyes. Working with an experienced kitchen designer can actually save you money in the long run, which is why we usually recommend this step when undertaking medium to larger projects.
The types of problems and snags we see people run into are quite varied. Often they can be as simple as measurement issues. Measuring the space and specifying the cabinet sizes can be a moderately difficult task, particularly if there are some room layout changes involved.
It’s always a good idea to plan your remodel by making a list of those tasks you can perform comfortably yourself and those which you require expert help.
If you have money in your budget for a designer but have insufficient funds to purchase everything on your wishlist, then your designer can sit down with you and help you to prioritize. You may find that with a little expert creative license, you can make your budget stretch to include all of the major things on your list.
It’s generally a good idea to budget a little extra for any remodeling or home improvement project, just to cover you for those unforeseen problems which might arise.
Planning and Design Constraints.
In some instances people will be doing a straightforward cabinet replacement. In this instance it’s a good idea to check that all of your existing cabinets are of a standard size and have not been customized in any way. If they have been customized to fit into a smaller space for example, then you may need to match the customized dimensions with your new cabinetry, which may involve you utilizing a carpenter.
Planning and design issues can be limitless when you get into larger projects, particularly those involving modification to items such as floors, ceilings, walls and services.
Small kitchen spaces are often the most difficult to remodel. Not difficult in the sense of extensive work, but more in the way they require very careful design consideration when trying to get the most from a smaller kitchen space. It’s always a good idea to start out by mapping your work flow when utilizing your existing kitchen. Make a note of how you interact with the space when cooking a meal. Are things positioned intuitively or are you having to move around too much? Can storage space be organized differently, perhaps some items can be relegated to an adjacent closet or pantry? Once you have a flow mapped out you can start to see how that flow would look if you moved things around. Before you pin anything down, talk to a kitchen planning expert and get a second opinion. There are various creative ways in which space can be utilized so try not to reinvent the wheel, kitchen planners have been through it all before. At Goodlife, we have over 30 years experience in laying out a new kitchen and completing the remodel and installation on time and within budget. So consider our expertise if you’re located in our service area. We specialize in Kraftmaid cabinets and install anywhere in the SF City area.