Thursday, September 17, 2015

Kitchen Renovation-The Plan

This post is the third in a series detailing my experience with my kitchen renovation.  Previously I wrote about accepting that a renovation was needed and the five questions I needed to answer before starting the project.  Once I had some clarity about what I wanted my new kitchen to look like, and I had established an overall target budget for the project, I needed to determine how to go from the "idea" to an actually finished kitchen. That meant I needed a "PLAN".

The first element of my plan was a drawing of the layout I wanted for my kitchen.  This was easy for me because I didn't want to change very much about my existing layout.  I had lived with and loved my existing kitchen layout for many years.  That may be a reason I resisted a kitchen renovation for so long.  The existing kitchen was working pretty well as it was.

My Kitchen Layout
You can be fancier than I when drawing your plan, but all I needed was a measuring tape, a piece of graph paper and a pencil.  My plan is not drawn to scale, but I did try to keep the sizing relative.  I also included accurate measurements for all of the spaces.  I anticipated using this drawing when speaking with prospective kitchen designers and other trade professionals and I knew they would want specific measurements.

I thought long and hard about the existing placement of all the cabinets.  Did I want to replace any of them with a different function?  Would I replace stationary shelves with pullout shelves or drawers?

The Existing Cabinets Above the Cooktop

One thing I knew for sure was that the existing row of cabinets above the cooktop, that separated the kitchen from the family room, would be removed. I was concerned about losing storage space so I needed to be sure the storage space that would be lost by removing those cabinets would be found somewhere else in the plan.

Counter Clutter
 I also knew I wanted to eliminate as much of the counter clutter as was possible.

Make a List
Once the current layout drawing was completed I sat down and made a list of all the things I wanted to change:
  • New cabinets and new hardware
  • Remove cabinets over cook-top
  • Eliminate soffit, upper cabinets to reach ceiling
  • Replace kitchen windows
  • Replace kitchen door
  • Install beverage center in nook, wire for electricity
  • Extend island 24", move microwave to island, install electric outlets
  • Replace sink and faucet
  • Switch placement of refrigerator and double ovens
  • New dishwasher and cooktop
  • Granite counters
  • Install a bar on cook-top counter, new electric outlets
  • New tile floors
  • Install lights above cook-top
  • Replace light above sink
  • New light fixture above kitchen table
  • Remove baseboard heater along wall.  Install kick heated under sink cabinet.
This became my project task list with each item requiring a budget.  For the budget I started a spreadsheet, listing each task and assigning each a target budget.

Once this was done I felt ready to begin talking to kitchen designers and installers.  Those discussions would take me to the next step, getting inspiration.

That will be my next update in this series on my kitchen renovation, Getting Inspiration.

Read other posts in my kitchen series:
Time for a Kitchen Renovation
Five Questions to Answer When Planning a Kitchen Renovation

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