Three Steps to Creating a Kitchen Renovation Plan
This post is the third in a series detailing my experience with my kitchen renovation. Previously I wrote about accepting that a renovation is needed and the five questions to answer before starting a kitchen renovation 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".
1. Sketch Your Dream LayoutThe first step of my plan was to complete 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 had resisted a kitchen renovation for so long. The existing kitchen was working pretty well as it was.
|Kitchen Layout Sketch|
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?
|My 1980's Kitchen|
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.
|The Work Space in a 1980's Kitchen|
2. Make a ListOnce 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-inches, move microwave to the 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 cooktop
- Replace light above sink
- New light fixture above kitchen table
- Remove baseboard heater along the wall. Install kick heated under sink cabinet.
3. Interview Kitchen Designers and InstallersOnce this was done I felt ready to begin talking to kitchen designers and installers. Be sure to bring your sketch and your wish list with you to these discussions. They will show the scope of the project and help you to get a sense of approach your prospective partners will use. It will also show the professionals you are ready to get started with the renovation.
Those discussions will take you to the next step, getting inspiration, my next update in this series in planning a 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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