10 Tips for designing a kitchen will help you create the kitchen of your dreams and avoid common mistakes while remodeling or building! I’ll answer questions I’ve been asked countless times about designing a kitchen, no matter the budget. Everything from appliances, to outlets and even how to decide if marble countertops are right for you are covered in this post!
Heart of the home
The kitchen is the heart of every home. Everything happens in the kitchen: talking, listening, celebrating, laughing, crying, memory making and of course, cooking! The kitchen is also the most expensive and challenging room to build or remodel. A kitchen that works for your family requires more than simply selecting beautiful finishes, it needs to be functional and inviting too. With so many factors contributing to designing a kitchen, I’ve compiled basic guidelines to help you tackle key elements of designing a kitchen your family will love.
Been there, done that
When you’re ready to take the plunge into remodeling or even building a kitchen from the ground up, it’s difficult to know where to start. We have successfully (ha, I can say that now!) survived several home remodeling projects that vary from do-it-yourself to hiring a professional. Our budget has ranged from a few hundred dollars to thousands of dollars. 10 Tips for designing a kitchen will give you a starting point for many of your questions about a kitchen remodel! I’ve tried to answer questions I have received time and time again through the years…questions that have come by email, comments on a post, texts or phone calls regarding how to design a kitchen. ABK is read by people all over the country, so I don’t mention any local builders or subs in this post (except for my designer). My advice on picking a reliable source for everything from a builder to a cabinetmaker, is to simply talk with friends who have recently remodeled or built. They will give you valuable recommendations! I’ve sorted this post with titles that will (hopefully) make it easy for you to locate information!
Some of the advice on this post is given from a design standpoint, but most is from a practical viewpoint. I’m all about function first in a kitchen setting. I cook a lot, so my kitchen was designed with cooking, living and entertaining in mind. Almost everything in our kitchen has a function and purpose.
Counter surfaces and why marble may, or may not be right for you…
From an overall design standpoint, the countertops and cabinets are (day in and day out), two of the most expensive and visible decisions made when planning the kitchen design. I suggest collecting several samples of countertops and cabinets to take home and view in the kitchen space if possible. Simply looking at a sample in a showroom (or out in a parking lot) won’t give a true reading on how the surface will look in your kitchen. Countertops and cabinets are (most likely) the elements of your kitchen that will stay standing for the longest period of time, until the next remodel.