Helpful Steps to Planning Your Kitchen: Part 1
Remodeling a kitchen may include anything from repainting the walls to redesigning the entire structure of the house. The process of planning a kitchen is basically one of determining how you use your kitchen and what features you’d like, then deciding on your priorities so you can fit as many features as possible into your budget.
Virtually anything can be done to a kitchen: kitchen-walls can be moved, plumbing can be changed and electrical service can be added. But the less you spend on major structural or mechanical work, the more money you’ll have to put into better cabinets, flooring and more stylish and functional fixtures. Here’s part 1 of some helpful steps in planning your kitchen:
Step 1: Consider how you use your kitchen
- How many people are in your household who use the kitchen?
- Do two or more cooks typically work at the same time?
- Do you entertain frequently?
- What other activities commonly occur in the kitchen?
Step 2: Think about the features you want
- Do you need an island?
- Would you fill a pantry?
- Would you rather have a stainless steel sink or enameled cast iron?
- Do you prefer cooking with gas or electricity?
Step 3: Consider different styles
The next step – and the most fun – is to think about style. Chances are, you’ve seen kitchens that you like in magazines, friends’ homes, etc. The first question to ask is whether the style you like best will fit with your home. You may have loved European cabinets in the magazine, but they might not look as good in your Queen Anne Victorian.