Kitchen design planning is the foundation of any new kitchen.
There are three important basics to contemplate in planning your new kitchen design:
What do you want?
What do you need?
What can you afford?
In kitchen design planning, making all three work together will help you create the ideal kitchen for you! Let's take them in the order of their importance...
This is the place to start your planning. Sure, you've read that you'll recover 100% of your costs when you remodel a kitchen, BUT...
Well, sure, the obvious answer - new appliances, cabinets, countertops.
But good kitchen design planning includes sweating the small stuff: think about small, practical needs like adding extra outlets.
Consider the future, too...you might want to run TV cable now, for a little TV you might add later.
Also...assess your stuff! You're planning a kitchen design to house all your stuff, so...
This can be the toughest decision of all. Maybe you don't KNOW what you want...you just know you don't want the kitchen you've got now!
This kitchen's owner got the idea for stainless steel "tiles" for her backsplash from an HG-TV show.
When in doubt...LISTEN TO YOUR HEART. In design, the big picture can start with just one item!
Is there something you’d LOVE to have in your new kitchen...and everyone is trying to talk you out of it?
I’m different from most kitchen designers. I won’t try to talk you out of your heartfelt desire for something so crazy no one else will take you seriously and everyone says you shouldn’t go there.
GET WHAT YOU WANT!
Pink retro appliances?
Well, of course, there are drawbacks to any idea. And rest assured, everyone you know will LOVE pointing them out to you!
Look, if you know the pros and the cons of any decision, and you still want what you want, then...
GET WHAT YOU WANT!
Now if your spouse says absolutely NO to pink appliances, you’ll have to work that one out between you.
But here’s a case in point:
My friend Sherri wanted to remodel her kitchen, and fell in love with a huge 100-year old woodworker’s workbench. She wanted to use it as an island, but the thing was a behemoth! It would only fit against a wall, making it impossible to have more cabinets than she had now.
"Open your cabinets and let’s see what’s inside," I said. She did. We gasped.
There was space to spare! In fact, she had a skinny cabinet next to her stove she’d never even opened, didn’t realize it was a cabinet!
"You DO have room for the bench because you don’t need a lot of cabinet space," I told her. We were both happy as clams.
Here’s Sherri’s workbench – the ULTIMATE in workspace.
The trough in back holds small appliances. The bottom shelf holds metal bins for cookware and miscellany.
Check out the rest of Sherri's unique kitchen at Eclectic Kitchen Design.
So if your heart is set on something you really, really, really want…
GET WHAT YOU WANT. Your design can flow from this starting point. You’ll be happy. And that's the whole idea, isn't it?
Now that we've covered Kitchen Design Planning, let's go on to the next step: kitchen drawing.
Thinking of remodeling?
Keep a notebook or scrapbook of notes, clippings and ideas.
Kitchen magazines are expensive - look through them in the grocery checkout line. If you see pix of a kitchen you really like, buy that magazine.
Stop in at home centers and pick up any free cabinet manufacturers' catalogs.
See our DIY section...
...for how-to on kitchen remodeling - including
How To Tile a Backsplash.