where do i start?

Over the last few months I have had people ask me; where do I start when I want to redo my kitchen?   I have all of this information in my head from experience but have been trying to organize some key points.  I have pulled this from various articles and magazines.  I hope it helps.

Size (Square Footage). “Every inch of space is important, especially in a small kitchen,” Pierce emphasizes. The size of your kitchen will dictate the layout (this is important to remember): Is there room for an island? Where can you squeeze in extra storage?

Will you knock out a wall or extend the kitchen by adding on to your home? How much space can you conceivably add to your kitchen layout

Existing Layout. Don’t feel married to your kitchen’s existing footprint. Windows and doors are seldom in the place you want them.  If you must maintain the windows/doors of your kitchen, you may be locked in to your layout—but there are always ways to modify. For instance, you can add a peninsula to an L-shaped kitchen and create a horseshoe layout that offers more counter space and efficiency. Learn about different kitchen layouts.

As you consider kitchen layout, take time to think about what you like/dislike about your current kitchen:

  • How do you move in the space?
  • Does the workflow accommodate your cooking routine?
  • Can you easily move from the range to the sink?
  • How effective is your kitchen when more than one person is cooking?

These are just some of the questions you should be asking yourself as you begin to plan your kitchen remodel…

Lifestyle. How will you use the kitchen? What type of cook are you? How do you entertain?

Decide where to save and where to splurge. Set a realistic budget, figuring between 6 and 10 percent of your home value for a complete kitchen remodel. Brad Burgin, Burgin Construction Inc. in North Tustin, Calif., says his clients that spend about 10 percent of their overall home value realize a return on their investment at resale.