Grab Must-Have Pins & Photos
Anyone interested in home improvement has some sort of inspiration spurring on their desire to remodel. For most, this will come in the form of photos and pins from social media. Start reviewing pins and pictures you have saved to find common themes. Do all these photos have specific cabinet finishes and colors, types of hardware and lighting, or something more specific like drink centers? Place your most favorite photos in a remodeling file to use as you start the design process.
Where is Your Kitchen Lacking?
Every kitchen needs some improvement no matter how big or small. Walk around your kitchen and take notes as you think about how you like to function in your kitchen, and what hasn’t been working. This could be a corner cabinet that’s always a mess or a dishwasher that’s too far away from the sink, maybe even on the wrong side. Be thorough so these problems are resolved after your remodel.
What’s Been Working?
Sometimes older kitchens function really well. Not every older kitchen is filled with problems. Much like before, walk around and think about what works well while you cook, during clean up, and what you like about current storage. Bringing those things into your new kitchen with other positive changes will make it so much better than before, and you will be over the moon with the transformation.
What Improvements Are Needed?
When the kitchen remodel is said and done, what are some necessary improvements you need? This could take the form of a pantry with pull-out storage, a coffee or drink bar to improve the workflow of the kitchen, or moving the sink or cooktop to the island. Prioritize these things in order of importance so you know where there’s flexibility. If your budget allows, incorporate all the improvements, but if you come up short, you will know what to cut out.