Monday, September 9, 2019 / by Shoshana Socher
The kitchen is the heart of every family home. It’s the space where messes are made and stories are told; it’s where you can go to grab a post-work refreshment or catch the kids (both big and little) trying to snatch that midnight snack. Whether you’re looking to upgrade, remodel, or completely gut and build a brand new kitchen in your current home or your newly-purchased home, there are several purposeful steps to take that will help make the whole kitchen design process an enjoyable, stress-free, and exciting one. The first step toward bringing your ideal kitchen to fruition is kitchen planning.
The recipe for kitchen planning success includes 3 integral ingredients:
Take the time to create a list of the features you absolutely must have. Undoubtedly, these will be the things that compelled you to start thinking about improving your kitchen. Whether it’s a magnificent island with chairs for socializing with your friends or a corner built-in nook for your children to do their homework while you prepare dinner, or whether you want two ovens, two sinks, and two dishwashers in your new kitchen - whatever your particular must-haves, they will become the inflexible fundamentals of your new design.
The reason why you are now making this investment of your time and resources - matters. Are you planning on selling your house soon and simply want to increase its current market value with a stunning, upgraded new kitchen? Are you in your dream home and want to open your kitchen up to flow wonderfully into the adjoining rooms (or perhaps into your inviting outdoor patio)? Or is the reason you are improving your kitchen a quite simple one – you love to cook, gather, and “just be” in your kitchen and you want that space to be both functional and aesthetically inspiring.
Set a budget. Even if the sky’s the limit, establish a budget on what you’re willing to invest in this project. Just because you might be able to afford the top-of-the-line products for each and every aspect of your new kitchen doesn’t mean you should or that it’s necessary. Often times, less is more. On the other side of that coin is investing in the best the first go ‘round. You’ll be spending a lot of time in your new kitchen; those new drawers, cupboards, and appliances will be opened and closed countless times throughout the years. By investing in quality, strong, and good-looking hardwoods, hinges, and finishes upfront, their functionality and beauty will sustain the test of time.
We entertain; we cook; we study; we eat; we drink; we laugh; we cry - all in our kitchens. It’s the place where memories are made; birthday cakes are baked; bubbly is poured; and lunches are packed with special little notes. Your kitchen matters -- it warms the home, comforts the cravings, and ignites the spark that is the center of every love and laughter-filled home.