Kitchen Design: Where Do I Start?

Kitchen remodels can be intimidating. It is one of the most important decisions about your home you can make, and sometimes the most expensive. Here are some steps to make this process easier and not as daunting.

Step 1 | Research

The absolute best place to start designing your kitchen is by not actually designing anything at all (just yet). You should begin this journey with a little bit of research. Getting your feet wet by seeing images of what is out there and what people are doing is an important step. Pinterest, Houzz, and magazines are excellent resources to gather ideas and inspiration. Looking at images and products help define what you like and dislike.  Don’t be too concerned whether each specific idea can be implemented within your space at this stage. The actual design portion comes later. The research step allows you to start forming an aesthetic direction that you want your space to go in.

Step 2 | Showroom

Now that you’ve seen ideas and products, it is time to see them in person and talk to professionals. This is where you get to touch and feel cabinets, countertops, and fixtures. When visiting a showroom you are able to gather information about how the firm works, services they offer, and fees. At KBC you can bring in some pictures and rough dimensions to get a free preliminary estimate of the cost of your project. This is an informal meeting to get an idea of how much you are looking at spending based on the scope of the project.

Step 3 | Appliance Store

Knowing what appliances you plan to use is the next step. A trip to an appliance store is important to the actual design of the kitchen. This factor can affect the layout and even specific cabinets to house the appliances.

Step 4 | Meet with a Designer

Now it’s time to take your project and ideas to a design professional. Having a designer, design your kitchen takes stress off of you. Kitchen designers know cabinets and their options backward and forwards, allowing them to really make the most of your space. A designer can direct you in the direction that will fit your budget because of their knowledge of the cabinetry. Functionality, aesthetics, and cost are all factors that come into play as a designer looks at your space and creates a design. At this step, you should make an appointment to sit down with a designer to discuss needs, wants, and how you use your kitchen. This is also the time you will book an appointment for the designer to come measure the kitchen in order to begin working on the construction drawings and 3D models. You can begin to start narrowing down finishes such as the door style, and if you want a painted or stained finish as well as countertops, backsplashes, and flooring.

Step 5 | Finishing Touches

After this, the design and drawings are presented. Then you make the final selections on hardware, fixtures, and final plan changes. You now have a clear vision of what your space will look like and the cost of it all. The work can then begin and you are on your way to a new kitchen.