My interior design business undertakes more new kitchen design and open plan indoor/outdoor living projects than every before. It’s a highly popular home renovation. However there are important questions that need answering before you start.
The kitchen is the heart of the home. Going through a new kitchen design renovation can take up a lot of your time (and money).
When you start planning your new kitchen design, you may not know where to begin. You have to think about everything thoroughly before you go ahead and take the plunge.
Engaging a creative kitchen design professional is a great start to make sure every step is planned, budgeted, monitored and no mistakes are made.
So I’ve put together a list of questions to ask yourself, before you begin that all-important renovation for the kitchen of your dreams.
What’s my budget for a new kitchen design?
Getting a new kitchen installed is generally an expensive renovation. Before you start out, you need to know roughly what your budget is.
You don’t want to spend all of the cash that you’ve saved up, to then find that you forgot to account for the tiles. Zesta Kitchens suggest an average budget of $10,000 – $20,000 for a budget kitchen. However, they also note that the high-end, luxury kitchens can put you out around $75,000 at the higher end.
You can get a renovation for any kind of budget. However, it’s good to have a budget in mind with which you are comfortable. There are so many options that knowing a rough price is key.
What do I need for a functional new kitchen design?
Another important question to ask yourself is what you actually need, and there are a wide range of options for any kitchen.
- do you want or have room for a centre island?
- will this be an eat-in kitchen?
- how much countertop space will you need?
- do you cook a lot or a little?
- will you need double ovens? If so, will they be stacked or side-by-side?
- do you want a butler’s pantry?
- where is the natural light source?
- do you love or hate overhead cupboards?
An important thing to consider is what you actually need, not just what you want. Sure, we all want to have that huge kitchen island and enough oven space to cook a banquet.
However, if you live in a home with one other person, then this probably isn’t going to be necessary or suitable for your needs.
Remember, the most important element is to confirm the floor plan BEFORE you start stressing about colours, tiles, flooring, appliances, lighting, etc.
What storage solutions will I need?
Going through a kitchen renovation is the perfect time to consider new storage solutions. This is the time to incorporate modern ideas into your kitchen to make the most of the space.
From wine racks that can be hidden out of sight to those clever slim slide-out cupboards, there are plenty of options. You will likely wish to include cupboards but what about some open shelving too?
It will serve as a handy place for recipe books, colourful bowls and vases, and wooden utensils or daily use objects. Think outside the box, and make the most of your space with clever storage.
Can I incorporate some modern tech?
There is no time like the present to embrace some kitchen tech because there are plenty of options out there for the technology lovers amongst us.
From taps that dispense mineral water (sorry, what?!) to ovens connected to WiFi that cook depending upon a recipe that you have selected, there is surely something out there that tickles your tech fancy.
Having a little look into your options is enough to get you super excited for the future of the kitchen.
Maybe you could treat yourself to something pretty impressive to show your friends and family members. Come on, we won’t tell anybody…
What new kitchen design vibe am I going for?
Before you begin thinking about the finer details, decide what kind of look or theme you want in your new kitchen.
Do you want it to be modern, or are you thinking more of a vintage farmhouse vibe? Have you visualized your kitchen, and how everything will look, so that you can make those choices on tech and storage?
The most important thing is to pick a look, or a theme of sorts, and shop for your kitchen based upon that.
The good news is that this is also one of the most exciting parts of kitchen shopping, so I recommend that you make the most out of this!
So, if you’re looking to get a new kitchen, there are a few questions that you need to ask yourself before you take the plunge.
Think about your floor plan, budget, priorities of use, storage solutions, the modern tech you will incorporate, and the overall look of your kitchen, and you should be well on your way to kitchen heaven…
Need More New Kitchen Design Help?
At Plush Design Interiors, I create 3D floor plans and perspectives. These help you to truly experience your new kitchen before any renovation work starts. Please contact me via firstname.lastname@example.org.