Practical Guidelines for a Successful Kitchen Remodel

You’ve been looking on Houzz and Pinterest at all the newly remodeled and designed kitchens, and now you’re thinking you’d like to remodel your own. Before you head off to the cabinet design company, carefully consider these guidelines to help make your project go smoothly to achieve the new kitchen of your dreams.

Know Your Limitations
For instance, if you do not plan to change out your flooring, the total space available for your new cabinets will be restricted to the same area as your old cabinets. This is called the “footprint.” In this case, the wall lengths will be measured based on this footprint, and you will be limited for cabinetry in those areas only. If you will be changing your flooring, and depending on your overall space, measurements may be taken that might extend somewhat beyond the original footprint.

Measuring Considerations
Indicate in relation to the wall measurement exactly where your gas or electrical outlet is for your stove or oven. The designer will need to know the measurements where the electrical and any water piping are on the wall for your refrigerator as well. Additionally, indicate the plumbing location measurements for your sink and dishwasher.

Depending on whether you plan to hire a contractor to oversee tear-out and any rerouting of electrical or plumbing fixtures, your new cabinet layout might or might not have some restrictions affecting the design. Many cabinet companies offer the service of coming out to your location to measure. At that time, make sure they go over all of these considerations with you.

The Design Process
Accurate measurements help to speed up the layout process. Once these criteria are established and you sit down with a designer, make sure you convey not only the look you are seeking, but also the functionality. Some functionality factors to consider might be:

  • Do you prefer your dishwasher to the right or the left of the sink?
  • What are the dimensions of your appliances? If you are buying new appliances, it is helpful to provide the dimensions as well as any installation specifications for each to the designer.
  • Consider how comfortable your reach will be to determine the height of your upper cabinets.
  • What kind of sink will you have? A drop-in single or double sink, or a farm style sink?
  • How many drawer bases would you like? Think of pots and pans or even dish storage in drawers, and also where you will store towels, hot pads, and utensils.
  • Would you like baking rack dividers for baking pans, cookie sheets, or cutting boards?
  • Where would you like to store your spices and oils? Today, a variety of spice pull-outs and even spice pull-out cabinets are available.
  • Would you like a lazy susan?
  • Would you like to have roll-out shelves in any base cabinets?
  • How many small appliances do you have and where would you store them so they are handy in the kitchen?
  • Would you like a trash pull-out cabinet?
  • Do you want to have a microwave above the stove or just a range hood?
  • Will you want a wall oven with a microwave – a double oven cabinet? Another option today are drawer microwaves that can be installed in a base cabinet.
  • Do you want an island? Do you want a countertop overhang/breakfast bar? Will the island countertop be used only for storage and food prep space?
  • If installing an island is a new option for you, space is critical to consider in traffic areas and also between cabinetry and appliances. You will need a minimum of 36″ of space between each. 40″-42″ is ideal.

As you can see, many details go into the planning process for a new kitchen. Many of these guidelines will also apply to bathroom makeovers. Keeping these guidelines in mind, and using them as a checklist, will help you make your new dream kitchen or bathroom come true.