Whether you are building from a blank page or renovating an existing space, creating your dream kitchen is an exhilarating journey, and at times a huge undertaking. It is one that will have a profound ripple effect throughout the entire home. As the kitchen acts as the grounding space for our lives, a calm, organized space benefits every other room in the home. However, renovating a kitchen is no small task and requires a near-infinite amount of planning and patience coupled with an ability to be flexible and go with the ebbs and flows the project presents. The more time you spend in the thinking, preparing and design collection phase, the greater the likelihood that you’re going to be extremely pleased with the end result.
Just as any successful company has a vision and clear mission statement that acts as a compass to point it toward an end goal, so should homeowners. This will allow you to stay focused on the larger picture and not get sidetracked in the process.
The first step is deciding the feel and look you want for your dream kitchen. If you are not sure what this entails, spend a good amount of time researching the Web and showrooms in your area to see what draws your attention. Whether it is sleek and modern, or traditional and timeless, a design theme you are drawn to will begin to take shape and emerge. Also, do not forget to consult a designer that is specifically trained in this area. They not only offer expertise in the visionary process, but a professional kitchen designer can introduce you to new product lines that are not only gorgeous in your space, but also fit your budget.
It is also important to know your needs. Is it more storage you desire? Better flow with new appliances and an updated look and feel? All of the above? Having a clear motive for undertaking such a massive project can make sure your budget is allocated correctly and realistically and will help you get over any hurdles. Rather than thinking of your budget as a limiting factor in this process, choose to look at it as a guiding tool that will help you pinpoint your priorities. That way, when the final nail is in place, you can feel confident you chose the most important features to allow a dream on paper to become a reality.