We’re kitchen designers in Hingham, and one of the things we hear frequently from homeowners is that they aren’t sure how the kitchen renovation process works and what they need to do to get started. With that in mind, here are some preliminary tasks that are vital to a successful kitchen upgrade:
Have Lots of Family Conversations About the New Kitchen
When you’re creating a new kitchen, you want it to be a space that makes everyone happy. Talk to your family members about what does and doesn’t work for you in the current kitchen. Even the little ones can have great insights. For example, one Hingham kitchen remodel included installing a sliding glass door and small deck to accommodate a toddler’s vision of a perfect kitchen: one that made it easy to go outside to play after they finished eating their mac and cheese. It’s a feature the entire family loves.
Before the kitchen remodel goes forward, it’s really important for serious conversations about how much a kitchen renovation costs, and what the budget will be for this renovation. Having a budget agreed upon in advance significantly helps homeowners be more satisfied with their new kitchen. Other important conversations to have include the timeline for the renovation – take into consideration any other major events such as weddings, travel, or medical procedures.
Begin Creating a Vision for Your New Kitchen
This is the step that gets a lot of people nervous. But don’t stress – you don’t have to be a kitchen designer to get the process started. An easy first step is to make a list of the must-have items that should be in the new kitchen, from essentials like appliances and storage space through those personal one-of-a-kind elements that make the kitchen uniquely yours.
Once you have the list, the next step is to think about what you’d like those must-have items to look like. Instagram, Pinterest, and design magazines are all great sources of inspiration. When you find the looks you like, collect them. This will be great information to share with your kitchen designer.
To Recap: the first steps in a successful kitchen remodel include agreeing on the size, budget and timeline for the new kitchen, making a list of essential items that will make the kitchen great for everyone, and start collecting images that are similar to what you’d like to see in your new kitchen. After that, it’s time to book a consult with your favorite local kitchen designer to start your new kitchen!