5 Things to Consider Before Starting a Kitchen Remodel
A kitchen remodel project is exciting, but as experts in kitchen renovation, we know that this journey can be overwhelming. We connected with one of our designers to understand the five essential things to consider before meeting with a kitchen designer.
July 12, 2023
Starting a kitchen remodel can feel overwhelming. But it is also an exciting endeavor that promises to transform the heart of your home into a space that perfectly aligns with your needs and style. However, before diving headfirst into the world of countertops, cabinets, and colors, it's crucial to carefully consider several key factors to ensure a successful outcome. In this article, we'll explore five essential things to contemplate before starting your kitchen renovation. By considering these aspects, you'll be well-prepared and equipped to meet with a kitchen designer and create a kitchen that truly reflects your vision and enhances your daily life.
We connected with one of our designers to understand the five most important things to consider before starting a kitchen makeover.
We also offer everyone a free consultation to discuss the project scope, timelines, and budget. It’s a great way to get started. And when you work with FORM, you’re always paired with a dedicated expert designer to help you bring your vision to life.
Consider your lifestyle and the functionality you want in your kitchen
To have a smart and successful design, the most important thing to think about is functionality. The first step in any kitchen renovation is to define your goals and assess your lifestyle. Take some time to evaluate how you use your kitchen and what you want to achieve with the remodel. Are you an avid cook who needs a well-equipped space, or do you prefer a minimalist design with ample room for socializing? Consider your family's size, the frequency of entertaining guests, and any specific requirements you may have. By clearly outlining your objectives, you'll be able to make informed decisions throughout the design process, ensuring that the end result perfectly accommodates your lifestyle.
The easiest way to start thinking about what functionality is essential in your new kitchen is to ask yourself, “What bothers me in my current kitchen?” It could be that you don’t have enough counter space or that your cooking tools are never handy. You might also be tired of having your trash visible, or your cabinets simply cannot accommodate all your dinnerware.
“You might also be tired of having your trash visible, or your cabinets simply cannot accommodate all your dinnerware.”
Set a Realistic Budget
Really take the time to answer the question: how much can I or do I want to spend? Knowing that will actually liberate you and make the whole process easier. If you don’t have a firm budget, it will only create headaches in the process.
Budgeting is crucial to any renovation project, and the kitchen is no exception. Determine the amount you are willing to invest and be realistic about your financial limitations. Research the average kitchen remodel costs in your area and factor in additional expenses such as appliances, fixtures, and unforeseen contingencies. Prioritize your expenditure by allocating funds to essential elements like quality cabinetry, durable countertops, and efficient appliances. Remember to include a contingency fund for any unexpected expenses that may arise during the renovation. Setting a realistic budget will help guide your choices and ensure that your renovation stays on track without compromising your financial stability.
Inevitably, there will be compromises, so really think about your priorities. When going through that list of functionality, know what is essential and know what you’re willing to cut if you need to. A good designer will be able to help you think through those trade-offs and how to best work around your budget. A good starting point is also our Estimator Tool, which can give you a first idea of the budget you will need for the type of project you want.
Define the aesthetics of your new kitchen
The real challenge comes in the narrowing down of styles. Ultimately, you’re going to want to hone into a style (maybe two). You want cohesiveness with your aesthetics and focus in the space. You also don’t want to burden yourself with too many choices. Consider the overall aesthetics of your house. Consider design choices you make daily, like clothing styles, furniture style and art you love. Looking at your personal palette can really help you make a decision.
In many ways, style is personal, and there’s a go-with-your-gut element to all of it. We also recommend looking for inspiration. Pinterest is a great resource. We’ve curated a lot of looks and styles on our page. We also have our gallery page of past projects, which is a great jumping-off point. And, our Instagram page also features great projects for your inspiration. A designer will help you put together a proposal that combines the elements of your ideal kitchen, but with a true design approach.
“And once again, working with a designer can really help you bring that seamless and effortless feel to a space, from an aesthetic perspective.”
Check the layout and functionality of your kitchen
Evaluating your existing kitchen layout and functionality is a critical step in the renovation process. Consider the workflow and efficiency of your kitchen space. Are there any areas that could be improved to enhance functionality and ease of use? Analyze the location of major appliances, countertop workspace, storage capacity, and traffic flow. For example, think if your pantry is located conveniently close to your cooking area or if something is an obstacle for you to move freely. Determine if a complete overhaul or a few strategic changes will suffice. Assess whether expanding the kitchen's footprint or removing walls will create a more open and functional space. Collaborating with a professional kitchen designer or architect can provide valuable insights and ensure that the final design maximizes both aesthetics and functionality.
When you remodel your kitchen with FORM, a professional kitchen designer will be assigned to your project and will help you design the layout with the functionality you desire, with the right cabinetry, materials and aesthetics. Your designer will help connect the dots and translate your ideas into a real design.
Find the perfect partner for your kitchen renovation
Once you have defined what functionality you want, the budget for your renovation project, the aesthetics and the layout of your new kitchen, it is time to find the right partner for kitchen design service and the supply of the cabinetry. The benefit of working with a contractor that can both supply high-quality cabinetry and offer a design service is that you will have professional support and advice and help you in all the steps of the process.
We strongly advise to avoid making a decision solely based on budget. The key to success is to think about the way you would like to manage this project, what is the lead time you are aiming for, and choose the partners that offer the materials and product design with the aesthetics that match what you are imagining.
FORM is an online high-quality cabinetry supplier and design service without the showroom markup. Our platform allows you to work one-on-one with a professional designer to make sure you have the best modern design and functionality. While our team makes sure your delivery time is guaranteed. Try our Quizz to find out if we are a good fit for you.
“If you’ve designed the space right—around your needs and tastes, and budget—the wait will be worth it. There’s no better feeling than having a space that is truly designed around you.”
Last bonus piece of advice: be patient.
With any construction project that involves the coordination of materials and parts and pieces and labors, there will be some sort of hiccup or delays.
Embarking on a kitchen renovation can be a thrilling yet complex undertaking. By considering these five essential factors before starting your project, you'll lay a solid foundation for a successful and satisfying transformation. Remember to define your goals and lifestyle, establish a realistic budget, assess your kitchen's layout and functionality, research high-quality materials, and find a reliable contractor. Each decision you make should align with your vision while considering practicality and long-term satisfaction. By investing time and effort into careful planning and decision-making, you'll create a kitchen that not only enhances your daily life but also adds value and charm to your home. Enjoy the process, and happy kitchen renovating!