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Three Things to Consider Before Starting a Kitchen Renovation

Starting a kitchen remodel can feel overwhelming. That’s why we connected with one of our designers to understand the three most important things to think about before getting going.

FORM Design Team

February 15, 2022

Three Things to Consider Before Starting a Kitchen Renovation intro

We also offer everyone a free consultation to talk through 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.

First and foremost, think about the functionality you want in your kitchen.

To have a smart and successful design in the end, the most important thing to think about is functionality.

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 counterspace, or that your cooking tools are never handy. You might also be tired of having your trash visible, or maybe your cabinets simply cannot accommodate all your dinnerware.

Do you fancy yourself a mixologist in need of the perfect home bar?

It’s also helpful to envision what sort of activity you’d love to have going on in the space.

To have a smart and successful design in the end, the most important thing to think about is functionality.

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 counterspace, or that your cooking tools are never handy. You might also be tired of having your trash visible, or maybe your cabinets simply cannot accommodate all your dinnerware.

Next, consider the aesthetics of the space.

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. We also like flipping through magazines.

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 much choice. Consider the overall aesthetics of your house. Consider design choices you make daily, like clothing styles. Looking at your personal palette can really help you make a decision.

And once again, working with a designer can really help you bring that seamless and effortless feel to a space, from an aesthetics perspective.

Lastly, be honest and clear with yourself about budget.

Really take the time to answer the question: how much can I or do I want to spend here. 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 down the line in the process. And remember to think about ALL of the expenses—including labor.

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.

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.

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.

If you want to book a free consultation with our design team to explore what’s possible with your project, you can do so here:

"We believe that good design improves people's lives. We focus on personalization, performance, and peace of mind."

Co-founders Danny and Tom

Danny Soos & Tom Sherman

FORM Co-Founders

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