Are you at the point in your life where you are ready to experience the excitation of having new kitchen cabinets, new countertops, really nice floors to walk on, appliances that not only work efficiently but look fabulous, lighting that actually let's you see what you 're doing?
It could be that I am talking about my past experience, but it may be your desire, as well.
Having an exciting kitchen looks like a lot of work and expense. I will insure you that it is a lot of work and can be expensive, but you can make your kitchen amazing with whatever you can afford.
If you live in an old home your kitchen is probably unique in many ways. When we first looked at our current home (built in 1927) I remember asking my husband (in a whisper), “Can you do something with this small enclosed corridor kitchen? I mean, can we take the wall out?” My husband, being the contractor that he was, said, “Sure, I can take that wall out”. Well, that was all I needed to know. Once we secured the home we took the kitchen apart and rebuilt it.
My husband and I are the hands on type and remodeled the kitchen ourselves. Even though that was a few years ago, I am still enjoying that same kitchen today. If you happen to be capable of doing the work and have what it takes to take on the job, you will save a lot of money. But, in order to create a finished kitchen, that will be exciting and wonderful, you need to follow some guidelines.
I believe planning is the key to an exciting and truly wonderful kitchen that expresses your taste and personality. Planning a kitchen remodel takes time and patience. Sometimes you just have to keep walking through the space, in your mind and on paper, to get the total concept on how your new kitchen will look and work for you. Lay it all out on paper and you'll see how some cabinets or appliances need to be in a different location. For instance, if you want a trash compactor, it is really ideal to have that compactor under the counter area that will be most used for chopping, cutting, mixing, etc. That way you can brush food debris right into the compactor and do not have to carry trash to an inconvenient location.
Have that everyday joy and excuse of being in your kitchen by following these “Getting Started Guidelines”. These steps are of the upmost importance in having a successful result.
- Determine what type of kitchen you have or will have. There are generally three types of kitchens: L-shape, galley or corridor, or U-shape. Your kitchen can be a combination of these kitchen types.
- Appliances, which include, stove, refrigerator, and your sink work well when located in a triangle placement. This means if you draw a line to each of these locations you will come up with a triangle shape.
- Plan for what you can afford. You want a kitchen you will enjoy being in and working in and, in the end, not be overwhelmed with buyer's remorse.
- If you hire a contractor and you both can come to an agreement in a non-interrupting way, you may be able to save money. This could include doing the cleanup work, remove debris, make runs to the dump, paint, install hardware or others tasks that have to be done, that are not out of your abilities.
Start planning today what you would like to do with your kitchen. Get paper and pencil and start sketching out your vision of what you think your kitchen can become. Remember that you are working with the space that is in your home. Your space will only hold what is in your space. Take accurate measurements and realize that you need to stay within the space you are fixed with. Sometimes we get transported away with wanted what we just do not have space for.
Even if your kitchen remodel is not going to happen in the near future start today with your dream kitchen on paper. Continue to pull it out often and tweak it until you get it just where you think it should be. Cut out things you like from magazines, and keep a folder or binder with all of the ideas, products, colors, etc. This will allow you to be prepared, when the right time comes, to make that kitchen a wonderful and real exciting place, in your home.