Are you thinking of redoing your kitchen?
Are you stuck on where to start?
These are the first three steps my customers go through when they come to me.
1) Assess your priorities– Every family has a different lifestyle. Spend some time evaluating what is most important; this will determine your budget, style, products and virtually every other decision.
How old is your home? For how long do you intend to live there?
Is your kitchen big enough? Do you need to add storage?
How many people live in your home? Do you have small children, pets, or older family members?
Are there any physical issues that need to be considered?
Do you prefer to eat at the kitchen island or a kitchen table?
How often do you entertain?
Do you entertain in small groups or large groups?
Look at what works in your kitchen right now. Make a wish list of things to improve.
I spend some time encouraging every customer to really dig deep and figure out their highest priorities. When you are clear on your priorities, it’s easy to plan around them.
2) Establish a realistic budget – Your budget should be proportional to the worth of your home. You can get a kitchen for almost any budget range.
If this is going to be the home you are going to stay in for at least the next 5 years, then don’t go in for the cheapest materials possible. That way, you won’t have to keep renovating your kitchen again and again. Ideally, most homeowners only redo their kitchen once or twice in their lifetime.
What is important to you?
Some factors to consider-
Are you going for a $500 range or a $10,000?
A $100 sink or a $3500?
A $5 knob or a $98 crystal knob?
Without knowing your lifestyle and priorities, it is impossible to say your kitchen will cost any certain dollar amount.
According to NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association), cabinets and hardware cost around 29% of a total kitchen budget. Countertops average around 10%, appliances around 14%, and installation around 17%. The lower-cost items include Design fees- 4%, Lighting – 5%, Flooring – 7%, Faucets and Plumbing – 4%, Doors and windows- 4%, Walls and ceiling- 5% and Other – 1%.
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3) Decide on a look – Look through pictures and find out what your dream kitchen would look like. Take some time to view magazines and online pictures; there may be things that you really like or don’t like. When you are able to communicate this clearly with your designer, it’s easier for the designer to give you what you want. When you have a vision of what you are trying to achieve, it’s easier to get there.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to have a conversation and see if we are a good fit, give me a call @ 732-567-3489