There is an old Army saying that goes something along these lines...
"Proper Planning and Preparation Prevents P_ _ _ Poor Performance"
I am sure you can fill in the blanks, but it applies to our Kitchen Remodel Planning as much as any other. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail is another fave of mine 🙂 Get it right up front, be prepared and things will come out smelling of something nice!
Think about what look and feel you are trying to achieve. Take a look around completed projects, friends homes, store demonstrations, magazine and on line tools. Be prepared to do your research well in advance of the actual planning stage.
This is actually more of a biggie than people realise. If you start putting things in place in the wrong order, you can create more work and even require contractors to come back and do it over again. Make sure you have an order of works in place so you know what goes where and when.
When planning your design, use a pro if you can to show the actual spaces between sideboards, the cooker, fridge and other appliances. You could even draw out a mock up on the ground outside to see the reality of space to move around. Often, islands are over stated and to large for the space they sit it.
As always, delays happen (especially when you change your mind mid project, see below for more on that). Give some give and take room and make sure you keep up to date with your schedule of works to ensure materials and contractors are on site at the right time.
Remember the kitchen triangle? Check out the below article for more on that, but remember that you move around your kitchen in a structured way, more than you would think. Moving from the sink to the stove, the fridge to the oven, we take certain routes and the path of least resistance.
Here is the Kitchen Work Triangle on Wikipedia – Worth a bookmark!
Heavy moisture build up can be a problem. So can those unwanted cooking smells. If you want to get it out of the house as fast as possible, think about good air venting systems and hoods.
This is amazingly one hugely overlooked issue when designing a kitchen. We forget about the attention to detail and the fact that it helps if we can get some light on what we are doing 🙂 From Well placed sideboards near natural light areas to clever angled lighting design and placement. All should be well considered, long before the work gets under way.
Kitchen Remodel - The 7 Hot Tips to Getting it Right
The biggest pet peeve from contractors is when clients keep changing their mind mid project. This adds costs, extends time to complete and can cause frustration for everyone concerned. So do your research and once you commit, stick with the plans!
Remember to use licensed contractors for the big jobs as a minimum, and do not be afraid to shop and ask around for referrals and quotes. Never PAY all up front either on ANY job. Be sure where you stand before the project commences and keep an eye on your funds and the plan.
Follow this advice and you should see it out to the end without too many scratches 🙂 Your turn now... Can you offer any advice for others from your own experiences? Post your comments below, we would appreciate your input. Thank you!