Ask these 5 questions before you plan your new kitchen
Depending on your perspective, planning a new kitchen can be an adventure or an endless trek through rough terrain. The key to planning is to “know thyself,” including your habits, preferences, and entertaining style. Then you can design a space that works for you.
Consider these questions before you plan your new kitchen:
What is your daily routine? Your family’s habits and activities will determine which elements will be most important to incorporate into the design, such as seating, counter space, and work space. For example, do you start your day by grinding and brewing small roast coffee and eating homemade granola, or do you run out the door after you grab your keys from the counter? Do your kids and their friends hang out to chat, grab snacks, do homework? Do you cook dinner or serve takeout? Form will follow function.
How important is cooking? This might seem like an odd question, considering that we’re talking about a kitchen. But your choice of stovetop, range, ovens, freezer, refrigerator and more will be driven by your interest in cooking and entertaining.
How’s the traffic? When people are working in the kitchen, is there room to flow through and around the space? Are there areas where things get jammed up? This will help you determine whether the new plan will call for moving counters, the island, or even part of a wall.
What do you want to display? Storage is one of the most pressing issues in a kitchen. While many people think of storage as a way to hide things and avoid visual clutter, others see it as an opportunity to display collections of glassware and dishes. Whether open, shut, curtained off or glassed in, it’s worth exploring more than one storage option for your kitchen.
What is your budget? Kitchens are a solid investment, with a typical ROI for a major remodel coming in around 54 percent. When you’re calculating your budget, think about the total you would like to spend in relation to the current value of your home. Then start breaking it down into the categories of items you could update, like appliances, cabinets, flooring, lighting, etc. This will help you determine where you could spend more—maybe even splurge—and where you might dial it back.