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Where and How to Start on a Kitchen Redesign

Updated: Mar 6

Where and How to Start on a Kitchen Redesign

If you're reading this, chances are you're filled with excitement and a touch of uncertainty about turning your kitchen into the space you've always dreamed of. But fear not, you're not alone on this journey. We're here to lend a helping hand with this guide that will offer practical advice and helpful kitchen design tips. Whether you're looking to make small tweaks or completely revamp, these design tips set you off on the right path to a new and improved kitchen design.

Assessing Your Current Kitchen Space

Before you dive into the kitchen design process, it’s important to understand your current kitchen layout better. Let’s take a walk through your workspace, paying attention to every detail and aspect of your layout. You can even take notes or photos to help you remember later.

As you explore your kitchen, take note of what you like and don't like. Ask yourself:

  • What are the areas that need improvement and the aspects that stand out?

  • How does it complement my lifestyle and cooking habits?

Maybe you love your spacious countertops but despise your outdated kitchen cabinets. Maybe you require more storage space without compromising on natural light. You may enjoy cooking for your family but desire a more efficient layout. Whatever you discover, don't be overwhelmed or feel limited. Instead, let’s view them as opportunities for growth. Always remember, our goal here is to design a kitchen that perfectly suits your individual needs and preferences.

Setting a Realistic Budget

One of the scariest stages of any kitchen remodel project is setting a budget. It can be hard to know how much to spend, how to allocate your funds wisely, and how to avoid overspending or compromising on quality.

First, you need to have a clear idea of your financial situation and your goals. Start by asking yourself:

  • How much money do you have saved up for this project?

  • How much can you borrow or finance?

  • What are the must-haves and the nice-to-haves in your redesign plan?

For example, if you need to replace your old appliances, that might be a priority over changing the color of your cabinets. Or, if you want to add more storage space, you might consider installing shelves or hooks instead of buying new furniture.

Second, you need to do some research and comparison shopping. Ask yourself a couple of questions to get you started like:

  • How much do the materials, appliances, fixtures, and labor cost in your area?

  • What are the best deals and discounts you can find?

Third, you need to be flexible and realistic. How can you adjust your expectations and preferences to fit your budget? How can you deal with unexpected costs or delays? How can you save money without sacrificing quality or functionality?

If cost is a major issue, we can get a bit more creative in the design process by repurposing old items, using DIY methods, or mixing and matching styles to make your kitchen more personal and affordable.

Finding Kitchen Design Ideas

Now that you have a better understanding of your current kitchen and your budget, it’s time to have some fun and find kitchen renovation inspiration. This is the part where you can go crazy on your creativity and explore your style. There are no right or wrong answers here, only what makes you happy and comfortable.

To find interior design inspiration, you can look for sources that spark your imagination and reflect your taste. You can browse through magazines, books, websites, blogs, social media, or online galleries. You can also visit showrooms, and stores, or maybe get inspired by your friends’ homes. You can even draw inspiration from nature, art, culture, or history.

A man on his laptop eating in his kitchen browsing kitchen renovation inspiration with his dog licking his face.

Consider incorporating your dream kitchen elements such as a captivating kitchen island, unique backsplash, and innovative cabinetry ideas. Pay attention to how natural light enhances different design styles, from modern kitchens to more traditional kitchen setups.

Researching Appliances and Fixtures

Once you have a clear vision of your design style, you can start researching kitchen appliances and fixtures that match your aesthetic and functional needs.

Appliances and fixtures are the essential elements of your kitchen, as they affect your cooking performance and your kitchen’s overall look. Therefore, you want to choose them carefully and wisely.

As you research appliances and fixtures, consider how they suit your cooking habits and lifestyle. Ask yourself:

  • Do I need a large refrigerator, a dishwasher, a microwave, or a coffee maker?

  • Do I prefer a gas, electric, or induction stove?

  • Do I want a single or double sink, a faucet with a sprayer, or a garbage disposal?

  • Do I like knobs, handles, or touchscreens?

Whatever you choose, make sure it enhances your kitchen’s functionality and beauty.

Finding the Right Professionals

The final step in your kitchen redesign journey is finding professionals who can help you turn your vision into reality. Professionals can offer you valuable skills, experience, and resources that can make your redesign project easier and more successful. They can also save you time, money, and stress by avoiding common mistakes and pitfalls.

Once you’ve found your dream team, communicate your needs, preferences, and expectations clearly and respectfully. Listen to their feedback, suggestions, and opinions, but don’t be afraid to express your own. Remember, you’re working together as a team to create your dream kitchen.

However, don’t count yourself out if you want to do this kitchen redesign yourself. While we recommend using a professional, it’s not to say some of these can’t be done with a bit of YouTube studying.

How Feel Good Kitchens Can Help

Starting a kitchen redesign is no small feat. But with Feel Good Kitchens, the process becomes much easier.

With our Idea Design Gallery, we dive into some of our favourite kitchen looks, break down all the appliances and features that make the kitchen pop, and link you directly to sellers. This means no more browsing forums or comment sections for your next kitchen component - we have it all ready for you.

Ready to explore your next kitchen design? Check out our Idea Design Gallery.


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