When planning a kitchen remodel, you have to keep several things in mind. The most important thing is to decide what your budget will be. From this you can start to prepare your kitchen design – or you can have a kitchen design prepared for you by a professional designer. Ideally, you would work with the designer to decide what works in your space and what fits into your budget.
Once the budget is established you may want to go shopping and decide what type and size of kitchen appliances you want. One way that kitchen designs often fall short is that the final design does not take into account the size of the appliances, so the design or the appliances have to be changed at the last minute. Either one of these situations can leave a less than satisfied feeling when the kitchen remodeling is completed.
If you are an avid chef, you will want your kitchen to be set up in a useful way. The idea is often illustrated as a triangle. You should have your sink, stove and refrigerator all within reach. There are many questions to consider during the design phase: Do you want an island? What size table do you have? Do you want a single or double sink? What kind of countertop do you want? What type of flooring will you get?
Any major changes in the setup of the kitchen will require electrical and plumbing work. These need to be done ahead of the rest of the work, so final decisions must be made quickly.
A kitchen remodel can become a huge work in progress. When you get an idea of how long the work will take, you will have to make arrangements for how you will make, serve and eat meals in the time it takes for the new and improved kitchen to be finished. It is sometimes possible to set up the kitchen appliances in another part of the house, and use them while you wait. Some people decide that they will eat out until the work is done, but this can be very costly. Others may try to make do using only the microwave. After a while they will get sick of this. Think carefully before you start your renovation and be sure you have workable plans in place.