How to Design a New Kitchen
Kitchens have come a long way from the utilitarian work-zones of the past. Today, these rooms are places to gather and spend time with family – not just for cooking! Kitchens must be stylish spaces that appeal both aesthetically and functionally; providing all occupants with everything they need in one roomy hub.
The key to any successful new kitchen design is proper preparation and planning. We’ve laid out the crucial steps to set you up for success:
1. Define Your Style
What kind of look are you going for? There’s farmhouse, modern, or traditional to name a few. Designing a new kitchen is an amazing opportunity to embrace the style you have been eager to embody in one of the most important rooms of your house.
For style inspiration, we recommend perusing social media sites such as Pinterest and Instagram. Home magazines are powerful resources as well. The more you see, the better understanding you will have of your design preferences.
2. Set a Budget
How extensive your wish list can be will depend on budget limitations you set for yourself. With this step, it’s important to be realistic and think of the holistic picture. Along with the kitchen itself, also take into consideration plumbing, wiring, lighting, and other finishing touches. As a general rule of thumb, add 10% as a contingency for any unforeseen costs that arrive.
3. Plan the Layout
Throughout this stage, ask yourself the following questions as a starting point:
- How do you use the kitchen?
Consider you and your family’s lifestyle, and determine what type of kitchen would be the best fit.
- Is it an open-plan space?
Often, kitchens bleed into other rooms throughout the house such as the living room or dining room, so be cautious of how your kitchen updates are impacting those surrounding spaces.
- What are the major elements?
Decide on the placement of major elements of your kitchen such as the refrigerator, stove, and sink.
4. Measure Your Space
Once you have a better idea of the scope and plan for your kitchen, take time to accurately measure the dimensions of your space so you can plan accordingly. If you end up hiring a design professional, you can hand this responsibility over to them.
5. Choose Cabinets and Countertops
Decide on the cabinets and countertops that fit your budget and determine the best material for your needs. The options are endless when it comes to kitchen cabinet ideas, so start with deciding how you want your kitchen to look and feel.
When it comes to countertops, thinking through your meal preparation needs will help guide your choice. There are other additional details you can dive into such as the possibility of a central island, incorporating two countertop heights for baking with children, and much more when it comes to countertops.
6. Select Appliances
Choose the appliances that fit your lifestyle. For example, if you have a large family or extensive cooking needs, consider doubling up on your most often-used appliances while planning out your kitchen. This is also where precise measurements come into play.
Certain appliances such as built-in ovens, refrigerators and dishwashers may require a wider space. Technology has revolutionized extractor systems, allowing you to select the style that best suits your kitchen. Transform your kitchen into a masterpiece by choosing from wall and ceiling-hung hoods, hideaways in cabinetry, and appliances integrated above cooktops to name just a few routes you can take.
7. Implement Lighting
Decide on the type of lighting you want and where it should be placed. Ambient, task and accent lighting should all have their place in a kitchen lighting scheme. The kitchen has become both a beautiful as well as practical space. A versatile lighting plan is a must have for today’s kitchens. This step in the process should be done well in advance to make sure it complements other features of your kitchen design.
Add finishing touches such as backsplashes, knobs and handles throughout your fresh kitchen design. This step in the planning process is also perfect for nailing down your plan for storage space. Final decorative steps include paint, window treatments, and artwork for your updated space.
How much does a new kitchen cost?
The cost of a new kitchen will of course vary depending on the size of your kitchen and the quality of the materials you choose to invest in. According to sources, homeowners spend an average of $25,440 or $150 per square foot. However, prices can increase quickly if you choose to add certain features, so be sure to include those expenses in your planning.
How do you budget for a kitchen remodel?
Start with the most significant items, such as cabinets, countertops and appliances. Once you’ve determined the price point for these main pieces in your kitchen, you will have a better understanding of the budget left for flooring, lighting, backsplash, etc.
How can I design my own kitchen?
If you’re looking for technology to keep you on track, you can look into online planners such as the RoomSketcher app. With something like this tool, your dream kitchen can be created and visualized in 3D.
There are many apps and programs that have been created to serve your kitchen design needs. A few more notable ones include the Ikea kitchen planner, Space Designer 3D, and Planner 5D.