Thursday, February 3rd, 2022 by Susan Raisanen
It’s common for homeowners in Scottsdale to spend six months or longer researching before making an appointment to visit our showroom to discuss creating the kitchen of their dreams. Often, however, all of the prep work tends to leave homeowners with more questions than answers and not having a firm grasp on where and how to begin the process of creating their dream kitchen.
The kitchen is the epicenter of any home, but the way that the kitchen is used varies greatly among our Scottsdale homeowners. A good starting point is to determine who will use your kitchen and how — will you use the space to prepare meals, entertain friends and family, etc.? What other activities will take place in your kitchen? Does your kitchen double as a home office or place for remote learning or homework? Listing all of the uses and users will help you determine your priorities and budget and provide the information your designer needs to meet your functionality requirements.
The size of your space is another critical factor. If you have a copy of the original kitchen plans, have those available, as well. The dimensions and layout of your home will help designers to determine if an island, one of the most requested kitchen features, is possible. If space is at a premium, a peninsula might be a fallback.
Another important consideration is traffic flow. Your new kitchen should make it easier to prepare meals, eat, clean up and navigate through the room without bumping into things or others. If you currently bump into other family members while in the kitchen, let your designer know.
Make another list identifying all of the things that you want to store in your kitchen and note the approximate sizes of those items. A well-designed kitchen is an organized kitchen. Most homeowners appreciate clean, clutter-free countertops. When a designer knows the utensils, cutlery, plates, pots, pans, books, computers, small appliances, etc. that you want at your fingertips they can develop the right storage solutions for your project.
Think about how you want the new space to feel. What are your favorite colors and styles? Do you prefer to make big bold statements or lean towards more serene environments? Create idea books on Pinterest or Houzz and include photos of and information about the appliances, faucets, sinks, lighting fixtures, cabinets, door hardware, tile, granite, stone, or other materials you would like to use in your new kitchen. Once your designer knows your preferences, he or she can develop the solutions that meet your needs, preferences, and budget.
Let your designer know what you like and would like to change about your existing space. If your space is too small, your designer may look to open up the kitchen to create more space. Adding windows or doors that allow natural light can change the look and feel of a room. An experienced designer will know how to incorporate your preferences and achieve the functionality you desire.
Have a budget in mind. Most clients are reticent to talk about budgets upfront. Sometimes budgets are realistic and other times they are not. What you see on home improvement television shows rarely reflects the real world. On television, they don’t account for the cost of labor, and labor is typically 30 percent of the cost of a new kitchen and 70 percent of the cost of a new bath. A good rule of thumb is to budget 10 to 20 percent of the value of your home for your new kitchen. The range will depend on the scope of the renovation, the size of the space and the materials selected. Sharing your budget with your designer helps to set the tone, saves time, and reduces the likelihood of the unexpected.
Also, consider how involved you want to be in your project. Do you want to be involved in every detail or would you prefer to rely on your designer to develop solutions for your review and approval? Either option is fine, but to help your designer save you time and energy, communicate this information upfront.
Action Items That Help Save Time and Provide the Place to Start Creating Your Dream Kitchen:
How else can you arrive at the right place to start your new dream kitchen? Give us a call at 1-480-367-1171 or register to attend our upcoming Remodeling Seminar.