9 Questions to Ask Before You Plan Your New Kitchen

Gearing up for a kitchen remodel?

Before you start tearing out your Haymarket home’s kitchen walls and replacing your cabinets, think again. Have you really carefully considered and planned this renovation?


Any remodeling project for your Haymarket residence  must be planned with care and precision.

Since you will not be working alone, it helps to discuss any ideas with the professional you’ll be working with. Doing this will help you stick to the time table and stay within your budget range.

I found this thought-provoking article from houzz.com about questions you should be asking yourself before you undertake a kitchen remodel for your Haymarket VA home.

Here’s what houzz.com has to say about it :

9 Questions to Ask Before You Plan Your New Kitchen

To get your dream kitchen, start with a strong mission and wish list, and consider where you’re willing to compromise.


1. What’s my mission? Before you do anything, it’s important to establish how you want your kitchen to function. Maybe you have a large family and want the room to be a busy hub right at the heart of the household, or perhaps you love to entertain in style and want a stunning space to show off. Ask yourself questions like: Do I love to cook or find it a necessary chore? Will we want to eat in here?

By asking these big questions before you start making smaller-scale decisions, you’ll be able to pin down exactly what you want out of your ideal space. This process also will help you answer a lot of questions as you go along, since you’ll know from the beginning what you’re aiming for.

2. What’s on my wish list? After you’ve defined the main theme of your new kitchen, it’s time to identify the nonnegotiable items that are at the top of your wish list. For some, a new kitchen is an opportunity to install that upscale range they’ve been hankering after forever. Others may want to include a quirky window seat, a piece of antique furniture or maybe an indulgent wine fridge. Hopefully, you won’t need to make compromises on these (see the next point!), but it’s worth settling on your dream items early.

3. Where should I compromise? After the pie-in-the-sky dreaming of the previous two points, it’s time to come back down to earth. Although it’s great to aim high for that bright blue fridge, it’s also necessary to ensure that such items fit both your space and your budget.

4. How do I get the most efficient layout? The layout of your kitchen is a big decision, and you may need professional advice. It’s helpful to know early on where gas and electrical outlets are going to go for each appliance, and of course drainage for plumbed items. Kitchen designers strive to create zones for cooking, washing and prepping. This is useful for the smooth running of your kitchen and for ensuring that your plumbed items can be easily drained (positioned on an outside wall or with a straight run to the outside).

5. Where do I want my lights and heating? At this planning stage, you also should consider accompanying elements of the kitchen design, such as lighting and heating. It’s so important to get your lighting right in the kitchen — not only to create a welcoming atmosphere, but also to see clearly while you’re cooking! Decide whether you need direct lighting over the work surfaces and general spotlights from the ceiling. Consider also the possibility of feature lighting in the toe kick or soffit, on the walls, or from glamorous ceiling pendants.

6. Do I need building permits? If you’re having building work done as part of the job, obtain any building permits early. If you’re undertaking this level of work, you’ll more than likely have an architect who will be able to let you know how to go about applying for the right sort of permission for the job.

7. What’s my style? After considering the practicalities, you can finally get to the fun part. If you’ve spent any happy evenings browsing on Houzz, you most likely have collected a mass of inspirational images just waiting to be translated into your own home. Informed by your mission statement and ideabook photos, you can work out your look. Maybe you’re attracted to designs that feature eclectic and quirky ideas or to a rambling farmhouse kitchen with a huge central table. Or perhaps a sleek minimalist block with hidden appliances has taken your fancy?

8. Which details should I choose? At this point, you need to start choosing things like sinks and faucets, countertops, and appliances. Try to pin down the associated elements as well, such as wall tile and flooring.

9. Whom shall I hire? Perhaps the most important decision you’ll make when undertaking a building project is choosing the right people to work on it.

Read more about this article here : https://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/92520089/list/9-questions-to-ask-before-you-plan-your-new-kitchen




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