Preliminary Planning Considerations For Your Kitchen Remodel

Written by bprescottJanuary 19, 2012
Kitchen Remodel

Planning Your Kitchen

Your kitchen-remodeling project is large or small, you need a plan. Not something sketched on a napkin or jotted down on a few scraps of paper. You need a solid, realistic, accurate plan of what you want, need, and can afford. And by a plan I mean spending time thinking through what you want your  new kitchen to be, drawing it to scale with accurate measurements, and then having the entire project reviewed and approved by your city inspectors.

Designing your kitchen takes more effort than merely measuring the existing space, deciding where to place the needed fixtures, and then ordering the materials. You need to know, for example, how choosing a darker wall color will affect the overall brightness of the kitchen. Or how a lighter wood color on the cabinets will brighten up the whole room, without even adding a light!

You may need help in some of the decision-making steps. Bringing in professionals at the right time can make planning, designing, and executing the job easier for you and can save you money in the long run. Paying the professionals for their years of experience in design or installation can be a great investment. Notice that I said “invest” and not “spend.” Upgrading your kitchen is one of the best investments you can make in your home and you want to do it right in order to reap the benefits and the highest return on the dollars spent.

Professionals also help you meet the current building codes. Meeting codes in all steps of the remodel is critical for completing the project on schedule and within your budget. An error in complying with any of the parts of any of the codes- such as building, electrical, plumbing, or heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) and will cost you time and money.



From ‘Kitchen Remodeling For Dummies’
Copyright © 2003 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana
Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.


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