Planning for a Kitchen Remodel

7 Tips About Remodeling Your Kitchen

We’ve all been there. We walk into our kitchens and it suddenly strikes us that everything looks old! Whether it’s the cabinetry, the appliances, or the countertops, the space no longer has the appeal that it first did. Before you grab that sledgehammer and start destroying what you have, hit the pause button and read on!

To determine a budget, decide if the following will be a part of your remodel.

  • Cabinets
  • Counters
  • Flooring
  • Appliances
  • Plumbing and fixtures
  • Lighting
  • Backsplash
  • Kitchen Window


Grab a notepad and pencil and pull up a chair. Before you start tearing your kitchen apart you need to have a plan. There are two planning phases here and they play off each other. Your first plan is to design what you do want. There are some fantastic online apps that you can plug the dimensions of your kitchen in to and then design the style and colors of what you want your kitchen to look like. Keep in mind:

  • Lighting: How much natural light does the space get
  • Practicality: If the flow of your kitchen still works for you then don’t change it just for the sake of change
  • Upgrades: Think about the upgrades that will increase your homes market value
  • DIY vs Contractor: Be honest about your skillset and if in doubt, hire it out
  • Budget: This one is huge. Give some wiggle room but stick to it

Lighting: Style vs Function

Most people figure lighting is lighting and if it’s adequate that’s all that matters. Nothing could be further from the truth. You need to consider the type of lighting fixtures for the space you have. If your kitchen is on the small side, steer away from fixtures that are too large. You want your lighting to enhance your space, not become the focal point.

  • Keep the muted mood lighting over eating areas
  • Think brighter lights for food prep areas, the sink, and the stove.
  • Lighting can be dimmed as well as change color temperature creating moods conducive to what your space is.
  • Let your space decide the size of your fixtures
  • Go for thinner counters to give a sense of lightness and grace while maintaining function
  • Use Xenon lighting for lights that dim or areas that need a wide beam of light
  • LED lighting is energy-efficient and small enough that you don’t need a large lip to hide fixtures

A Smooth Flow

Just because this is a kitchen remodel doesn’t mean it can’t have a nice flow while being practical. If the flow is great and you’re just wanting new cabinetry and upgraded appliances, then do that. If the flow is clunky and makes the function of the kitchen difficult to navigate, then do a complete remodel. Go for a nice blend of what you want and what you need.

  • Keep your styles grouped. Don’t mix vintage with classic
  • Don’t get too matchy. You don’t want solid groups of color. Even if all black or white is your scheme, add at least one other color.
  • Steer away from the latest trends unless they absolutely appeal to you and will actually add to the function of your kitchen
  • Put facades in the floor to create clean, linear lines
  • Consider pocket doors that can create a break between different areas
  • Make a full list of your priorities, including what you consider “must have” and what you can live without.
  • Think about what the current trends are and whether they appeal to you.
  • Consider how long your renovation will take and whether the room will be usable during that time.
  • Take the time to plan out your budget and make sure to account for the unexpected.
  • Don’t forget to think through storage needs, traffic flow, and lighting.

Appealing Appliances

Appliances are really about functionality but the type of appliances you have can really affect the feeling and appearance of your kitchen. When you’re thinking about your kitchen remodel, consider the age of your appliances. Are they more than 10 years old? Do they kind of work but not how they once used to? Then you might want to replace them.

  • Chrome can create a contemporary or industrial space
  • Consider the needs of the household when choosing refrigerators. Bottom freezers options are great for everyone
  • Look for appliances that won’t clash with your chosen kitchen style

Remodeling on a Budget

Just because you have a budget, doesn’t mean your kitchen can’t look great. Staying within your budget isn’t difficult if you know where to look. There are some fantastic options for finding reasonable labor and reduced, but quality, materials. Think outside the box. Don’t be afraid to look close to home for options.

A kitchen remodel doesn’t need to mean a total overhaul. You can make this as big, or small, of a project as you want. The key here is in the planning. Just jumping in without having a plan will guarantee you a project that costs more than you want with results that are less than fabulous.


Around the Corner

Corners can be a difficult space to use but with the options below you’ll be able to find an option that works for your space and will create a look you love.

Pull out shelves: Two height-adjustable peanut-shaped shelves snake out and to the side in one fluid motion. The shelves fully extend, so there's no reaching inside for items tucked in the rear

Double sliding shelves: A front set of shelves slide out and to one side, allowing a second set tucked in the corner to slide forward

Half-moon lazy susan: An update of the old reach-in-and-spin organizer has two pivoting half-circle shelves that slide out from the cabinet.

Le-Man Corner solutions offer unique opening systems perfect for large appliances like mixers or juicers.