Guide to Planning Your New Kitchen Layout

Are you trying to put your vision of the perfect kitchen onto paper? Don’t be discouraged if you find it to be harder than it looks.  A dream kitchen is a labor of love and every ounce of effort you invest will yield a tremendous return. This guide will help you navigate the kitchen planning process step-by-step so that you can end up with a plan you’re proud to show off.

The 3 Step Process

The three-step process to design a kitchen includes dreaming up your ideal layout, writing down a concise explanation of your vision, and then turning that vision into a workable reality. This process may sound simple but for many, but each step is full of variables. Nobody makes a perfect kitchen plan the first time around – even professional designers use a variation of these three steps.

Let’s start with the first step. Dreaming up a kitchen that combines your wants and needs is difficult, especially when we let the former overshadow the latter. Think about all of the most troublesome annoyances of your current kitchen. Is the trashcan too far away? No place for a chopping block? Considerations like these are easy to overlook, that is, until you live with a kitchen that lacks these types of critical functionalities. Details like trashcan placement may not be as exciting as granite color or curtain styles but these details are what make a kitchen feel complete.

Now that you have put some thought into the workflow of your ideal kitchen, it’s time to write everything down. Don’t just make a list of your desired features – make a full kitchen layout diagram. Look at other kitchen layouts for inspiration. You don’t have to draw everything to perfect scale, but you do need to know how to make a proper layout plan otherwise the entire job is at the mercy of your designer or installers.

You know what you want, and you know where you want it. The next step is to track down a professional to administer practical revisions. Don’t skip this step, no matter how confident you feel about the plan. A professional kitchen designer will be able to tell you whether your drawers will block the footpath, or if the island sink would be more efficient if moved two inches to the left. The cost of a consultation is negligible when you consider how much money it costs to remodel a kitchen. Consulting a design professional is the best way to make sure your investment pays off.

Your kitchen can only be as good as the layout. No amount of luxury appliances or snappy countertops can make up for the impact of a poorly designed layout. Planning a kitchen layout can be a fun, exciting experience – especially if you take the process slowly.

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