The kitchen is the heart, the nucleus of your home. Everyday activities revolve around it and frequently the kitchen becomes the center of entertaining in your home. A kitchen must serve many masters and there are many things to consider when planning a kitchen: cabinet style, finish, hardware, storage needs, function, as well as the desired amount of counter space.
Whether you’re designing a new kitchen or remodeling your existing one, it all begins with careful planning — an essential step if the final result is to meet all your requirements.
Start by thinking about your present kitchen. Jot down those things that you like and don’t like about it. Think about how you use your kitchen. Is it just you and your family or do you like to encourage visitors to join you. Here are some other questions to help you get an idea of what you’re looking for in your new kitchen:
- Do you want a work island?
- How many drawers do you need?
- Do you want built-in or free standing appliances?
- What type of flooring do you want?
- Do you have a preference for countertop material?
Collecting all this information before talking with a kitchen designer will help the process move along more smoothly. If you’re near a Chase-Pitkin Kitchen & Bath Design Center, you’ll find experienced kitchen designers ready to work with you. They’ll give you an easy to use Kitchen Planner to help you organize your ideas, wants, and needs for your new kitchen all in one place. It will serve as a starting point. Once you’ve completed the Kitchen Planning Guide, your next step is to sit down with your designer to begin work on the layout and make your selections of cabinets, hardware, countertop, and other items. Your dream kitchen is on its way to becoming a reality!