Is a new kitchen in your future? Is this the year you resolve to stop settling for mediocre and stop getting by with the inconveniences of your current kitchen? Perhaps now is the perfect time to contact a Dura Supreme kitchen designer and begin making plans for your new kitchen. The new kitchen where your family and friends will gather and celebrate together!
For many, remodeling your kitchen seems like a monumental undertaking – one that keeps getting put off until you have more time. With these 5 tips for getting started, we can help make the process so much easier – and so much more fun and exciting!
#1. Gather Your Inspiration
Gather images online and from magazines of kitchens, you love! Tear out magazine photos and print out online images. Jot down exactly what you like about the photo so you can easily and succinctly communicate these details to your kitchen designer. Focus on the following areas:
- Overall layout (island or peninsula? What type of corner cabinet? etc.)
- The color palette for the cabinetry as well as for flooring, tile, countertops, etc.
- Specific storage features and solutions.
#2. Note Your “Don’t Likes”
Take 15-30 minutes and write down all of the things you don’t like about your current kitchen. Take note of any inconveniences or storage issues, placement of specific cabinets or appliances, colors that don’t appeal to you, and surfaces that don’t clean easily. Be as specific as possible. Take photos of your current kitchen from several different angles so you can easily discuss details with your kitchen designer. In addition, if there are specific things you love about your current kitchen, take note of those details as well.
#3. Determine Your Budget
Establish your budget or at the very least, have a general, realistic idea for what you can invest in your new kitchen. Your budget will depend on a lot of different factors including whether or not you are working within your current kitchen space or if you are removing walls to create a larger kitchen as well as the types of countertops, flooring, plumbing fixtures, and appliances. Having a general budget plan will help your kitchen designer create a plan that works well for you. If you are not sure where to start, this is something you can approach your kitchen designer for help with. As a general rule, cabinetry will be approximately 40% of the total cost of your kitchen remodel.
Dura Supreme Cabinetry kitchen design by Helena Steele of Golden Gate Kitchens, California. Photo by Christopher Stark Photography.
#4. Start Investigating Appliance Options
Visit an appliance retailer to make decisions on your appliance package. Your kitchen designer will need the appliance information as they plan your kitchen layout, and as they finalize your cabinetry order. Some cabinets will need to be ordered a specific way to integrate seamlessly with the appliances you choose.
#5. Discuss Your Project with a Kitchen & Bath Designer
Visit your local Dura Supreme Showroom and begin discussing your project with a professional kitchen and bath designer. Your Dura Supreme kitchen designer will consult with you about your new kitchen project and guide you through the entire process, from the very beginning stages all the way through installation.