Where to begin?
Start out by visiting building suppliers, retail outlets and kitchen showrooms to find out what’s
available and get an idea of prices. Depending on how extensive your renovation plans, it’s also
wise to talk with a professional renovation contractor to get a clear idea of the work involved. When
it comes to any home improvement project, especially a kitchen project, planning is key.
What are your objectives?
Ask yourself some simple questions like: What am I hoping to accomplish? Do I need more space
for storage or work space? Do I just want to brighten things up or update the look of my kitchen?
Do I want better traffic flow? A nice breakfast area? What don’t I like about my existing kitchen?
Answering these questions will help you and your contractor determine your needs and wants.
Bigger is not necessarily better
Do you really need a larger work area or could your existing space be used more efficiently? Often
older kitchens are poorly laid out with lots of wasted space. Today’s kitchens are designed to make
the most effective use of cupboards, counters and shelving. If you do need a larger room, is it
possible to relocate a small bathroom or closet to another area of your home? Or would bigger
windows help open up the kitchen?
Do you need a designer?
Sometimes it is difficult for a homeowner to see beyond what you have. You may not be able to
visualize the possibilities. A kitchen designer may be able to provide you with ideas and suggest
things you may never have thought of.
How long will it take?
A typical kitchen renovation involves three stages: preparing the room, installing cabinets and
counter tops, and completing the job including tiles, floor cover, trim, lighting etc. Whether you are
doing the work yourself or having a renovator take care of it for you, it’s a good idea to create a
work schedule and plan to be without your kitchen for a few weeks or longer depending on the
extent of your project. Most homeowners will set up a temporary kitchen in another area of the
home during renovations.
Plan for success
Any home renovation project will be somewhat disruptive, but careful planning before you begin will
keep the chaos to a minimum. Experienced renovators suggest you don’t make a single purchase
until you have decided on everything from the style and colour scheme to the size and scope of
your project. Get samples from suppliers and review everything together to make sure it matches
and coordinates for the look you want to achieve.