Find inspiration Before starting repairs, you must have a clear idea of the future space. There are many platforms to help you choose a direction or give you ideas – Pinterest, Instagram, niche websites, and magazines. Take your time to make a decision – updating the kitchen requires a lot of effort and financial investment, so the result should be as close to ideal as possible.
Plan your budget Explore approximate prices for the kitchen of your dreams. Estimate the cost of finishing, this is where you can save, but not on quality, but on an alternative choice of materials. For example, you can completely abandon tiles – use a self-leveling floor, and choose a special washable paint for a kitchen apron.
Create a layout Create a layout in an online planner, use a similar service in a furniture store, or contact an experienced designer. You must trust the specialist, as he can give you valuable advice about the future of the space, and you will decide whether to listen to them or not. Don’t order a kitchen the same day you first drew the layout. Think about ergonomics, think about storage, most likely you will want to finalize the sketch after a while.
Find a reliable contractor From a quick, high-quality, and successful repair to a complete disaster, you are only one step away – from choosing a contractor. In Europe, the recommendations of acquaintances work great, but often the projects of good craftsmen are planned a year in advance. Take advantage of special services – the reviews left will help you decide on a contractor.
Set up a temporary kitchen During the renovation, you will not be able to use the kitchen, so this issue should be considered in advance. If possible, put an electric kettle, a slow cooker and a compact electric stove in another room. Even if it seems to you that the renovation will take only a couple of weeks, it will be quite difficult to live without homemade food if you are used to cooking.
Focus on functionality The material of the facades, the color of the walls and dining chairs – all this should go by the wayside. When renovating a kitchen, the functionality should always come first. Even if your goal is an aesthetically pleasing space, with a small countertop or sink in an awkward position, it will be very uncomfortable for you to cook.
Buy the right equipment One of the most important decisions in the arrangement of the kitchen is the choice of household appliances. It is necessary to think in advance not only about large built-in items, such as an oven, hob, and dishwasher but also about the location of compact appliances – a coffee machine, toaster, blender, etc. Of course, you should pay attention to the appearance of the devices, but remember that the built-in white equipment will almost always be more expensive than its counterpart in black.