Kitchen Planning 101

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”

We’ve all heard this old adage used when emphasizing the importance of planning. And we firmly believe detailed planning is the key to a successful renovation – whether big or small. That’s why we’re sharing our top planning tips for each space in your home. This week, we’re talking about one of the most used areas in your home – the kitchen. What are my options? What should I factor into a kitchen renovation? What kind of timeline should I expect? Whether it’s a complete overhaul or a simple remodel, kitchen renos require basic pre-planning before the work begins.

What are your needs?

When you meet with a contractor to discuss a kitchen renovation, one of the first questions asked will be what you envision for the space. Think about your day-to-day and share which activities occur in the kitchen. If your family likes to eat breakfast in the kitchen, then a breakfast nook or bar top may be a nice addition. If there’s usually more than one cook in the kitchen, then an island or countertops with plenty of prep space would be ideal.

Factor in new appliances.

Will you be installing new appliances? If you’re kicking old appliances to the curb, then the kitchen layout and exact dimensions should be determined ahead of the remodel to ensure each piece will fit the space. Appliance measurements need to be factored in before cabinets, countertops and any other items are installed.


While not the most exciting of topics, the budget is one of the most important factors when it comes to any renovation. Once your contractor and designer knows the amount you’re comfortable spending on the reno, they can make decisions on materials and supplies based on that number.

Get organized.

A full kitchen renovation can be daunting because it means packing up all of those culinary odds and ends and storing them before work ensues. The key is to stay organized. Label boxes and keep those items used most frequently all together so you’re not digging through bins every day.


The best kitchens have excellent flow. Several kitchen layouts are described by a letter – U, I, C, G or L. Think about how you move about the space and what makes the most sense for you. Is there room for a kitchen island? What needs to be in easy reach? Ensure there’s space for all doors to open fully and easily. A functional kitchen is a happy kitchen!


From the initial meeting with a contractor and designer, to selecting and ordering materials, to demo and completion, a renovation takes time and shouldn’t be rushed. Depending on the materials and size of the reno, a kitchen remodel can take anywhere from four to twelve weeks. If you’re hoping to have your new kitchen for an upcoming family gathering or holiday dinner, make sure you contact your general contractor well in advance of the big day to ensure your space will be ready in time.


The options are endless when it comes to selecting materials. Crisp white subway tiles for a backsplash. Stone countertops. Sleek stainless steel appliances. Your material selections may also affect your timeline. Custom cabinetry will take considerably longer than ordering something pre-designed, such as an IKEA kitchen. (For more info. on IKEA kitchens, check out our conversation with Staged for Upsell: .)

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Happy planning!


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