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Update: Ask most homeowners what home improvements they would make if money were no object and most would instantly say they’d change their kitchen! However, giving a fresh lease of life to a tired old kitchen is only half the battle; a kitchen design remodel means you can change the layout and functionality of your kitchen to make it work more effectively for you. A kitchen with a refrigerator far from the main cooking area or with a small sink in the corner of the room is not ideal and makes preparing food that much harder. Starting again and completely re-thinking the design of your kitchen can be a great way to get the kitchen of your dreams.

There are many possible reasons to remodel a kitchen. A kitchen design remodel, however, is probably the most popular. Over time, there are changes in the way families use a kitchen and in the appliances and other functional expectations of the space. Changing kitchen design can turn a country kitchen into a gourmet kitchen. It can take an awkward arrangement of the “working triangle” and create something that is more comfortable when cooking. Small cramped spaces can be expanded into roomy areas that become the center of family activity.

A kitchen design remodel, obviously, begins with the creation of a new design that will accomplish your goals in the available space. But where should you begin? A good first step in creating your new design will be to carefully consider (and possibly list) what you like about the existing kitchen and what you believe cannot or should not be changed. For example, if you like the size and location of a pantry, this would be something you don’t want to change. Next consider all the elements you want to replace — perhaps you hate the cabinets or you want to change from an electric range to a gas range. Then it becomes easier to decide what will be different in your new design. Will you take out a wall between the kitchen and the dining room or the family room to open up the space? Will you remove the wall and replace it with a breakfast bar?

Once you have a basic design for your new kitchen, you will need to evaluate the cost factors and challenges of that design. For example, if you plan to move the sink to the other side of the room, you can expect to rack up some serious plumbing costs. Similarly, if there is no gas line running into your kitchen, you will have to plan for the cost of getting the gas line to the new stove. What about the windows? Will they be changed? What changes will be necessary to provide adequate lighting to newly created workspaces?

The next step will be to decide what to keep, what to modify, and what to replace. For example, will you completely replace your cabinets? Or will you re-face them or add decorative moldings to them? Will you move them? Will you replace the countertops?

What about your appliances? Will you keep them, reface them or replace them?

Next you will need to choose materials and make choices. What kind of flooring will you use — tile, vinyl, hardwood? What kind of new cabinets will you purchase? Will you enlarge windows? Will you replace windows? What kind of lighting fixtures will you use? What kind of plumbing fixtures will you select?

Part of the fun of a kitchen design remodel is the chance to start again and design the kitchen of your dreams. Part of the challenge of a kitchen design remodel might be keeping the cost as low as possible. If your budget is tight, there are two approaches to consider. First, re-use as much as possible. Second, do the major work and delay replacing items until a later date. For example, you can always continue to use a working refrigerator for another year and replace it after you pay for the construction. You can also live with an ugly faucet and replace it later. Refacing cabinets might be more than a way to save money — you actually might have higher quality cabinets than what you can buy today. You might be wise to think of the long term and just make the changes that will update the look of the cabinets, such as changing the doors or the hardware or painting the cabinets and adding decorative moldings.

Creativity is the key to a successful kitchen design remodel. By developing a three-year or five-year replacement plan, you can gradually create your dream kitchen without breaking the bank all at once.