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The plethora of choices when remodeling your kitchen can become overwhelming for homeowners. You may be searching online, clipping articles, and asking yourself: “where do I start with my kitchen remodel?”

To make the “big” selections a bit easier to understand, I divide them into 4 areas:

  • appliances that update the kitchen’s functionality
  • cabinetry that becomes the “WOW” factor
  • counters that are unbelievably durable
  • flooring that holds up for years to come

But even when you have a handle on these four areas, your kitchen remodel will not be successful without a detailed plan.

It’s all about the plan.

From the smallest galley kitchen to the large kitchen with multiple door entries, you always need a plan. A “red flag” will always go up for me as a designer when a homeowner thinks they can start a remodel without a detailed space plan.

A successful kitchen remodel plan will include cabinet manufacturer and specifications, countertop templating, sink and fixture specifications and placements, installation and mechanical layouts, and a lighting plan.

Buried in the nitty-gritty, space planning is exactly how a kitchen designer can keep homeowners from spending unnecessary time and money. From this detailed plan, an affordable budget and clear schedule can be established. And believe me, the design details can be amazing, even for modest kitchen renovations!

Don’t lose time wondering, “where do I start with my kitchen remodel?” Get help with a kitchen designer’s plan! If you’re looking for more advice on kitchen design, see our post “How to Design your Kitchen Like a Pro.” If you’d like to consider kitchen remodeling yourself, see our blog post “Hire a Professional or Do it Yourself?