The kitchen is the most important room in your home. It’s where you prepare meals, and maybe where you eat some of them. It’s where you entertain guests, the kids do homework, and the family congregates at the start of the day, and again at the end of it. By any metric, the kitchen is the “hub” of your home. For all these reasons and more, designing a kitchen to be your “dream kitchen” is a worthwhile process. Whether you’re building a new house and working with the architect to plan the kitchen, thinking about a kitchen renovation, or just planning to replace your old refrigerator or oven range with top-performing high-end appliances, your investment has the potential to pay big dividends in the future.
The question is, how can you go about designing a kitchen that truly meets all your wants and needs?
Here are a few tips to help you along the way:
Establish a budget
Kitchen customization can take multiple forms and fit a variety of budgets. If you are building from scratch, you have the benefit of treating your kitchen like a blank canvas. You can get the fixtures, countertops, flooring, and appliances you like—and you can lay it all out so that your kitchen functions perfectly for your purposes. If you are working with an existing kitchen, you have a few more constraints in terms of space, but you can also do a lot, mainly depending on what your budget is.
Remember: you don’t have to do a complete renovation to customize your kitchen. Gutting the space and redesigning from the ground up can be thrilling, but it’s also costly. The kitchen is the most expensive room in the house, a total gut and remodel might not be completely necessary. You could opt to replace the appliances, or maybe you’ll keep the cabinets but replace the countertops with something better. Regardless, having a budget in mind will make it a lot easier to 1) decide on a feasible vision for your kitchen, and 2) figure out what you can spend on each part of your kitchen to-do list.
Think about how you use your kitchen
What constitutes the “perfect kitchen” is going to be slightly different for every person or family. Thinking about how you use your kitchen—or how you wish you could use your kitchen is, therefore, the most important thing you can do in the lead-up to a kitchen customization project.
Here are a few key considerations that will help you orient your kitchen design:
- The appliances you want: A few kitchen appliances are standard in any kitchen. You need a refrigerator, an oven, and a stove. You also need a dishwasher and a microwave. Even beyond these basic essentials, though, there are plenty of appliances that can make your life easier. Perhaps you want a warming drawer so that you can make sure every part of a meal is hot when it’s time to serve. Maybe you want a compact fridge meant specifically for wine or other beverages. Perhaps you’ve always wanted a trash compactor in your kitchen. Make a list of the appliances you want and need, as these purchases will be one of the biggest parts of your kitchen project.
- Variations in appliances: There’s quite a bit of variation in appliances, even in a specific category. The classic example is the stove or range: some homeowners like electric stoves, while others categorically prefer cooking with gas. There is variation elsewhere, too. With a refrigerator, you’ll need to decide whether you like a side-by-side fridge-freezer setup or one where the freezer is on the top or the bottom. With ovens, you’ll have to determine whether you have a use for a double wall oven. With ranges, you’ll have different options regarding the number of burners. Think about what you like and what you need, given the size of your family and other factors.
- Color and look: How your appliances look will largely define the aesthetic and feel of your kitchen. For instance, matching stainless steel appliances help create a very modern/contemporary feel. A white refrigerator, meanwhile, has a more classic or traditional aesthetic. You should make these choices on a macro level, alongside decisions about flooring styles, cabinet colors, countertops, and more. You want to make sure everything looks good together, as well as individually.
- Layout and flow: Beyond just choosing the right appliances for your kitchen, you will want to make sure they are all in the right spots. The layout and flow of your kitchen are crucial considerations for a project that involves a more in-depth redesign of the kitchen space. If you are only replacing appliances, it stands to reason that the new stove will go right where the old one was. If you are remodeling the space completely, you might prefer to tweak the layout of the room. Your top goal here should be to minimize the number of steps necessary to get around the kitchen when you are in full food-prep mode.
Cycling through these considerations will help you orient your kitchen customization project so that you know where you want to go and can start sketching out a way to get there.
Work with Starpower to Find and Install State-of-the-Art Home Appliances
Appliances are heavy and cumbersome, and setting them up isn’t always as easy as it looks. At Starpower, we can simplify your range and rangehood setup, or assist with your built-in refrigerator installation. We are also the perfect place to shop for appliances. We have a massive selection, spanning all different styles, appliance sizes, and price ranges. You can start browsing our appliance collection online, using filtering tools to find appliances from certain brands or target specific prices. We would also be happy to give you some recommendations on appliances, based on whatever you have in mind. Contact us today to get help with your kitchen customization project.