Remodel / Renovate / Update What you need to know before you start your project!


You will get the very best result if you start with a clear picture of your lifestyle.  Before making decisions about materials for your “new” rooms you should consider how you intend to use the space you are creating.  We’ll use the kitchen throughout this discussion, but the concept is the same for every room in your home.  The everyday essentials are what matter the most.


  • Do you entertain large numbers of people or are your gatherings more likely to be small intimate dinner parties?
  • Are you a passionate cook, dreaming of a professional style kitchen?
  • Are you always on the move and need an extremely efficient arrangement?


These nuances are what will allow your designer to tailor your kitchen to your lifestyle.  You can help your designer create a kitchen that will suit the way you will use it.  Knowing yourself and communicating will help you reach your goals.  Planning on paper will make the process easy.


Keep an Eye on the Key Elements!

One of the most critical elements of kitchen layout is the appliances.  Researching appliance options is a great first step in a kitchen project. Purchasing new appliances should be carefully coordinated with your overall design and especially with your kitchen cabinetry.


Do you need a range-exhaust hood to accommodate steamy pots or a downdraft vent to keep slight-lines open or to make room for more storage area?

Did you always want a bigger refrigerator?  Do you have enough pantry space?

Are you intending to ad a prep-sink or do you want to dedicate part of your kitchen as a wet-bar?


Nothing shoots up remodel costs like changing your mind!

A budget is always essential; it will help balance economy and emotion.  Designing a gorgeous kitchen that costs double what you want to spend is disappointing as it is frustrating for all concerned.

Remember a picture is worth a thousand words. It is also great way to share your definition of “contemporary”…”classic” … or  “retro” – by example.

Decision-making fatigue is common, yet, ultimately it’s you, the homeowner, who best understands their habits and objectives.  Knowing what you want is just half of the equation.  It is your job to communicate your vision to your designer.


The Bottom line

Assess your real needs or even better, what you don’t need and convey them with confidence.