A kitchen remodel can be a fun way to look at your space in a new way. You could begin by fantasizing about everything you’ve ever wanted in a kitchen to get your creative juices flowing for the possibilities. But when it comes down to actually realizing your dream kitchen, there are a few things you should do first. Doing these items will help you to work towards not only getting what you really want but also determining what works best within the space.  

Begin With The End 

There have been many personal development guides that have told you to begin with the end in mind. That scenario applies here as well. You should ask yourself what type of environment are you looking for? What do you want the end result to be? Are you looking for more space, a better work flow, or just new stuff? Determining the effect you are trying to achieve will help you to realize what needs to be done during the process.  

Find Inspiration 

Do you have a theme for your new kitchen design? When you decide the end result that you are looking for, you can also review your current kitchen and determine what should stay and what should go. You can figure out what could be bought new and what you can find used. Additionally, what will and won’t be able to fit into the space that you are remodeling. You could find that some of your old items will not fit in the new design. When most of these are determined, then you can look at your budget. 


When you’ve determined what you want the end result to be, and you have reviewed your items to see what can still work within your space, you can then develop a broad spectrum budget idea in regards to what the changes will cost. The first pass should be a big picture budget because you will then determine if you can afford the first figure that you come up with.  Then you can review your items again to see what needs to be adjusted. Also, it will be smart to add a certain percentage to the budget for the unforeseen expenses that always seem to come up.  

You will have expenses for the material, appliances, workers, the inconvenience costs of losing the use of your kitchen or home, and potential costs to remove old appliances.