The Ultimate Guide to Planning Your Kitchen Renovation

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This guide will give you inspiration, must-knows not shared behind trending kitchen remodel designs and the price tag associated with those pins in your “dream kitchen” board. To make things simple, we’ve even broken it down into 4 easy steps. The steps we’re sharing here are interrelated, meaning that the first step flows naturally into the second, and so on. We’ve structured it this way so that you can prioritize your kitchen renovation “wish list”.

With us? Let’s look at how you can achieve the kitchen of your dreams this year!

Choosing a Kitchen Renovation Layout

One-wall.  This layout is generally found in condos or loft spaces because it’s the ultimate space saver. Cabinets and appliances are fixed on a single wall.

Galley. This efficient layout is ideal for smaller spaces and one-cook kitchens. The galley kitchen, also called a walk-through kitchen, is characterized by two walls opposite of each other—or two parallel countertops with a walkway in between them.

Galley Kitchen Renovation

L-Shape. An L-shaped kitchen solves the problem of maximizing corner space, and it’s a smart design for small and medium sized kitchens. The versatile L-shaped kitchen consists of countertops on two adjoining walls that are perpendicular, forming an L.

L-Shaped Kitchen Renovation

Horseshoe. The horseshoe, or U-shape, kitchen layout has three walls of cabinets/appliances. Today, this design has evolved from three walls to an L-shaped kitchen with an island forming the third “wall.”

Horseshoe kitchen renovation

Island. A working kitchen island may include appliances and cabinetry for storage—and it always adds additional work surface to a kitchen. It can provide a place to eat (with stools), to prepare food (with a sink) and to store beverages (with a wine cooler).

Kitchen Renovation with Island

Now that you know a little about each kitchen layout; think about how you use your space and which layout will accommodate your daily routines. Time for the next step….

Kitchen Styles for Your Kitchen Renovation

The internet makes it easy to research a wide range of kitchen styles, textures, patterns and colors. All this is available at your fingertips, which makes it tough to narrow down a design choice. But with a few simple considerations and a general assessment of your style preferences, it’s easy to select the kitchen renovation style that will work best for you.

Farmhouse-style kitchens don’t necessarily evoke a sense of sophistication. Instead, they present a bright, rustic feel, with dark and light-colored designs paired with a bit of vintage flavor. Consider including furniture-styles cabinets, apron sinks and lantern pendants to create a farmhouse look.

Cottage-style kitchen renovation

Contemporary-style kitchens. If sophistication is your style choice, consider pairing dark cabinets with white countertops made from marble or granite stone. Stainless steel surfaces would also work well in this kitchen design. Keep countertop clutter to a minimum, choosing instead to stow away excess appliances and accessories in storage areas.

Contemporary Kitchen Renovation

Traditional kitchens typically incorporate painted cabinets with or without glass front doors, simple granite countertops, and hardwood floors. The best traditional kitchens lean on classic elements, while still allowing room for family fun or guest entertainment.

Traditional Kitchen Renovation

When you are choosing your kitchen style, it’s important to consider how you will be using the space. For example, granite or stainless-steel countertops are ideal for heavily used spaces, while marble and wood countertops will require more maintenance.

Speaking of materials for your kitchen renovation, let’s jump into the next step…

Choosing Materials for Your Kitchen Renovation

Before you shop for appliances and choose the material for your countertops, make sure you have a well-thought-out plan for your kitchen renovation. You should identify goals and priorities, with the help of our articles and product guides:

  • Countertops & Backsplashes
  • Appliances
  • Flooring
  • Lighting
  • Cabinets

With your floor plan, kitchen design goals and materials in mind, you’re ready for the next step…

Your Kitchen Renovation Investment

Now that we’ve covered the must-knows, it’s time to dive into the investment you’ll want to put towards your kitchen renovation. For this step, we’ve referenced Hanley Wood’s 2018 Cost vs. Value report for the Portland area. We’ve even broken it down into the three most common kitchen renovation sizes. Take a look:

Minor Kitchen Remodel – Midrange

Some features

  • Leave cabinet boxes in place but replace fronts with new shaker-style wood panels and drawer fronts, including new hardware.
  • Replace cooktop/oven range and slide-in refrigerator with new energy-efficient models.
  • Replace laminate countertops; install midpriced sink and faucet.
  • Repaint trim, add wall covering, and remove and replace resilient flooring.

Cost: Starts upwards of $20,000

Major Kitchen Remodel – Midrange

Some features

  • Semi-custom wood cabinets.
  • Kitchen island.
  • Replace laminate countertops.
  • Double-tub stainless-steel sink with new faucet.
  • Energy-efficient range, ventilation system, built-in microwave, dishwasher, garbage disposal, and custom lighting.
  • Add new resilient flooring.
  • Finish with painted walls, trim, and ceiling.

Cost: Starts upwards of $50,000

Major Kitchen Remodel – Upscale

Some features:

  • Top-of-the-line custom white cabinets with built-in sliding shelves and other interior accessories.
  • Stone countertops with imported ceramic- or glass-tile backsplash.
  • Built-in refrigerator, commercial grade cooktop and vent hood, wall oven, and built-in microwave unit.
  • High-end undermount sink with designer faucets and water filtration system.
  • New general and task lighting, including low-voltage undercabinet lights.
  • Install tile or similar flooring that looks like wood.

Cost: Starts upwards 0f $90,000

Keep in mind that these costs will vary depending on the type of materials, products and manufactures you choose for your kitchen renovation. To get a cost range for your project, start by consulting with a Designer.

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