A love a house with a big kitchen, but as you all know our budget is ALWAYS tight hence the need to renovate the old one has to step aside.
Tile or linoleum? Carpet or hardwood flooring? The questions and choices are endless.
Here are some practical tips I found in Squidoo. Hope this helps!
Once you have decided that you want to try to design your own kitchen, it is important to figure out what you like and don’t like about your current kitchen. Not enough countertop space? Need more seating area? Don’t like where the refrigerator is located? Write them down so that you have notes to refer back to.
Start visiting your friends… I know that sounds like a strange step in the process, but it is important to get ideas anywhere you can. Check out DYI magazines, Home Improvement books, and search the internet. It is important to have a good idea of what you want your kitchen layout to look like before you get started.
Think about the kind of kitchen cabinets you want. Are you going to try to do it yourself, or are you going have them professionally installed? Do you want customized cabinets, or are you looking to save money and use RTA kitchen cabinets? Do you want Painted or Stained? Oak, Maple, Chestnut, Alder, or Cherry? While you may have some pre-conceived ideas about what kind of cabinets you want, it is important to research all your options. With improvements in quality and design, (RTA) Ready-To-Assemble Kitchen Cabinets are now a great, cost effective alternative to spending thousands of dollars on custom cabinets.
Research your Countertop materials. Do you want Laminate, Ceramic Tile, Solid Surface, or Granite? Concrete countertops are now an option, and there are also some great resources out there if you are looking to do your countertops yourself. While cost is always going to be a factor in which type of countertop you select, you should also consider how heavily it is going to use, and what kind of abuse it is going to take.
Look at the appliances. Decide what types of appliances you need. Get accurate dimensions of size and rough openings for appliances you plan to use. Remember, before you can order cabinetry or finalize your kitchen design, you must have these dimensions to know what size cabinets you need.
Take accurate measurements of your kitchen (there is a section on taking measurements below). Draw a floor plan of your existing cabinetry & one showing the items you would like to change. It is very important to accurately measure where water lines, gas lines, etc. are located.