You've decided to remodel your kitchen. Now what? Not knowing where to start, many homeowners fall into two camps. Some start by looking at appliances. Others start by collecting inspiring kitchen photos. Some decide they need more room. Others simply want to upgrade their current kitchen. Homeowners may find themselves in this exploration stage for a year or longer before they start interviewing kitchen designers or general contractors.
Once you've pondered long enough and you're ready to green-light a kitchen remodeling project, then what? We'll start with the first 9 steps and we'll get into the nitty-gritty details under specific steps as we move through the complete workbook.
Step 1: Think about what you need
This step is all about how you use your kitchen, and finding the layout and features that fit your household’s lifestyle. Get ideas from every resource possible, including Houzz guides andphotos, kitchen showrooms, books and magazines.
Think about your priorities: how many people will be cooking and gathering here, and how they’ll need to move around in it. Do you need an addition? Or can you work with your existing kitchen footprint?
If you haven’t already, start saving photos of kitchens with features that suit your style. Your collection can be organized and beautiful like a scrapbook or it can be filled with random, unorganized images. I actually prefer the latter, because I like to randomly stuff images into my folders and ideabooks and go back to them later on for edits.
Step 2: Research and plan
Ready to green-light that project and take the plunge? The best place to start is by formulating what's commonly referred to as a scope of work and figuring out your preliminary budget.
Both of these may be subject to change, so don't feel like you have only once chance at this. Budget and scope are intertwined and often change many times during the design process as you become more educated and able to reconcile what you want and what you can afford. As a homeowner, you're not expected to walk into this knowing what everything should cost. Remember, this is an educational process.
Step 3: Find the professionals you will need
Even if you're going the DIY route, unless you're building your own kitchen cabinets and doing your own electrical and plumbing, you're going to have to work with a professional at some point. It may be as brief as leaning on your salesperson to help you in selecting and ordering your appliances or cabinets, but it's something to plan on either way.
Some people start by visiting big-box stores or cabinet showrooms where they can see everything. Many homeowners get referrals from friends or colleagues and start by hiring an architect or designer. Still others might work on their own with a builder or contractor. Pros are available to help you with everything from contracts and permits to space planning, budgets, choosing finishes and fixtures, shopping, ordering products, helping you set up a temporary kitchen, and managing your project from start to finish.
From: Houzz.com by Rebekah Zaveloff
When we decided to head to Chicago for our third-ever goop Pop, we knew we needed to collaborate with interior designer Kara Mann, whose work manages to be both warm and modern, unexpected and clean. She pretty much nailed that aesthetic in the goop Pop (see Tips 6, 11-13), which she pulled together in a few short weeks: It feels more like a home than a boutique—even though everything, from the Tanya Aguiniga wall hanging to the lighting fixtures is shoppable. While Mann was born in Evanston, she splits time between the Windy City and New York, where she’s currently designing The Chelsea Hotel—no big deal. Here, some tips on small tweaks that can completely transform a space.
Strike a perfect balance by mixing modern with traditional.
I find that the traditional elements look less fussy when juxtaposed with more modern items, and the modern pieces look less sterile next to the traditional touches.
Stray from the standard bathroom mirror and sconce combination.By opting for something more playful you can make your bathroom feel as thoughtful and reflective of your tastes as the rest of your home.
Double up on function.A dining room does double duty as a library with stacks of books on the table when not in use.
Think in multiples.A cluster of small tables can create a bigger impact than one table on its own. Plus you can re-purpose as needed!
Edit.Simple stacks of books mixed in with a carefully curated collection add interest without adding clutter. We all need to resist our urge to hoard!
Use small rooms to take big risks.A wallpaper pattern that would overwhelm your living room will be fabulous in your powder room or a small foyer. At goop Pop: wallpaper by Ellie Cashman, étagère, side table, rug, and basket from Jayson Home.
Add some life to your spaces.Adding plants inside blurs the boundaries between inside and out and can feel like a sanctuary from winter weather.
Less is more, visually speaking.Using a table in lieu of a standard kitchen island makes for more visual space.
Find a rich, unexpected paint color.It may take some trial and error, but when you find that perfect color it’s a statement by itself.
Celebrate the grand gesture.This room is all about the bed, and that’s all it needs.
Go for bold, unexpected art.
Not all art has to be two dimensional; look for sculptures, tapestries, and wall hangings that speak to you.
Create a functional niche.
Not all niches need to be a showcase for art. Add a tabletop and you have a custom desk or vanity
Make your own furniture.A series of wall hung boxes becomes an artfully arranged shelving unit.
From: goop.com by Kara Mann
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