Planning a Kitchen Remodel in 6 Easy Steps

Planning a Kitchen Remodel in 6 Easy Steps

Remodeling the kitchen is one of the most common renovations in Nashville as many of our homes were built during the 50's and 60's. Not only can it enhance the comfort and beauty of the home, but it can also improve the functionality and hopefully increase the value of your home. If you are planning a kitchen remodel, use the following simple steps to ease the process.

1. Create a Budget

A budget is designed to help keep you on track with your spending goals for the renovation. Figure out how much you want to spend for the total project, and then, break this amount up into categories. Stay within budget for each category, even if it means making modifications that includes swapping funds from one category to the next. Your categories should include: cabinetry, appliances, counter tops, flooring, walls, lighting, plumbing, and electrical work.

2. Find Inspiration and Design Your Project

Take a few weeks to plan your design for the project. Use that time to look through remodeling books and magazines for ideas that can help you to solidify your plans. Consider functionality as well as beauty when planning your scheme. You'll want to make sure that the remodeling project provides everything you need from having enough counter space to the location of the cabinets. 

Having all of the design selections made prior to starting the project is essential for keeping the kitchen remodel on track. Changes made during the course of construction will cost money in the form of change orders as well as a tremendous amount of lost time. 

3. Select Your Cabinetry & Counter Tops

Cabinets and countertops make up the majority of the budget and are the most traditional changes people want to make when updating their kitchen. Cabinets can get expensive very quickly. So determine what features are most important to you in the cabinets.

  • Material
  • Crown molding
  • Soft close hinges
  • Hardware
  • Optional sliding shelves and drawers

If new cabinets are out of the budget, you might want to consider simply refacing them. Sanding them down, applying a new coat of paint and adding new hardware can go a really long way for a fraction of the cost.

Your counter tops should complement your selection of cabinetry. Sites like and have hundreds of thousands of photos of kitchens that you can gain inspiration from and determine which counters match your cabinets best. But once you've determined the granite you like the most, you will want to check the granite yards and view your specific slab in person. Slabs with the same name can vary widely in grain and texture.

4. Selecting Appliances & Fixtures

Keep in mind your selection of cabinetry when choosing your appliances. Make sure that your kitchen can accommodate the sizes you choose. Lots of newer models are available, so you might want to stop by a store and get an in-person look at what is available. Think about your sink and faucet setup carefully, choosing finishes that blend well with your other selections.

5. Deciding on the Walls & Flooring

The type of flooring you select is often influenced by the cabinets you have. You might want to consider granite if you also choose granite counter tops or hardwood flooring if you have chosen wooden cabinetry.

6. Choosing Your Lighting

Once you've finished planning the layout of the kitchen, it's time to determine your lighting fixtures. Choose ambient lighting refers to provides the kind of light that you require upon entering a room or using it for activities like eating. Include accent lighting to highlight decorative features, such as wall art, wine rack, or knick-knack shelf. Add task lighting around the sink, stove, and counter tops to provide directed light to assist in completing kitchen chores.

Summing Up

As you begin your kitchen remodel, create a budget to help you determine what you can afford to change. Once you have your budget in place, try and pick up a few design ideas by browsing through relevant material. Keep in mind that refinishing your cabinets is one way to lower the overall cost of the project. The appliances sink, and faucets that you choose should be complementary, and you have lots of choices. Flooring and walls should complement each other as well as your choice of cabinets. Choose ambient, accent, and task lighting to meet all of your illumination needs.