There are two fundamentals to getting your kitchen remodel off on the right foot.

  1. The first thing is the creative aspect of your kitchen renovation. This is the wish list. The things you have researched and have fallen in love with. Your vision board for the kitchen of your dreams
  2. The second thing is putting the vision board into practice. The reality is that it is one thing to find all the ideas for your dream kitchen and it is another thing to bring these ideas into reality.

This article is there to clear up both aspects and put some energy into your kitchen remodel.

Setting the vision for your kitchen renovation project.

Herring Bone Backsplash
Herring Bone Backsplash

This is the fun bit about a kitchen remodeling project. Dreaming of the finished product and seeing yourself standing in front of the designer Ilve range poaching eggs for brunch on a beautiful spring morning.

It’s not as simple as that. Getting there will take some discipline and a plan.

Firstly we need to source ideas and inspiration.

The creative juices have probably been flowing for a while and you probably have a good idea of what styles and design you like, but are you going to be able to articulate this clearly when you appoint your kitchen contractor?

The solution to this problem is actually quite easy.

Firstle, collate all the ideas and inspiration you find.

Whilst doing your research you’ll be coming across various websites, pictures and ideas. The best thing to do is start an online folder in either Dropbox or Google drive.

What tool you use is irrelevant, it is just very important that you have this available when you start your consultation process with your kitchen contractor.

Start pinning these ideas to your boards and give those boards names relevant to each aspect of the designs.

You’ll probably be on Pinterest searching through various boards and accounts getting ideas together. Start pinning these ideas to your boards and give those boards names relevant to each aspect of the designs. Have a board for colour palettes, stones and bench tops, tiles and backsplashes, hoods and hood coverings, appliances and so on.

In fact, Pinterest is the ideal tool for this, it is like the platform was purposefully designed with remodelling in mind.

Along with your various boards, save the links to other sources of interest and inspiration into your folder along with images of the kitchens that have caught your eye.

The most important thing is to have everything in one place with a concise plan and objective.

Adding a practical element to your wish list.

The ideas and inspiration part never really ends, you’ll inevitably continue to find ideas and things you like, but once you get closer to a desired result now is the time to start making the dream real.

This is the part where you’ll likely be appointing a kitchen designer or kitchen contractor and if you are, we have a detailed article on the 16 Things To Consider Before Appointing Your Kitchen Contractor. Read it, that will be very useful.

Or if you are going to be undertaking the project yourself it will be the time to start a spreadsheet. Here I would suggest an online application again so it’s easy to update and reference from wherever you are.

This is going to be the part where you are putting your vision board into practice.

For every idea you’ve sourced you’re going to have to list these materials and items out and find suitable suppliers.

There may be times where it’s not possible to get a perfect match or the particular materials aren’t available.

In these circumstances you’ll have to decide on the next best alternative or select a new product or material entirely, but it is going to be vital that you get this spreadsheet complete and finalised.

This spreadsheet is basically going to be like your recipe or shopping list if you like.

This is what you are going to be referencing when you order the products and materials in for the trades and contractors you’re appointing to do all the required work.

The other very important thing is that this spreadsheet, other than being a shopping list will also be your budget tool.

When you have settled on the products and materials in your spreadsheet, you’ll also be able to figure out the necessary pricing per square foot or meter or the individual product cost and allocate this cost accordingly.

You’ll see very quickly whether this fits within your budget or whether you’ll need to go back to the vision board so to speak and tighten the purse strings a little.

That is the way you make the ideas vision real.

I’ve never known a project to be a success that has deviated from these two distinctly different steps.

So in conclusion: Get the ideas together from all the inspiration you find and collate that carefully. Use this information to decide on the materials and products you need. Think through every aspect of your kitchen.

Produce a detailed spreadsheet listing out the exact products and materials down to the last detail and price, see that this fits your budget, then use this as part of your project management tool once appointing trades.

If you are using a kitchen designer or contractor to bring your dream to life, have the vision board detailed with the spreadsheet and discuss this clearly with them.

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