Following is advice for DIY enthusiasts from design and remodeling experts.

  1. Plan beforehand: Always prioritize function when remodeling a kitchen. There are no ideal shapes for kitchens. No matter what the layout or shape of your kitchen, ‘the work triangle’ (sink, stove and fridge) should be as close to equilateral as possible. This will make movement easier for any purpose while in the kitchen.
  2. Keep storage in mind: Many people do not account for storage while planning a new kitchen. You should utilize every inch of your kitchen for storage, rather than leaving walls vacant which will eventually just gather dust. For pots and pans, have deeper drawers and make enough room for appliances which will otherwise cramp up your countertops.
  3. Plan the right light: Light overhead is not recommended in the kitchen unlike other parts of the house. Light should fall in your front rather than the back as it will otherwise put a shadow on your workspace. Under-cabinet lights are ideal since they light up the countertops.
  4. Stay powered: Ensure that there are sufficient power points and that they are placed strategically. Measure your appliances beforehand so that you have ample space to place them in the allotted area. An example is that if your dishwasher is too big, it can push on the hose and will not let it drain adequately.
  5. Surface and space: You can never have excessive space on the countertop. Pick a surface that is comfortable to work on and easy to clean. Tiles will gather grout between each other and scratches are common in steel.
  6. Get new stuff: Old appliances will look ugly in a newly renovated kitchen. There are other ways to economize rather than using old stuff. Spend less on fixtures and countertops if you are getting good quality through a less renowned brand.
  7. Safety should ways come first: Ensure that the backyard and indoor playing areas are easily seen from the kitchen window. Countertops with round edges, non-slippery flooring, and ovens positioned on adult heights will reduce the chances of accidents.
  8. Ventilate properly: Get a ventilation hood that is quiet, vents outside and efficient.
  9. Don’t forget the trash: Factor in trash cans and recycle bins. A good idea would be to keep them out of the way hidden behind a cabinet.
  10. Flooring: Go for non-slippery materials that are easy to maintain and are porous. Partially porous ones will need frequent resealing and hard wood wears out easily by sink, fridge and stove. Hard and natural stones work best in terms of form and function.