Some homeowners think that kitchen renovations are merely a case of picking up the phone, calling local cabinet makers and kitchen designers, and writing them a cheque. If only new kitchens were that easy. Whilst we are not saying they are especially difficult and that you should not proceed, however, the process to go from thinking about it to having a new kitchen has more to it than that.

As with any sizeable project, be it at home or in business, the key to success is following a logical and proven process. Thankfully, many have thought about this, and whilst there might some minor variations, for the most part, there is a series of steps that should be followed for kitchen renovations. There are ten in all, and we are sure you are keen to learn them, so here they are.

Step #1 – Make The Decision: This might seem a strange step to include but unless you make the initial decision to proceed then nothing else follows. Bear in mind you are making a big commitment in terms of time and, we dare say, finances too, so it requires considerable thought.

Step #2 – Determine What You Want: This is something you may wish to discuss with those who live with you, as they will also spend a large amount of time in the new kitchen. Consider the space you have, the storage you want, and the essential elements that must be in your new kitchen’s design.

Step #3 – Seek Ideas: This is the fun part and where you put on your detective’s hat. Quite simply, do as much research as you can to find inspiration, possible layouts, colour schemes, in fact, anything that could apply to your new kitchen to get ideas for its design.

Step #4 – Establish Your Budget: You need to establish the budget you have available for your kitchen renovation. If you do not have sufficient savings remember that your new kitchen may add substantially to the value of your property so speaking to your mortgage provider about financing options is worth considering.

Step #5 – Select The Materials: One of the biggest influences on the cost of your kitchen renovation is the materials used. They will also determine the longevity of the kitchen, how your kitchen looks, and matters such as ease of cleaning. Finding the right materials is heavily influenced by your building supplier, searching for “building supplies near me” can help open up your options.

Step #6 – Plan The Layout: At this point, you may ask some local kitchen renovation companies to assist you in the anticipation of requesting a quotation. As such, seek their advice on a layout that fits your requirements from Step #2, and to maximise the advisable space.

Step #7 – Choose The Style: Everyone has their personal likes and dislikes when it comes to style, so we cannot say to you what is right and wrong here. However, we would remind you that you are likely to be living with this new kitchen for many years so ensure the style you choose is one that you love.

Step #8 – Choose Your Kitchen Appliances: If you are renewing your appliances as part of your kitchen renovation, then it is time to choose them. What might influence your choices can be optimising for space, so choosing slimline appliances, and whether you are having your appliances built-in or freestanding.

Step #9 – Select Lighting And Flooring: Do not underestimate the influences that flooring and lighting can have on your kitchen’s appearance and the perception within it of how much space there is. Again, if you are unsure, then kitchen design companies can advise you on what would be best suited to your new kitchen.

Step #10 – Choose Your Cabinet Makers/Kitchen Renovations Company: Arguably the most important step in the entire process because, if you get this right, then your new kitchen is almost guaranteed to be a total success. Seek reviews, testimonials, as well as a detailed written quotation before making your final decision as to who you are going to entrust to design, build, and install your new kitchen.