Not all kitchens are created equal, and if you are tired of your kitchen looking…well…tired, you may already have been planning your custom kitchen design for some time now. After all, it’s a big undertaking and a lot of careful thought and preparation needs to go into it. But what if you aren’t sure whether you’re asking yourselves the right questions?
It’s well worth the effort to get organized before the wrecking ball comes in, because while it’s hard living without a kitchen for a while, the payoff will be tremendous – if the custom kitchen design lives up to your vision. If you are planning a custom kitchen renovation, please read these 7 tips for Vaughan homeowners to consider first.
- Find the right company. It might seem counterintuitive to choose the company before you even know what you want, but obviously you’re not choosing a kitchen design firm blindly; go online, look at pictures, ask for referrals, read reviews, do research, get written quotes, and use the data you’ve gathered to choose a reliable partner who you can trust to execute on your plan and ensure a successful kitchen renovation. If you don’t choose a single trusted contractor, you can end up playing that role yourself – overseeing a team of tradespeople with conflicting timelines, methods and agendas.
- Get the big picture set. Some of this should happen at the initial consultation with your kitchen renovation contractor, where you begin to create the blueprint for your new kitchen. Iron out such issues as whether you will replace existing cabinets or re-design something completely new; stick with the current square footage or expand; go budget or go for broke. By establishing the exact layout now, you can then worry about details like appliances later.
- Select your countertop. There are lots of wonderful materials to choose from, so consider each carefully for function as well as aesthetics. For example, if you cook a lot and aren’t super careful about things like knife cuts and hot pots, quartz is a very durable option which also looks very attractive, comes in a huge range of colours, and doesn’t need to be sealed.
- Think about the sink. While this is often an afterthought in custom kitchen design, the sink is really important if you spend a lot of time in the kitchen. If you use a lot of large pots and pans, you will naturally want something to accommodate them, even if your dishwasher is taking much of the load. You also need to consider the height and depth of the sink to make sure it’s comfortable. Today’s sinks can also be gorgeous, so pay attention to materials and fixtures, too!
- Pick your cabinets. Custom kitchen cabinets can make up 50 percent of a total kitchen renovation budget, so be sure you get this right. You can opt for custom or semi-custom cabinetry (the latter are pre-manufactured, but allow you to customize certain elements). Whether you opt for sleek, modern cabinets or ornate, detailed period cabinets, make sure they match the overall look and feel of your kitchen – and always opt for more cupboard space rather than less.
- Make a plan for the renovation period. It’s doubtful you want to eat take-out pizza every night for weeks while your custom kitchen design is being constructed; some workarounds include pre-frozen meals, using small appliances like a microwave or toaster oven, doing the renovation in summer when you can use the BBQ, stocking up on disposable cutlery and dishes, or even staying with family or friends during the renovation.
- Take a deep breath. Soon you will be able to enjoy your new custom kitchen – so don’t stress about the process. At Trillium Kitchens and Baths, our passion for custom kitchen design permeates everything we do. From the first phone call through the application of finishing touches on your new cabinets, we never waver from our goal of providing you with the finest kitchen design services in Vaughan and Greater Toronto. Call us to discuss your project or send us an email inquiry.