► Nadia's kitchen remodeling ideas - choosing a design:
A kitchen remodel may seem overwhelming at first but it breaks down to a few basic elements you need to think about:
○ Choose a kitchen design
This is your biggest decision right here, so you should make it your first. Consider the four basic kitchen designs:
○ Visualize your kitchen remodeling designs with 3D design software
It's so important to see a kitchen layout ahead of time, and 3D really helps you get a pretty good idea of what your kitchen will look like. It can help you decide on everything from wall colors to appliances before you lift a paintbrush or spend a dime. With Homestyler, if you're stuck for ideas, you can start with a design from the gallery of pre-made designs.
○ Choosing appliances
Consider your work triangle, the space you cover when you're going from stove to sink to refrigerator. What is the most natural and efficient for you? Homestyler allows you to experiment with different brands and finishes and play around with different combinations to discover what kitchen layout works best for you.
○ Visit a showroom
Once you've decided on a layout and your appliances it's a good time to visit a showroom. Be sure to print out your kitchen remodeling designs and your itemized product list (this can be done directly from Homestyler) and bring them with you. This is your chance to touch and feel the appliances' surfaces and fixtures and see if they really live up to your expectations. You may feel differently after you've seen the real thing.
○ Planning storage
The designs you consider for remodeling your kitchen should save you both time and effort. With that in mind, take inventory of your kitchen's appliances and tools. Hanging pots and pans from above can be a great space saver, but if you're on the short side and you cook a lot, this may not be a good solution.
Think of the things you use most, and make sure they're easy to get to. Make sure you have a place for everything. Like the coffeemaker - are you okay with it out on the counter, or do you want an appliance garage for it?
Kitchen Remodeling Designs - Kitchen Remodeling Ideas
Learn which of the four basic kitchen layouts fits your space and cooking personality before you visit another showroom. With some simple steps and a few kitchen remodeling tips, professional designer Nadia Geller shows you how easy it is to be prepared and inspired using the gallery of pre-made layouts featured in Autodesk Homestyler, the free online 3D home design software.