Kitchen Remodel

Bluestem’s Ultimate Kitchen Remodel Checklist

When a new client comes to us for a kitchen remodel, they usually present us with a lengthy list of things they dislike and want to change right away. 

While identifying the problems of a space is often the easy part, finding the solutions- and envisioning the transformations into stylish, functional new spaces- can be more challenging. But don’t worry. That’s what we do best! We love coming up with creative solutions to kitchen problems and helping homeowners get new spaces they love. 

Planning to Remodel Your Kitchen? 

We know it can feel overwhelming. So, we’ve created a comprehensive kitchen remodel checklist to help you kickstart the planning phase of the project and give you a sneak peek of what it’s like working with Bluestem.

Our team will work with you to design a space that not only enhances your lifestyle but also provides better functionality—not to mention a beautiful space that you’ll love spending time in.

Kitchen Remodel Checklist - before/after

5 Steps to Remodeling a Kitchen

The most important aspect of a kitchen remodel is getting the layout right. A well-planned layout ensures easy flow, comfort, and superb functionality.

See how these steps can help you do just that! 

Step 1: Start with The Plan and Your Why

Kitchen remodel checklist.The initial step in any remodel is creating a plan, and the plan must start with a detailed understanding of how your kitchen functions now and “why” it needs to change.

To get started, make a list of what doesn’t work in your existing kitchen. 

  • Is there enough space for the family to eat meals together in the kitchen? 
  • Do you rummage through jam-packed cabinetry to find the lasagna pan? 
  • Is there room for your wine collection?
  • Do your kids like to do their homework in this area or do you prefer to work on your laptop so you’re closer to the fridge (no judging!)

Though cosmetic fixes like painting or cabinet refacing will provide a new look, they won’t fix problems with function and flow. Therefore, write down everything that presents an obstacle or prevents you from using your kitchen how you want. 

Improving functionality is the key to happy remodeling results.

Step 2: Visualize Your Perfect Space

Dare to dream a bit here and try to focus on what could improve your time spent in this space.

For example, you might require more space, better lighting, more cabinet room, new counters, or a change of flooring. 

  • Is the space easy to navigate for people and pets? 
  • Does it allow you to entertain friends?
  • Does it provide you with enough privacy (or too much)?

Everyone’s lifestyle is unique, so it’s important to picture what you see in your own dream kitchen and imagine how it feels. 

Based on our experience, we’ve found that homeowners who make decisions that align with their values and preferences are the most satisfied with their results. 

Step 3: Consider Everything—Even the Kitchen Sink

If one of your goals is to increase the size of the kitchen, your first thought might be to build an addition. However, there may be alternative options you’ll want to consider first.

Our remodeling team explores all possibilities to maximize the existing space in your home without adding to the footprint.

  • This might involve moving appliances and sinks to improve the flow. 
  • In some cases, it may be possible to remove walls, doors, or windows.
  • We may even be able to relocate the kitchen to another part of the house to create the ideal plan. 

By thinking creatively, new possibilities can emerge. For instance, if your kitchen is outdated and cramped, we’ll help you consider reorganizing the layout and finding new ways to use the available space more effectively. 

Outdated kitchen island transformed into modern space.

With professional expertise and homeowner commitment, it’s possible to transform your kitchen into a fresh and functional space that meets your needs perfectly.

Step 4: Plan Inch by Inch

When planning to add new appliances or make changes to your kitchen, the design needs to be considered carefully. Doing so involves taking into account the space’s mechanical and structural limitations before purchasing new appliances or starting any renovation work. 

Measuring tape.Our team will help you:

  • Factor in the scale and proportion of the entire space. 
  • Ensure that enough clearance is left for opening refrigerators, ovens, cabinets, and doors. 

At Bluestem, we start with a black and white design that allows you to easily visualize the room in its basic form, providing a clear understanding of the correct placement of all major elements for function. Later we layer on the aesthetics, so you can see how we’ll bring everything together!

Step 5: Personalize

Okay, so here’s the fun part on our kitchen remodel checklist—designing the space to complement your lifestyle. However, with a vast number of choices available, it may feel overwhelming to select (and commit to) the right design. Depending on the project’s scope, you may need to pick flooring, wall color, light fixtures, appliances, and much more. 

While certain colors and patterns may be in trend, it’s essential to choose what you love instead of what’s popular. After all, the next big trend can start from something you choose based on your preference.

Although colors and styles may change over time, a well-planned design can withstand the test of time and provide you with enjoyment for many years to come.

Discover the Bluestem Difference

At Bluestem Remodeling, we understand that a kitchen remodel can be overwhelming. That’s why our team will work closely with you every step of the way to help you feel informed and make all critical decisions necessary to guarantee your remodel’s success

From planning and design to installation, our experts will help you discover new possibilities and ensure that your kitchen not only looks great but is the  kitchen of your dreams.

Browse our collection of successful before and after kitchen remodels for ideas and inspiration! Have questions? We’re always happy to chat. Contact us to set up a consultation. 

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