If you’re considering a kitchen remodel, take the time to dream it up. What kind of layout would you prefer? How many cabinets do you need and in what style? How high should your countertops be? Once you have a general idea of what you want, start researching your options.

Planning a Dream Kitchen

When designing a dream kitchen, there are many factors to consider. Size and layout are important, but so are the materials and style of the cabinets. Here are some small kitchen remodeling ideas to help you get started:

Start by creating a budget.

You don’t need a luxurious kitchen to enjoy its conveniences; any well-designed and affordable kitchen will do. Consider your needs, such as storage space, counter space and cabinet space. Once you have an idea of how much money you’re willing to spend, look for kitchens in your price range that meet your needs.

Think about your lifestyle when choosing a design.

Are you most comfortable cooking at the counter or in the kitchen? Do you prefer natural materials or polished finishes? Once you know your preferences, begin searching for designs that fit them.

Top 5 dream kitchen Wishlist Items:

  1. A large and open kitchen with plenty of counter and storage space.
  2. A beautiful granite or quartz countertop that can easily accommodate all your cooking needs.
  3. Plenty of cabinet and drawer space to store all your cooking tools and appliances.
  4. A gas stove top with multiple oven options to fit your cooking needs.
  5. An island or breakfast bar as the center of your kitchen to help organize everything.
  6. A large walk in pantry for all your canned goods, dry goods, and spices.
  7. A beautiful backsplash to help beautify the kitchen
  8. A iced beverage station that can easily accommodate all your favorite drinks and ice.
  9. A snack bar
  10. A stainless steel sink

Dream kitchen features:

  • Stainless steel appliances
  • Granite countertops
  • High-end appliances
  • Ceramic tile flooring
  • Paint color of your choice
  • Custom lighting
  • Custom blinds or drapes
  • Open floor plan

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Tips For Designing Your Dream Kitchen

When starting the design process for your dream kitchen, consider these tips:

  1. Make your dream kitchen wish list with top kitchen features to prioritize.
  2. Start by sketching out a rough layout of your space. This will help you better understand how much counter and cabinet space you have, as well as the layout of your appliances.
  3. Think about what kind of cooking you will be doing most often. Will you mostly cook meals on the stovetop or in the oven? Do you want a large Kitchenaid mixer or an arsenal of small handheld tools? Consider what appliances are necessary for each type of cooking.
  4. Think about what style of kitchen you would like. Traditional or contemporary? Classic or modern? There are endless options to choose from, so start brainstorming now!
  5. Once you have an idea of what style and size you want, take measurements and begin planning your installation. You can even bring your ideas to the store with you, and they will do their best to accommodate you.
  6. Use online resources to learn more about kitchen features and brands.
  7. Compare kitchen features and materials to find the best fit for your needs.
  8. Find inspiration for your dream kitchen in magazines and online resources.
  9. Hire a professional kitchen designer to help you create the perfect kitchen.

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If you are remodeling or building a kitchen in your new house, here is our wishlist of must have items:

Breakfast bar and island
Under cabinet outlet
Hidden outlet strip
Sink in island
Double bowl sink
Stove top grill & griddle
Pullout drawer as mixer stand
Deep kitchen drawers instead of lower cabinets
Under cabinet lighting
Prep sink/disposal
Single dishwashing drawer
Hot and cold water dispensers
Appliance garage
Warming drawer
Stove top water tap
Sponge drawer
Trash chute
Motion activated faucet with pull down nozzle
Pull out spice and oil/vinegar racks
Double oven
Pullout trash can
Built in microwave
Microwave drawer
Smudge proof stainless steel
European style cabinets
Quartz countertops
Modern Backsplash

Dream kitchen features that everyone should have:

  • Stove with oven and cooktop
  • Refrigerator with ice maker
  • Microwave oven
  • Dishwasher
  • Range with oven
  • Countertops with storage
  • Stainless steel appliances
  • Quality flooring
  • Quality paint or wallpaper
  • Quality furniture
  • Beautiful light fixtures
  • Beautiful artwork

Dream kitchen features that are a luxury but worth the investment:

  • Sub-zero refrigerator
  • Gas range with oven
  • Built-in dishwasher
  • Quartz countertops
  • Solid wood furniture
  • High-end appliances
  • Expensive flooring
  • Expensive paint or wallpaper
  • Expensive furniture