|An early SketchUp of my kitchen plan|
Even tracing our your kitchen design on graph paper would be perfectly good enough to get a conversation started with contractors and vendors, as long as your measurements are accurate.
|My SketchUp Kitchen Plan|
This very first SketchUp rendering helped me see that an open concept could work for my space. An early concern was that I have plenty of room for sofas and chairs — and that the living space not feel like one giant kitchen. It became clear to me almost immediately that white slab front cabinets with dark slate counters, which I thought I wanted, wasn’t the right design direction for this room. The contrast was too stark.
Wood cabinetry, though distinctly mid-century, was also not quite right either. I just don’t love wood slab doors enough to want to stare at them all day. Too, they would clash with some of the wood pieces of furniture that I already have. So, these early drawings were a crucial exercise, even though they sent me back to the beginning, looking at inspirational photos.
Main Inspiration Photo
If you’re like me, you can have several books on Houzz and multiple boards on Pinterest dedicated to a single project. It’s a great way for you to learn what you want, but know that it’s not all that helpful to contractors and vendors you speak with. It’s best to narrow it down to one.
Floor Plan Before
If you plan to remove a wall, side by side before and after floor plans show at a glance what you’re planning to do.
|My Kitchen Before|
One last thing: Don’t forget to take lots of before photos. You wouldn’t believe how many renovators forget to take them. Most of us who are dreaming of a renovation don’t really like to spend time photographing a place we don’t love, do we? But make sure you do it, because those gorgeous reveal shots of your dream kitchen are going to look all the better when viewers can see just how bad it really was.