Like a lot of projects, it helps to think first in terms of WHY you are doing a project. I thought I’d ask my friend who recently bought a new home and renovated the kitchen along with many other rooms about why he decided to remodel and how big a makeover he wanted for the kitchen.

Question: So I know you moved into your home and one of several projects you did was a kitchen renovation. Was the old kitchen in need or repair or updating or did you just want to redo it to suit your personal taste?

Answer: The old kitchen was in pretty good shape as far as the cabinets went, but the appliances desperately needed updating, especially the refrigerator. It was at least 30 years old if not older. It was also a small refrigerator with a freezer on the top and refrigerator on the bottom and was only 30”. There was no way I was going to get in a modern French door refrigerator in the kitchen unless I widened the opening to the kithchen entrance – so that started the “snowball effect” of redoing the entire kitchen. Once I widened the entrance, the existing cabinets weren’t layed out in such a way that I could put in a wider refrigerator. which led me into looking into new cabinets, new countertops, and other details like tin ceilings with recessed LED lighting.

Question 2: So you didn’t start out planning to redo the overall kitchen layout?

Answer: No, as stated above I had to make several changes to the existing kitchen layout to make everything fit in the existing space. I do suggest, however, staying with the existing kitchen design if you can live with it and just doing an update. Kitchen design/layout is not an easy thing and I certainly made my share of mistakes.

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