Thinking of a Remodel? Kitchen Design & Layout Tips

Thinking To Remodel? Kitchen Design & Layout Tips

Remodeling your kitchen is a great investment that can not only increase the value of your home but can add aesthetic appeal and improve your quality of life. For most families, the kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s where we gather to share meals, discuss the events of our day, entertain family and friends during the holidays and relax with a cup of coffee after a long day, Thinking Remodel? Let us help you with more kitchen design & layout tips from our professionals, call us to schedule your free consultation : (800) 371-8970

High-end renovations can cost anywhere from $80,000 to $250,000 or more depending on the size of your space and the scope of the work.Working with a design-build company means you can expect to end up with the kitchen of your dreams. While kitchen design and aesthetics are important, functionality is the driving factor behind successful kitchen renovations. Good design is more than a professional Wolf range, exotic zebra wood cabinets, and high-end Ann Sacks backsplash tile.

The process begins by assessing your needs. Visit kitchen showrooms, see products up close and begin to assemble ideas and outline the top priorities for your new space. Good kitchen design is the most critical part of the process, more so than any room in your home. What follows are some tips for your kitchen design and layout. These ideas will help ensure a successful kitchen remodel.


The planning and schematic design phase is the most important aspect of any kitchen remodel. Your kitchen can be filled with top of the line appliances, beautiful materials and custom built, solid-wood cabinets, but if the layout doesn’t work, it’s not a good design. In the kitchen, more than any other room in your home, a solid space plan and flow are crucial. Anyone who has ever struggled in a poorly designed kitchen knows this.

Your kitchen design can include moving or opening walls, adding an addition and relocating infrastructure like plumbing, windows, electricity, and doors. A qualified contractor will take the time up front to create a schematic plan and an accurate estimate of all costs. This allows you to adjust both the design and budget as needed before construction begins.

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Your kitchen design should encompass four stages before construction begins. By taking the time to plan and budget properly, you can eliminate change orders which can be costly and delay your remodels completion. Here are the four steps for an effective design.

1. Develop a plan for space. Start with a wish list and inspirational images. You can go to sites like Houzz for inspiration. This can help you get started and can give you a starting point for discussions with your design-build contractor. Start by focusing on the space itself, before you get caught up in what it will look like aesthetically. The function should come first! Will you be opening walls? Do you want an island or an L shaped counter? Or a galley kitchen? Where the pots and pans will go isn’t important…yet.

2. Put together your budget. Once you have a space plan begin to establish your budget. This is the point where it will all start to come together. The more accurate your space plan, the more accurate the preliminary budget will be. At this stage, your budget can change as you select materials for cabinets, countertops, tile and flooring. Want to learn more about kitchen remodeling in Dallas? Click here

3. Blueprints, elevation plans, and 3D renderings. Now that your plan is solid, work with your designer to flush it out aesthetically. Drawings can help you visualize what the finished space will look like, cabinets, flooring, countertops, hardware, fixtures, etc. This is beyond the functional; this is the stage to be creative.

4. Choose materials and finishes. Now that you’re at the drawing stage you can begin to visualize what materials and finishes will go in the space as well as the proportion of those materials.

By the end of the kitchen design process, you should have a final budget, scope of work and schedule for construction.

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Your designer will understand all of the technical aspects of kitchen design. Your space will be designed to maximize safety and functionality. Keep these National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) guidelines in mind when working with your designer.

• If your kitchen has three work centers, the sum of the distances between them should be no more that 26 feet. No leg of the work triangle should be less than four feet or more than nine feet. The distances between the three primary work centers (cooking, clean-up, and prep) from the “kitchen triangle.”

• No major traffic patterns should cross through the kitchen triangle.

• The width of the work aisle (between the perimeter counter and island for example) should be at least 42 inches for one cook, and at least 48 inches for multiple cooks.

• If your kitchen only has one sink, locate it adjacent to or across from the cooking area.

• Never separate work centers. A full-height and full-depth objects like a pantry cabinet or refrigerator should not separate two primary work centers.

If you are planning a luxury kitchen remodeling make sure you choose the best team for the job. Joseph & Berry understand the idiosyncrasies of high-end kitchen design. Their approach is equal parts form and function and their design team is current with all of the latest kitchen design trends and amenities available. They work closely with their clients to understand their lifestyle and needs to produce the perfect dream kitchen.

Unlike most contractors, with Joseph & Berry, you have a dedicated project manager on site every day until your job is complete. They are also one of the only firms in the country to offer a lifetime warranty on their work. If you live in the greater Dallas, Fort Worth area and are planning a high-end kitchen remodel call Joseph & Berry!

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