Tips for a First-Time Kitchen Remodeler

After finishing her small East-West kitchen remodel on her small budget, Kim Johnson of Desire to Inspire shares her best advice for first-time kitchen remodelers:

 

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Kim is an East-West Fusion hipster: “For as long as I can
remember, I have been a fan of modern industrial and Asian influences in décor,” she says. “As an avid thrifter, the many gorgeous antique and vintage finds that suit this style really appeal to me.” (Photo: Kim Johnson)

• Decide what you need. “This is the most important step,” Kim says. Ask yourself—do you need dining space? What are you willing to sacrifice for extra storage space? Do you cook a lot and need lots of counter space? “Also, look at what you use in your kitchen in terms of small appliances and gadgets,” Kim says, “so you can design your kitchen to fit these items in the most convenient way possible.”

• Scour the Internet. “Look for photos of kitchens,” Kim says. “Do this for quite some time. You may think you know what you want, but I find after looking at all sorts of different kitchens you start to narrow down what exactly makes a kitchen work for you (in terms of likeability and functionality).

“After my blog partner Jo got me hooked on antique kilim rugs, I was so excited to discover a dealer here in Ottawa. I bought this rug for 50% off. It was a serious bargain and makes a beautiful addition of color and pattern to the space. The cabinets are made of reclaimed ginko wood from Korea and are absolutely gorgeous,“ Kim says. (Photo: Kim Johnson)

“After my blog partner Jo got me hooked on antique kilim rugs, I was so excited to discover a dealer here in Ottawa. I bought this rug for 50% off. It was a serious bargain and makes a beautiful addition of color and pattern to the space. The cabinets are made of reclaimed ginko wood from Korea and are absolutely gorgeous,“ Kim says. (Photo: Kim Johnson)

• Consult an expert before you begin. “In the planning stage, a professional can create all sorts of digital sketches that bring the whole space to life before the renovation even starts,” Kim says. “Ask your designer to come up with digital, 3D sketches so you get a really clear picture of the end result before it even starts. It’s much cheaper to make changes before the construction process begins than when it’s already underway.”

• Know when to hire a professional: Kim recommends you “get a professional to install the cabinets so that all the measurements are accurate and your cabinets will be secure and level.”

 

To learn more about Kim Johnson’s small kitchen remodel, Keep reading our next posts…

 

Written by Elaine K. Phillips

Photographed and styled by Kim Johnson

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