If you’re planning a kitchen makeover, consider the following factors before you jump in to your project. If you put preparation and thought into your remodel before you begin, you’ll find that the process will be easier and that the outcome will be exactly what you imagined.

Research

Flip through magazines, browse the Internet and look at store samples. Ask yourself all of the right questions and reflect on your kitchen makeover. Why you are remodeling and what do you intend to get out of your remodel? What are the goals of your kitchen makeover?

Budget

A kitchen makeover can be a major expense. Determine where to save and where to splurge. Decide on a budget at the beginning of the project. Consider spending between 6 and 10 percent of your home value for a complete kitchen remodel.

Size

The size of your space will dictate your kitchen layout. Get out the tape measure and take note of the dimensions of your space. Refer to your measurements when deciding if there is room for extra storage or an oversized island.

Footprint

Don’t feel tied to the current layout of your kitchen. Depending on the scope of your remodel, the footprint can be altered and elements can be rearranged.

Connection to other rooms

If your current amount of kitchen space just won’t cut it, you might be able to knock down some walls and steal square footage from adjoining rooms.

Condition of your home

Take into account when your home was built and any recent or not-so-recent renovations. Make sure that your kitchen can accommodate new installations and that you won’t run into any electrical or plumbing concerns.

Design

Complement your home’s architecture and go with the flow of your home by keeping the integrity of the space. Be wary of going too trendy. Open shelving may look pretty in the magazines but in reality it may not be the best choice for your family.

Light

Step into your space throughout the day to see how natural lighting works with your kitchen. This will help to determine your lighting needs.

Lifestyle

Reflect on your lifestyle and ponder what a day in the life of your kitchen looks like. Prioritize the features that provide the most functionality to you and your family. Ensure that your space accommodates your needs and allows you to enjoy the space comfortably on your day-to-day.

Resale

Unless a homeowner is about to put their house on the market in the next 1-2 years, any remodeling project should be done with your personal lifestyle in mind, rather than being solely focused on how it will impact resale.

DIY

It’s your choice whether to do-it-yourself or invest in a professional. Depending on your experience, hiring help may be worth it in the long run. A professional can take some of the work off your plate and make sure that it’s done right the first time.

Many factors play into kitchen makeovers, which is why a remodel requires careful planning. Take a step back and look at the big picture before you begin your kitchen remodel.