Planning a kitchen isn’t an easy task. In general it’s the most difficult room to renovate and often the most expensive. It should be functional and therefore you think beforehand about the technical side. Find below three inevitable steps you’ll have to take for careful planning:

Step 1: Measuring space and capturing details
When measuring the space where you want to plan your new kitchen, you need to pay particular attention to accurate measuring first horizontally than vertically your place and putting the dimensions on graph paper. Reflect on your plan not only from wall to wall distance but the exact location of windows, doors, exhaust, gas line, water supply and waste, all switches, outlets, cable TV and telephone locations. Measure the ceiling height, windows height, and distance from floor to window sill. Lots of work, isn’t it?

Step 2: Built-In appliances selection
Appliances are the kitchen’s core and often most expensive element. The scope of desired appliances plays major role in terms of budget. Would you stick to the standard kitchen equipment or go beyond and try out some hi-tech solutions? Even the minimum let a lot for consideration. The configurations of fridges, freezers, stoves (should it be a cooker top and separate oven?), dishwashers, microwaves and exhaust hoods differ greatly. You will need a real deep dive in numerous brands and technical characteristics to pick up what is suiting you. Expensive pieces claim better quality but take a closer look: won’t you pay more for some extra functionality you will never use? How to position you appliances is another question. That will very likely depend on the existing utility connections.

Step 3: Re-routing the utilities connections?
An enormous advantage of planning a kitchen in a brand-new building or making a complete renovation is that you are flexible to move the utility connections whatever your dream kitchen layout requires. However it’s not always the case.

If you are doing a partial renovation and are tight on budget it’s highly recommended to stick to your previous kitchen’s layout. Should you consider a different one, firstly check if utilities can be re-routed. Most important are water supply and waste pipes and a gas connection. Mind that a subsequent change in their positioning can imply a high cost and effort. Large electrical appliances such as a dishwasher or an oven should be connected on special outlets for safety reasons. Double check the requirements for the appliances you plan to install and if you have the necessary connections. If you replace the sink and working area versus your previous kitchen layout you’ll have to do re-wiring of lighting as well, as it should illuminate these areas.

Having worked through all the three – you hopefully will have a clearer idea of what the future kitchen is to be.