25 Questions to Consider Before a Kitchen Remodel



Planning for a major kitchen remodel is the first phase of a process that involves months of working with professionals, making hundreds of decisions on the details and finally realizing your dream.

Answer the following questions, organize them in a file with a scrapbook full of pictures and details on appliances and equipment you would like to incorporate into your kitchen remodel.

1. What is the main reason for wanting a kitchen remodel?

2. Do you entertain frequently? Formally? Informally?

3. Do you need a ‘two cook’ space?

4. How many people in your household?

5. What other activities besides food prep do you want to include in your space?

[ ] Baking center

[ ] Planning desk, bill paying center

[ ] Breakfast nook

[ ] Laundry & ironing center

[ ] Wet bar

[ ] ____________________________

6. What style would you like for your kitchen remodel?

[ ] Modern clean lines, high tech

[ ] French Country

[ ] Contemporary Country

[ ] Commercial Style

[ ] ____________________________

7. What color schemes do you prefer?

8. What cabinet material do you want in this kitchen remodel; natural wood, painted wood, stained wood (light or dark), laminate?

9. Cabinet requirements?

[ ] Appliance garage

[ ] Pullout shelves

[ ] Pantry

[ ] Storage wall with pull out bins

[ ] Wall oven cabinet

[ ] Built in microwave

[ ] Vent hood

[ ] Built in Refrigerator

[ ] Utility cabinet

[ ] Wine rack

[ ] Waste basket

[ ] Glass doors

[ ] Open Shelving

[ ] ________________________________

10. Should cabinets be continuous to ceiling? How about open space above cabinets for decorative items?

11. What counter top materials do you like?

[ ] Ceramic Tile

[ ] Stone (solid surface or tile)

[ ] Butcher Block

[ ] Stainless Steel

[ ] Laminate

12. What style and finish do you prefer for cabinet hardware and faucet?

13. Are you interested in a second sink or faucet over cook top for large pots?

14. Would you like a 4” or full back splash?

15. Are you purchasing new appliances for this kitchen remodel? What finish: White, Black, Stainless, or matching panel? Contractor grade, high tech, or commercial grade?

16. What type of kitchen exhaust do you prefer? Hood vent or recirculation system?

17. Does this remodel include new flooring?

[ ] Stone tile

[ ] Ceramic tile

[ ] Hardwood

[ ] Laminate

[ ] Bamboo

[ ] Cork

[ ] __________________________

18. Would you like to include a great room with an open floor design in this kitchen remodel?

19. What type of lighting? Florescent, halogen, incandescent, low voltage?

[ ] Recessed down lights

[ ] Track lighting

[ ] Pendant fixtures

[ ] Indirect soffit lighting

[ ] Under counter lighting

[ ] Ceiling fans

20. Will this kitchen remodel require any structural changes?

[ ] Moving walls

[ ] Moving windows or doors

[ ] Family room or sun room addition

[ ] Open beam or vaulted ceiling

[ ] Moving or adding plumbing

21. What is the rating on your current electrical service?

22. Is the kitchen located on the first or second floor? Is there a full basement, crawl space or concrete slab, is there a second floor or attic access above?

23. What type of heating system do you have?

24. What time framework do you have for completion of this remodel?

25. What budget figure do you have in mind for this kitchen remodel?