After finishing the basement two years ago, I feel I have a better handle on the process for this remodel. In this post, I share how I gather my ideas to prepare for any home improvement project.
Beginning Plans for Everest Lane Kitchen Remodel
I start all of my home projects the same way; I go through my magazine tear sheets. I store my tear sheets by room. Honestly, I really never go through my files unless I am stuck about a space and need some energy to figure it out.
Here’s a peek at my files (I’ve been working on the kitchen file for over 10 years!)
Once I pull the file, I start to take notes on the elements that speak to me. Here’s a sample of the first page from my project book this morning.
I have about 20 pages of notes just like this and I’m about half way through my file. This initial part of planning is very life-giving to me. What works for me is not to edit any of my thoughts. I just figure out what speaks to me on each tear out. If I see an image or article that seems stale or doesn’t trigger a reaction, I toss it out. I let myself have total stream of consciousness. At this early stage, I don’t have to worry about making it all a reality. I don’t think about budget. I don’t worry about finding subs or moving walls, wires or plumbing. I’m not being practical here. The editing and refining will be happen the moment I write the first check until the project is done. For now, I get to dream about everything!
By the way, the best time to go through your idea folders is when you have a project. Just let the files grow until you need to reference them.
Here are some of my biggest reactions so far:
- Top Inspiration kitchen (for now) is Tyler Florence’s House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2011
- 2 dishwashers – sounds excessive, but cheaper than the cost of a cabinet (sounds pretty good, huh?)
- 2 pantries – one in the kitchen, one outside the kitchen for items used less than daily
- 2 sinks – single basins with two facets – long goose neck and separate side spray
- La Mattina Zone – “The Morning Zone”
- Floor – handscraped hardwood with scuff resist on top (durashield aluminum oxide)
- Extra long hardware pulls – feel substantial and also double as towel holders
- Need to figure out where to put Sonny’s food area – don’t need to know where yet – just know it is an issue
- Sliding backsplash with secret storage (I LOVE secret storage)
- Clever Garbage/Recycling solution
This is really all I will be doing for the next week. The next step will be to start prioritizing and honing my list. I’ll also start work on a mood board. Exciting stuff.