Did you know in my spare time I like to help remodel the kitchen? I bet you didn’t! It’s an odd hobby, and one I don’t indulge a lot. The common kitchen is so much more than a room in your house. It’s a breathing, living space where you make food and connect with the family. Whether you have marble countertops and wood cupboards or you’ve decided on something sleek and modern, a kitchen should be a warm, welcoming place. If the bathroom is where you are at your most private, no matter how many people you live with, the kitchen is the opposite. A good kitchen is where you feel most connected to the people in your home, even at the most lonesome. At least, that’s how I feel about them.
One of my favourite parts of helping people design new homes is working in the kitchen. You can guess why I imagine. Now, sometimes I bring in a small team to help people out. Usually, those types of clients have a good kitchen but want to make it great. Not a lot of work is needed, and I only end up recommending a change or two. Nothing drastic happens, so the job is quick and mostly painless. There are other times when the work is more intensive. There are kitchens out there that scare me. It could be neglect. It could be damage. It could be that something very unpleasant happened there. It could be bad design. In one instance, it was termites.
When I have one of those more extreme cases, I recommend my clients hire some professionals to help with the re-design. The folks over at as reno solutions are great, for instance. Top-notch guys with a great design team I’ve worked with over the years. One thing about kitchen renovations is that they’re a lot more involved than most people think. Who considers things like lighting or workflow when they’re thinking about where to put the oven? The guys who build houses don’t put that much thought into it when laying down pipes for gas and water, that’s for sure.
The first step is usually the hardest. It’s hard because it’s designed. No one I’ve ever worked with has ever had a clear idea for the design of a kitchen. They have some idea, usually along the lines of wanting it to look like this or that. The details escape them. Fortunately, I have a lot of experience. Like anything else, the first thing to do is to coax details out of them. Sometimes they know what they want; they just haven’t figured it out yet. You just need to ask a lot of questions, the kind that is open and can’t be answered by a simple yes or no. You do need to be careful, though. Some people, for whatever reason, snap when you ask them questions. Like they expect you to just know everything right off the bat. Those people are hard to please and impossible to work with for very long.