At some point last year, I went into my kitchen and thought YUCK for the last time. I decided that I really needed to strip it down back to the carbon steel piping. It was time for a full kitchen remodel. But after going through a kitchen remodeling process, I got to tell you that this is no easy task. So now that I have done it, how do I feel? Great. I am totally glad I took on this project because I now have an outstanding kitchen, but along the way I wish I had known a few basic things. It would have saved me a lot of time and a few headaches in the process.

It Is Not An Easy Process

The truth is that handling a full kitchen remodel when you have a ton of other things to do is not a small task. But if you are at that stage where I was, you may decide to bite that bullet. Still, you want to make sure you do it right. As important as it is for you to make it look good, you also need to keep in mind that the most important part of a kitchen remodel is functionality. Just keep it in the back of your head that you need to incorporate these 3 must-haves for your new kitchen remodel.


Even if you are not the greatest chef in the world, installing double ovens will pay off when you have that party or family dinner. Plus having oven space adds value to your home. A good cook can always put two ovens to use, one to cook the different dishes, and the other to warm everything so it is served hot. You also want the clean up after cooking to be easy, even shareable by other members of the family. So be sure to streamline counter space, add a second kitchen sink, incorporate enough counter space and even an additional kitchen island. All of these items will help you cook and give other people enough space to help you in the kitchen.

Kitchen Remodel Advice

The Declutter Look

Remember, you want to keep everything uncluttered and streamlined. So keep your appliances under the counter or behind cupboard doors. User microwave drawers, drawer freezers, drawer dishwashers and cabinetry that improves cooking functionality but keeps everything behind closed doors when not cooking. And of course, let’s not forget to design special trash containers and a recycling center to help streamline kitchen functionality and keep everything totally uncluttered.

Remember, a well-planned kitchen storage area can help your kitchen counters remain uncluttered and make these exterior spaces more functional. Consider adding vertical tray storage, full extension shelves, and deep drawers to easily store all of the pots, pans, kitchen trays, oven dishes and more.

Just remember that most families use the kitchen as a social haven as well as a place to prepare meals. This is why it is important to design kitchen spaces to easily remove clutter and make the room more socially appropriate for your family needs.