Everything You Need To Know About Planning A New Kitchen

Everything You Need To Know About Planning A New Kitchen

It’s time to get rid of that outdated cooking area and upgrade to the kitchen of your dreams. It can be an intimidating venture if you’ve never renovated this space before, but with the guidance of professionals, planning a new kitchen can be fun.

Let’s delve into some of the steps involved in the kitchen remodeling process.

Imagine Your Dream Kitchen

Start by deciding on your dream kitchen’s style and functionality. First, consider how you use the space. If you love to cook, prioritize high-quality appliances and ample counter space.

If it’s the social hub of your home, think about an open layout with a large island for gatherings. Next, think about the design style.

Do you envision a modern and minimalist space, or is a cozy, traditional kitchen more your style? Turn to Pinterest, social media, and design magazines for ideas.

Set A Budget

Establishing a budget early on is crucial. In Maryland, kitchen remodels can vary widely in price depending on size, materials, and the extent of the project.

Compare the costs of similar remodels to get an estimate. No matter what your budget is, make sure to include a buffer of 10-20% for unexpected expenses, such as structural repairs or last-minute changes.

Setting this aside is especially important with Maryland’s historical homes.

Hire A Team Of Professionals

Kitchen renovations are very complex. It is always best to work with a professional team than to DIY.

Look for experienced designers and contractors who specialize in kitchens. They can help navigate the complexities of layout planning, material selection, permitting, and installation.

Ensure they are licensed and insured in Maryland. Moreover, check their past work to ensure they will be able to handle the project you’re planning.

Plan The Layout And Select Materials

Your kitchen layout determines how you use your kitchen. Consider the traffic flow and how you’ll move between different areas when cooking or entertaining.

To optimize efficiency, focus on the work triangle between the stove, refrigerator, and sink. Selecting countertops, cabinets, and flooring materials involves balancing aesthetics, durability, and budget.

Granite, wood, and quartz are popular for countertops. For cabinetry, consider aesthetics, storage needs, and material quality. Flooring should be durable, stain-resistant, and easy to clean.

Choose Appliances And Fixtures

Appliances are the workhorses of your kitchen. Choose energy-efficient models that fit your cooking needs and kitchen layout.

Also, good lighting is essential in a kitchen. Combine overhead, task, and accent lighting to create a functional and welcoming space.

Additionally, think about positioning outlets for charging stations and appliances, making sure they’re both practical and compliant with Maryland building codes. Finally, consider backsplashes, cabinet hardware, and fixtures to add personality and character to your kitchen.


Planning a new kitchen in Maryland is a significant undertaking that requires careful consideration of a wide range of factors, from design and functionality to budget. Fret not because our team at Cardigan Kitchens and Baths is here to help.

From conceptualization and installation to the final inspection, we will work with you through every step of planning a new kitchen. Contact us now and let’s make your dream kitchen come to life.