Important Design Considerations to Make before Your Kitchen Remodel 

The kitchen is the heart of every home. It’s the place where families gather to cook, entertain, and relax. Whether you’re building a new home or remodeling an existing kitchen, there are several things to keep in mind when planning and designing a kitchen that is attractive, functional, and comfortable.

During a kitchen remodel, a lot can go wrong. One of the quickest ways to guarantee that everything will go wrong is to avoid planning the project carefully. There’s no need to rush into a renovation or remodeling project. Doing so often means a higher overall cost and a lot of regret.

Some good questions to ask before beginning a kitchen renovation are, “Why do I want to change my kitchen? Is the kitchen outdated or is it no longer meeting my family’s needs? Once you’ve identified the problem(s), start doing some research, identify your budget, and hire a contractor to assist you throughout the process.


Here are the steps you should take and some factors to consider before your next kitchen renovation:


Step 1: Do Your Research

Visit kitchen showrooms and home renovation stores to find items that fit your needs, wants, and style. Take note of kitchen layouts, designs, appliances, fixtures, and building materials. This will assist in determining what you want to include in your design and what you can afford. Attend neighborhood home tours. This will allow you to observe kitchen designs, layouts, and renovations. Take virtual tours of kitchen remodeling projects through HGTV Dream Home Kitchens, House Beautiful Luxury Kitchen Designs, and Better Homes and Gardens, to name a few. Visit our Kitchen Remodel page for photos, videos, ideas, and inspiration. 


Step 2: Plan Your Budget

Begin by defining the scope of your project. Are you updating existing items in your kitchen including sink(s), countertops, and/or cabinets? Or are you planning a total kitchen “gut”? Once you have a goal in mind, you can better determine a budget for your kitchen project.

Use your research notes on kitchen layouts, designs, cabinets, appliances, fixtures, building and flooring materials to create an itemized list of different brands and price points. This will assist in determining which items fit into your budget. You also can prioritize this list from the greatest necessity to least.


Consider hidden costs, particularly if you are changing the kitchen floor plan. You will have to plan on additional costs for plumbing, electrical, and potential building code issues. At this point, you need to consult with a contractor to define additional costs for your kitchen remodel.

See: How Much Does A Michael James Remodel and Home Renovation Cost?

Step 3: Choosing Appliances

One of the most important features in your kitchen remodel is the appliances. While there are standardized sizes for every appliance, specific cabinetry clearances, electrical, plumbing, and mechanical requirements will vary by manufacturer and installation method.

At a minimum, every kitchen must have a cooking surface with burners, an oven, a refrigerator, a microwave, and dishwasher. Whether you need a single oven or two, four burners or eight, a separate refrigerator and freezer, a wine chiller, an ice maker, or a warming drawer each will be specific to the needs of your family and how you live. 

When selecting appliances, be sure to consider size, finishes, features, and of course, budget.


Step 4: Design Your Kitchen Layout

After a remodel, a kitchen should be comfortable and usable, as well as beautiful. Designing and choosing the layout is a critical part of the remodeling process. A good layout makes use of the work triangle. Work areas, such as the sink, stove top, and refrigerator, should be arranged so they each act as the point of a triangle, making them easily and logically accessible. 

When planning the design of the kitchen, group like areas together. For example, the sink and dishwasher should be near each other, as both need plumbing. A cook typically needs to rinse dishes in the sink before loading them in the dishwasher, too. It also makes sense to lay out the kitchen so that dish and glassware storage is within reach of the sink and dishwasher area, to make unloading the dishwasher a more efficient chore. Similarly the refrigerator, pantry and prep area should be near each other with the sink a part of that triangle.

Step 5: Shop Around for the Right Contractor

Whether you’re researching contractors online or getting recommendations from friends, get quotes from multiple contractors. Invite contractors and designers into your home to discuss your kitchen renovation requirements. Take into consideration not only the price but also, the contractor’s ability to complete the job, per your specifications and needs. A good contractor, if found earlier enough in the process can help make all the steps of planning your kitchen remodel from budgeting to design much easier.

See: How to find the best remodeling contractor.

It is recommended that you get at least three qualified quotes from kitchen contractors before starting a project. Be sure to share your “wish” list of necessary products and brands, so they can incorporate them into the bid. Remember, their bid will include additional costs for labor, tools and any other project overhead.


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No More Cold Feet

Of course, one of the biggest benefits of a radiant tile floor is that you won’t have any more cold feet when you get out of your shower. There are few things more unpleasant than stepping out of a nice warm shower onto a freezing tile floor. This can be especially bad in the wintertime, when cold feet can become agony.

Heated tile floors will keep your toes nice and toasty when you get out of the shower and during those early morning chills. Best of all, studies have shown that keeping your feet warm can play an important role in regulating your overall body temperature. A heated tile floor can make your overall bathroom experience more comfortable simply by warming up your toes.

Fewer Microbes

Most people who don’t have heated tile floors cope with that chilly tile by putting down bath mats. This helps to keep water off the floor, which can eliminate slipping hazards, and it provides a barrier between your feet and the cold floor. The problem is that these bath mats can become a breeding ground for microbes.

Mold, mildew, and other microbes love environments that are warm and damp, and bath mats make the perfect environment for them. Depending on how often you wash your bath mat, you could be stepping out of your shower onto a thriving colony of germs. Because heated floors eliminate the need for bath mats, they could make your bathroom more hygienic.

Fewer Allergens

If you struggle with allergies or asthma, forced air systems could cause you a lot of problems. These systems heat your house by blowing warm air into the room through vents in the floor or ceiling. The problem is that this blast of air can kick up dust and allergens, not to mention providing a system of ducts for all these allergens to collect in.

Radiant heating doesn’t blow dust or allergens around, and it can do much more than just warm up your feet. In fact, a radiant heat system can warm up your bathroom by as much as five degrees without any forced air assistance. Using these systems can reduce the amount you have to use your forced air system, keeping your allergies and asthma at a minimum.

More Uniform Heating

One of the other major downsides of a forced-air heating system is that they tend to heat rooms unevenly. We’ve all experienced times when we were sitting under a vent that was blasting hot or cold air on us. We were uncomfortable, but the people on the other side of the room might feel perfectly fine.

Radiant heating systems can help to eliminate these cold spots in your bathroom. The mesh or tubing is distributed evenly throughout the floor, meaning every area will get the same gentle warmth. As you move through your bathroom, you’ll stay at the same perfect level of comfort, rather than sweating in one spot and freezing in another.

Greater Energy Efficiency

Now at this point, you may be thinking that offsetting forced air systems with radiant heat is fine and good, but what will it cost? Although you will be able to use your forced air system less, you will have to pay for the extra electricity or gas to heat that system. The good news is that you could actually save money on your utility bills by using a radiant heat system.

Radiant heat systems tend to be more energy-efficient than forced-air systems thanks to their design. Heat rises, so radiant heat systems have to put off less heat to get the room to a comfortable temperature than forced air systems with ceiling vents do. They can also cycle on and off without involving a heat pump and compressor, saving you money and keeping you more comfortable.

No Wasted Space

One of the biggest struggles with adding extra heating systems to your bathroom design is figuring out where to put the components. If you have floor vents, you have to arrange your furniture so those aren’t blocked. And if you’re using space heaters, you wind up with unattractive units hanging on your walls or sitting on your floors, taking up space.

Radiant heat systems are completely invisible and don’t take up any extra space in your home. Because they live under the floors, they blend in seamlessly with your layout. You can get the extra comfort you need without having to work around an unwieldy heating system.

It is important to note that if you decide to use a hydronic radiant heat system, you will have to find someplace to put the water heater for that system.

No Extra Noise

When you walk into your bathroom, you want it to be a relaxing, spa-like experience. This should be someplace you can breathe and unwind, escaping from the noise and demands of the outside world. Unfortunately, that can be a little hard to pull off if you’re listening to the buzz and whoosh of a forced-air heating system.

Other heating systems can be annoyingly noisy, but radiant heating systems are completely silent. In particular, electric systems make no noise, heating your floors without a whisper of extra sound. You can relax in the oasis that is your bathroom without having to tune out extra noise.


If you’ve ever lived with another person, you know that we all have different preferences when it comes to comfortable temperatures. You may like things toasty warm, while your partner may swelter in those temperatures. Heated bathroom flooring can eliminate fights over the thermostat, since they’re completely customizable.

Your radiant heat system will come with a thermostat that you can set to whatever temperature range is comfortable for you. As we’ll discuss more in a moment, you can even set schedules so the system heats to a different temperature depending on when you and your partner each get ready. And don’t worry – these systems never get hot enough to burn even the most sensitive toes.

Scheduling Features

As with any heating system, radiant heating systems take time to warm up. So it may seem pointless to have one of these systems if you’re still going to have to walk on a freezing floor while you wait for it to warm up. But these system designers aren’t about to let you live with cold feet every morning.

Heated tile floor controls usually come with a scheduling feature that allows you to program when you want your system to kick on. If you have to get up at 7 in the morning and you know your system takes about fifteen minutes to heat up, you can set it to turn on at 6:45. Your floors will be heated to perfection by the time you’re ready to get out of bed in the morning.

No Maintenance

One of the best things about installing a radiant heat system is that you’ll never have to do any maintenance on it. Because these systems live under tile floors, they aren’t exactly accessible. This means that designers create them to last for a lifetime without any ongoing maintenance needs.

Once again, hydronic heating systems can be a little different in this regard. The boiler that heats the water for your system may need attention from time to time, although this is rare. But for the most part, these systems are set it and forget it, providing ongoing comfort in your space for the duration of their life.

Improved Home Value

When you’re doing a bathroom remodel, one of the factors you need to think about is how it will impact the resale value of your home. You want to create something that you will enjoy, but also something that will get you more money when it comes time to sell your house. In general, bathrooms and kitchens tend to bring the most extra resale value to homes, especially when they’re luxurious.

Heated flooring says to a buyer that your home is built for luxury and comfort. When you list your home, adding that feature to your description could get you more viewings and even a higher sale price. These systems may well pay for themselves thanks to their extra energy efficiency and the value they bring to your home.

Discover the Joys of Heated Tile Floors

Heated tile floors are a fantastic way to make your bathroom more comfortable all year round. They can provide a more even heat and may even reduce the amount of allergens and microbes in your bathroom. They can also save you money on utility bills and improve your home value, paying for themselves in the long run.

If you’d like to discover the joys of heated tile floors for yourself, check out the rest of our site at Michael James Remodeling. We are here to bring your vision of your dream home to life in your kitchen, bathroom, basement, and more. Chat with us today and discover what to expect when you experience renovation the Michael James way.


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