To plan a kitchen renovation, set the budget, consider the use of the space, maximize space use, and hire reliable contractors. Consider the style of the kitchen you want while keeping the functionality a priority. Get estimates and input from professionals to ensure your plans are feasible for the space.
Setting the budget first helps you plan all aspects of the kitchen renovation, from the scope of the project to the finishes you choose. If you're on a limited budget, you might only renovate part of the room or reuse some of the existing elements such as the cabinets. The budget can also help you choose design elements such as a cheaper counter top material or lower-end appliances. Prioritize the elements you want in the kitchen as you work through the budget.
Consider how often you use the kitchen and the types of activities you do in the space. If you bake frequently, plan counter space near the oven. If you entertain often, design an open floor plan with serving areas. Plan out the different work spaces in the kitchen to find the best layout to work efficiently. Another way to plan the renovation is to think about the aspects of the current kitchen layout that you love and things that don't work.
Magazines and design books give a starting point for the aesthetics of the kitchen renovation. Note the style and elements that draw your attention such as a modern style or open shelving instead of closed cabinets.