The first step to a new kitchen that really works for you is to make a list of what is not working in the existing kitchen. List all the elements that are worn out and need replacing. List appliances and counters that are in inconvenient places. If the kitchen area is too small, look for areas that it can expand to. Maybe it is next to a formal dining room you never use, or a living room that is too large and can give some space to the kitchen and still serve it's function well. The wall between the kitchen and living room can be replaced with an open counter space. For structural changes like this, you will need a professional contractor.
When thinking about replacing the old cabinetry with a custom kitchen cabinet design, you should decide on a design and the size of the shelves you'll need before you go shopping. Get magazines that feature custom kitchen cabinet design or take a trip to your local library and see what information and books they have there. You can always go online when you are shopping for a custom kitchen cabinet design; on the internet you will find tons of information that will help to lead you in the right direction.
If your kitchen's ceiling is high enough, you could try upper and lower cabinets. It's a bit expensive but they are worth every penny. Sooner or later, you would be packing more things. It would be a good thing if that happens and you know you have some plenty more space in your tall cabinets. This would really be useful in the future and also it would be very useful as well if you have lots of stuff to store, this is the type of cabinet for you. Just remember, this is only suitable if you have high - ceilings on your kitchen.
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