Five Easy Steps to a Create Your Dream Kitchen  With Isabel Mendez

Houston Interior Designer Isabel Mendez shares five must-know tips for an effortless kitchen renovation.

It is cliche but true; the kitchen is the heart of any home. A beautiful, inviting kitchen will make your home more livable and increase its value like few other renovation projects will do. According to Isabel Mendez of Mendez Interior Design, there are several things to consider before embarking on a kitchen remodel. 

"It is important to think about the end-user in any kitchen remodeling project. Top-of-the-line appliances might be important to an at-home chef while investing in aesthetics and functionality might matter more to others," says Mendez, creator of Bucsee, a line of custom cabinetry. "It is vital to do all the prep work first. Although it might be a tedious process to pick out appliances, cabinetry, and a quality contractor before starting your project - the result will make you love your gleaming new kitchen even more."

We sat down with Mendez to talk about the essential parts of an easy kitchen renovation. 


Analyze your home value to assess a reasonable investment for your property. Remember to add value to your home, but don't overdo it. A renovation budget can get out of hand quickly, so it is crucial to set up a budget before the project begins.


A kitchen remodel becomes a life disruptor from day one. If you plan to stay in your house throughout your remodel, you will need to set up a temporary kitchen to do some basic cooking and reheating. Make sure your dates work best with your family and avoid starting a remodel too close to holidays or an important family event in case your project is delayed. 


The world of kitchen materials is so ample it can be hard to decide what to select. Give some thought to the fact that some materials are easier to maintain and that some will be more resilient to use than others. 


Once your kitchen is designed, the appliances and materials are selected - it is now in the hands of your contractor. Select your contractor carefully, as this will be the person taking your kitchen from a dream to a reality. Your contractor will be in your house five to six days a week anywhere from two to six months, depending on the complexity of your project. Meet with at least two contractors and ask to see their work. Check for quality and cleanliness in addition to their quotes. This choice may make or break your remodel experience.


It is common to hire a kitchen designer to help with your project. A designer will help develop your concept and style, specify your appliances, and select the appropriate materials for your way of life. A designer can also help lead the process and coordinate with your contractor through supervision and communication to make this time less stressful.

Isabel Mendez Interior Design

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