New to Kitchens? Read Me First!

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If you are new to Houzz's Kitchens Forum (formerly, GardenWeb's Kitchens Forum), you may find the following information and links to various topics* helpful as you begin your Kitchen journey. These topics will help you navigate the world of kitchen remodeling and, in the process, introduce you to ideas that you may not have thought of or seriously considered.

We begin by helping you come up with a "Mission Statement" or "Goal" for your future kitchen and continue through the planning, implementation, and, finally, the unveiling of your final kitchen and the enjoyment of working in a kitchen that YOU helped come to pass!

For inspiration, the Finished Kitchens Blog (FKB) has pictures and information about many Kitchens Forum members' finished kitchens from a few years ago. You can search for a particular member's kitchen by name or search for kitchens by category (e.g., cabinets, countertops, kitchen basics, special features, etc.) using the "Find-A-Kitchen" link at the top of any FKB page. Additionally, there are also links to "Coming Soon Kitchens" and "In-Progress Kitchens" for those members' kitchens that have not yet been added to the FKB. These links are also in the "Find-A-Kitchen" link. (Note that the kitchens in the FKB are several years old. The FKB is not currently being updated with new kitchens. Also note that the FKB was intended to display kitchens that were designed and worked on via the Kitchens Forum; it is not a showcase for just any kitchen remodel.)

The Appliances Forum is very useful when you have questions specific to appliances related to your Kitchen. (There's a separate Laundry Room forum for laundry room and appliance questions as well.)

An additional resource is our [Acronyms[(https://www.houzz.com/discussions/faq-thread-acronyms-abbreviations-and-definitions-dsvw-vd~5364389) thread that lists the acronyms and abbreviations commonly used on this Forum.



One very important note…

When asking questions (e.g., asking for layout help), please keep in mind that everyone here is trying to help, not criticize maliciously. Some of us can be blunt, but no one is out to deliberately insult or hurt anyone. When your kitchen is done, we want you to have a kitchen that functions wonderfully well and looks nice overall -- but the process will take time and may entail comments that many times you won't want to hear (e.g., when a layout is dysfunctional). We strongly recommend you "keep listening" to what others have to say but, in the end, you don't have to take any advice given here. It's your kitchen and you are the one who will make the final decisions!


Again, welcome and good luck! The journey is wild, sometimes bumpy, but fun and very rewarding in the end!



* Note: If this thread has more than 500 comments, the first few comments/posts will be hidden. These are the most important posts as they are the "meat" of this thread -- the topics! To see the topics and help referred to above, select the "See XX more comments" link. See the picture below.

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