Committing to remodel your kitchen – or any part of your home, for that matter – is a big decision. It’s expensive, time consuming, and can be a big inconvenience throughout construction. Among these and other concerns, it’s no wonder homeowners hesitate or procrastinate remodeling! However, for many of our clients, a kitchen remodel isn’t just something they want, but something that the house really needs. It can add value, improve functionality, and allow the homeowners to really appreciate their space.
Here are 6 signs that it’s time to remodel your kitchen:
1. You plan on staying in your home. One of the first things to consider when it comes to remodeling is whether or not you plan to stay in your current home. A major remodel is a major investment, and probably isn’t the best choice financially if you are planning on moving in the next couple of years. The majority of our clients are folks that are settled in and plan on living in the same house for the rest of their lives. At that point, it may be necessary and well worth it to remodel a dated kitchen.
2. The current layout isn’t functional. The “kitchen work triangle” is common term among contractors and remodelers to determine efficient kitchen layouts. Because the primary tasks in a kitchen include the oven & cook top, the sink, and the refrigerator, these three points make up what kitchen experts call the work triangle. If there is not enough space or a clear triangle between these points, the functionality of the kitchen may be compromised and the floor plan should be reworked.
3. The appliances need replacing. Because appliances are expensive and a hassle to replace, many homeowners continue to use the appliances they have, even if the work poorly or incorrectly. Waiting for an appliance to break down completely before replacing it may sound like the logical thing to do, but this could be a serious threat to your home! An older gas stove, for instance, could have a gas leak and pose the risk of a fire. A faulty dishwasher could cause flooding and lead to water damage or dangerous mold growth. Aside from the risks, it’s best to replace dated items in order to maintain a working and functional kitchen.
4. It’s difficult to host guests. As food and beverages are the hub of every get-together, the kitchen is referred to as the heart of the home. This means that there is often more than one person in the kitchen at a time. Many older homes have floor plans in which the kitchen is separated from the dining or living room – a big offense against today’s trend of open-concept living. One of the most common remodeling requests we get is to open up the kitchen to the main part of the home. Opening the kitchen to the next room allows guests to mingle with the cook without crowding the workspace.
5. You lack storage and counter space. Whether preparing for a big group of people or just your family, cooking requires a lot of dishes, appliances, and counter space. Even if you stack things nicely, a kitchen with no room for storage can quickly become cluttered. Limited counter top space also contributes to a crowded, messy kitchen. Add in the food and preparation involved with cooking and you’ve got an even bigger mess! Redesigning your kitchen to incorporate some extra cabinets and counters really does make all the difference in how you use and enjoy the room.
6. It needs a new look. While appearance isn’t the most pressing concern for those considering a kitchen remodel, it’s definitely still important. Who doesn’t want a stylish, beautiful kitchen with shiny new appliances, sparkling counter tops and richly stained cabinets? The visual appeal and custom design are what create a unique, one-of-a-kind kitchen that homeowners can take pride in.
If you can check off any or all of these 6 signs, it may be time to really consider remodeling your kitchen. It’s a long process, but in the end, the renovations will increase the value of your home, improve the functionality of your kitchen, and be provide a modern, stylish space for your family to enjoy for years to come!
If you are ready to remodel your kitchen, or if you are interested in learning more, contact us today! We’d be happy to help!
The Medford Remodeling Team