A kitchen renovation is something that we often put off, due to both the disruption and cost of undertaking such a big home project. The kitchen is one of the main rooms in your home, and being without it while work is done can be a real pain, especially if you have a family, however it also means that it is well worth ensuring that you have a kitchen that you truly love and that is enjoyable to spend time in.
Despite the upheaval, replacing your kitchen is a worthwhile project, and eating out for a little while isn’t really so bad when you consider the benefits. We thought we’d run through three signs that it may well be time for you to take the plunge and replace your kitchen if it’s something that you’ve been putting off.
It looks dated
Perhaps you moved into your home and needed to do a lot of work on the property as a whole, so left the kitchen as it was because it functioned well enough for the time being, but now you’re sick of its outdated decor, appliances, and feel.
Or maybe you’ve been living in your home for a long time and your tastes have changed since you last gave things a refresh.
You probably wouldn’t be surprised to learn that one of the main reasons people choose to replace their kitchens is simply because they no longer look good. Whether that is due to changes in taste or trends, the bottom line is that your kitchen should be a space that you enjoy spending time in, and a modern kitchen will also add value to your home.
We spoke to Lakeland Kitchens who told us “quite often people who are looking to sell their homes will have work done in order to fetch a higher price for the property, and while this is certainly beneficial, there is much to be said for not waiting until you want to sell up to update your space.
It seems a shame to refresh your kitchen in order for somebody else to benefit from it, so why not transform the space now if it’s something that you know will need doing down the line anyway.”
It no longer suits your needs
A kitchen that isn’t functional is frustrating to spend time in, and this is one reason that you really can’t ignore so easily. People outgrow their kitchens all the time, whether that is due to a growing family or just an increased interest in cooking, and redesigning the space to make sure that you can easily do everything you want to can make a huge difference to your day to day life.
Perhaps you want to be able to dine in your kitchen or entertain dinner guests while you cook for them, or maybe your current design is making poor use of the space and you need to rethink your storage.
Take some time to consider exactly what you want from the space when redesigning, for example, do you want your appliances to be hidden? Plan for all of these things and sit down with an expert who might be able to suggest things you hadn’t thought of yourself.
Even if you have a small space to work with, you’d be surprised at just how much you can do to maximise the available space and ensure you have enough storage. These days cabinets are often installed right up against the ceiling to avoid wasting space, and there are all sorts of clever ways of making use of awkward corners. Check out these clever storage solutions on Forbes for a little inspiration.
Wear and tear
One final but important sign that it might be time to give your kitchen a little makeover is wear and tear or damage. Water damage can be particularly serious, as even a small leak could have disastrous consequences.
Water damage can allow your kitchen to develop bad odours, or grow mould which can be harmful to your health, particularly for asthma sufferers.
There are also safety concerns to bear in mind, and if things are worn out or broken they may not be safe to keep if you have children.
We hope this has given you a little bit of inspiration to finally tackle that kitchen remodelling project you’ve been putting off all these years!