One of the most significant home improvement projects that you can undertake is a kitchen remodel. This project causes a great deal of disruption, plenty of time, and a significant investment. But, the results are well worth the investment and it can add value to your home if you’re considering selling in the near future, In this article, we will look at five signs that you may need to consider a kitchen remodel in the future.
- A Lack of Space
A modern kitchen needs plenty of space for food preparation and storage. If your kitchen is lacking in countertop and cabinet space, it may be time for a remodeling project. Many kitchens are smaller or poorly laid out, and this can lead people to believe that nothing can be done. This isn’t correct; there are many modern clever kitchen storage solutions to create additional space in any kitchen. If you want to increase the space in your kitchen, it’s important to evaluate your needs and research the options carefully. You may be surprised at some of the space and storage solutions available.
- Aging Appliances
Kitchen appliances can have a hard life, their life expectancy is limited, and this can lead to a remodel. On average, a dishwasher lasts for nine years, a refrigerator lasts for thirteen years, and a gas range fifteen years. If your last kitchen remodel was sometime prior to 2005, the prognosis for your kitchen appliances isn’t good. An older appliance will be less energy efficient, and this leads to higher monthly bills. Certain appliances may even be dangerous or more likely to fail in the years to come. If you want that super sleek uniform look in a modern kitchen, it’s a great idea to change all of your old appliances at the same time. This doesn’t require a kitchen remodel, but many people take this opportunity to make other larger changes to the layout.
- Family Changes
Over time family changes can trigger the need for an extensive kitchen remodel. If you have new kids joining your family, you’re going to need a very different kitchen than if they are older about to go to college. An extended close family may need more space for entertaining at home, but if you don’t entertain much, this space is wasted. Our needs change a lot during our lifetimes, and we need our kitchens to stay relevant to our family needs.
- Bad Lighting
Many people approach kitchen lighting as an afterthought, but this is a key area, and it can make a huge difference in your kitchen. A well designed kitchen should have plenty of useful lighting for food preparation tasks to avoid injuries from knives and other equipment. This is often achieved with under cabinet lights and/or clever positioning of spotlights. A general level of lighting is also needed using track or recessed lighting options. If you’re going to redesign your kitchen lighting, you may discover that you need to change the layout at the same time to meet your requirements.
- A Lack of Flow
A kitchen needs to be easy to use, everything should be close to hand, and it must be an efficient use of space. In many older kitchens, the design is poor, the key elements to use the kitchen are present, but they often crowded together, or they are too far apart. It’s important to understand that there is no one size fits all kitchen design to meet everyone’s needs. We all use our kitchens in different ways, and we need to design a kitchen that matches our needs. But, if you want a kitchen that other people will like to use because you’re planning on selling your home consult a designer for advice first.