You’re running out of space
The first hint that it’s time to upgrade your space is that you simply don’t have enough. You don’t have enough space, that is. If you’ve outgrown your kitchen, there are a lot of space saving tricks that can give you back your organization and your sanity! A lot of older kitchens adhered to a boxy shape which might not lead to having enough workspace. Maybe the angle of your refrigerator takes away from counter space or you don’t have enough cabinet storage. No matter what space you’re craving, a remodel might be what you need to solve your space problem.
You have kids or plan to have them soon
Unfortunately, a lot of older kitchen designs aren’t exactly child friendly. Think low microwaves and sharp cabinets. Modern designs are easy to secure and are designed with safety in mind. Dated appliances also can be a major hazard to children since they aren’t equipped with as many modern safety features. While you might not need to upgrade right away if you don’t have children, it’s something to keep in mind if you plan on having them soon!
You like to entertain
Open floor plans are here to stay. If you’re the hostess with the mostess, your dated kitchen might be cramping your party style. Having a kitchen that can handle large levels of traffic is a must for frequent hosts. Most modern kitchens have a walkway of at least 3 feet as well as access to other areas for entertaining. A remodel might bring your kitchen into the spotlight in ways you’d only dreamed of!
Your appliances are dated
Dated appliances aren’t only an eyesore. They also might be costing you extra cash each month in energy costs. Older appliances aren’t energy efficient, and that might add up to a lot of money lost at the end of the day. Older appliances also are prone to breaking, and it’s harder to find replacement parts when needed. If your old refrigerator is starting to lose it’s cool, it might be time to find a modern replacement that can actually lower costs in the long run.
I’ve decided to remodel. Now what?
So you’ve decided a remodel is right for you based on the criteria above? That’s great! A kitchen remodel can greatly improve the value of your house, not to mention make cooking a better experience for everyone. While you might only need minor changes to get the kitchen of your dreams, there are some things to consider before you launch into your remodel.
First, make a list of everything you want to change and everything you want to keep. This will be important when you’re in the middle of a remodel and it’s hard to tell what’s what. Next, create a budget. This is the hardest part of any remodel, and you might want to speak to a designer to get the right recommendations that fit your price point. A kitchen is an investment you’ll take into the future, so extra costs might be worth it depending on your needs.
Finally, always consult an expert before remodeling on your own. If you need to work with plumbing or electric, it’s better to be safe than sorry by working with a professional. At the end of the day, you’ll want to create something you’re really proud of! Are you ready to build the kitchen of your dreams?