Why remodel your kitchen? It’s about more than repairing leaky plumbing or updating old designs. An investment in the kitchen is an investment in yourself and your future.
The kitchen is the heart of the home and the place you spend a lot of your time. So much revolves around the kitchen, it’s always worth the investment. Here are 10 reasons to remodel your kitchen.
#1 Increase the Footprint
If you often find yourself elbowing your significant other or ramming your hips into the countertop when you use your kitchen, it may be time to consider increasing the size of your kitchen. Adding more workspace (like an island) or expanding the overall size can go a long way to making your kitchen more comfortable to work in.
#2 Give Accessibility a Bump
Accessibility means making the kitchen work for any special needs you or your family have. It’s also about ensuring that everyone can use the kitchen comfortably. Lower some of the countertops for shorter users. Include pullout shelves in the lower cabinets so older users can get to everything they need without having to get down on the floor.
#3 Modernize the Design
If you still have one of those orange-y oak encrusted kitchens, you could wait for that style to come back into vogue or you could update it. Neutral and light colored kitchens tend to be more universally appealing. Far from being bland, they allow you (and potential future owners) to add details and accessories to personalize the space.
#4 Boost Functionality
A remodel is the perfect time to think about the way you use your kitchen and design it accordingly. If you need more than one oven or a separate prep area go for it. If you find you regularly have people in the kitchen with you when you play hostess, maybe you want an elevated bar where you can do your thing and your guests can still enjoy your company.
#5 Repair Existing Elements
As tempting as it might be to save some money by keeping existing plumbing or electrical, a remodel is the right time to update these too. Give any elements that you plan to keep a thorough going over to ensure you won’t have to make repairs in the near future. May as well do it all at once rather than tear up your kitchen twice.
#6 Go Eco-Friendly
Many older kitchens are in dire need of some of the amazing eco-friendly technology available today. Choose water saving faucets, energy efficient appliances, and other great technology that makes your kitchen a top-of-the-line money saver and friend to the environment.
#7 Increase Resale Value
Nothing bumps the value of your home like a kitchen remodel. It’s at the top of the list for homebuyers. A nice fresh kitchen opens the eyes of potential buyers to the possibilities for the rest of the house. Be sure to keep things neutral and stay away from specializing or personalizing anything permanent and you’ll be in business.
#8 Smarten Up Your Kitchen
A smart kitchen is not only a necessity, it’s in high demand. If power outlets are too few and far between in your kitchen, it’s a safe bet that you could use a tech upgrade. As one of the most important rooms of the house, technology should definitely play a leading role in a remodel. Add more outlets where it counts and consider perks like wireless charging stations and touchless faucets.
#9 Create a Family Space
You wouldn’t think that a better kitchen would bring the family together, but with the right design and forethought, it can. The kitchen can become the center of study, work, cooking, eating, playing, and visiting. That’s worth a remodel, right?
#10 Save Time
How can your kitchen save you time? With the right layout and functionality, you save time. When your kitchen works for you, life runs smoother. For instance, if you have to walk across the entirety of the kitchen from your prep area to the stove top, that time can add up quickly. If you cook for a large family but have only four burners that can multiply time spent also. Design your kitchen to be a time saver.
Why remodel your kitchen? Hopefully you found at least one reason to go for it. Kitchen remodels are an investment that keeps on giving no matter how long you live in your home. Ready to take the next step? Here’s what you should do next.