No matter where in your home you remodel, you'll need to invest plenty of time and money to get the job done. That's why some people put off remodelling. But, much like bathrooms, kitchens are vital to the running of a household. So, if your kitchen is beginning to show signs of wear and tear, it might be time to pull everything out and start over.
A kitchen remodel can breathe new life into your kitchen, offering both functional and aesthetic benefits. If you have noticed the following five signs, consider remodelling your kitchen soon.
1. Your Kitchen Feels and Looks Cluttered
Space is important in a kitchen, especially in a busy household, with multiple meal preparations per day. A lack of space makes cooking and cleaning more difficult. So if your shelves and cupboards have become overwhelmed with clutter and you never seem to have enough space, consider upgrading your storage space.
You might need to replace your counters, shelves and cabinets to get the most out of your kitchen space.
2. Your Household Is Growing
A growing household needs space to operate. If your children are growing up and now beginning to cook their own food or you have a new baby on the way, this is a good time for a remodel. If multiple people might be in the kitchen at the same time preparing food, things can get cramped, unless you plan. For instance, you can add more food preparation areas to your kitchen.
And in a growing household, you may eventually need more dining space. If you have space in your kitchen, you can add a breakfast bar or dining area to accommodate multiple diners at once.
3. Your Kitchen Layout Makes Cooking Difficult
If preparing and cooking meals is consuming too much of your time because your kitchen layout is inefficient, a remodel is necessary. Your oven, refrigerator and sink should all be within easy reach of each other to form a work triangle. Having these areas within easy reach allows you to prepare and cook meals quickly and efficiently. You'll also be safer when everything is within easy reach.
4. Your Kitchen Isn't Ideal for Hosting Guests
If you enjoy hosting parties and having friends over for dinner, your kitchen needs to be easy to reach and access, especially from the areas where you and your guests relax. For instance, if your kitchen is separated from your dining room by a wall and a door, you'll often need to spend time away from your guests. You can remodel your kitchen to allow you to be closer to your guests.
By switching to an open floor plan, your guests can be a part of your cooking experience. And if you plan to spend more time entertaining in an outdoor space, you can remodel your kitchen to create an access point directly to your outdoor space.
5. Your Kitchen Is Dark and Uninviting
Does your kitchen lack light? Do you often struggle to see what you are doing in certain parts of the kitchen? Then consider remodelling your kitchen to deal with this issue. Cooking in a dark kitchen is dangerous, not to mention uninspiring. There are many ways to brighten up a dark kitchen.
If your kitchen lacks light, you can remodel it and include mirrors that bring in natural light from outdoors. And adding sliding doors can help to bring light into a dark kitchen.
Australia is currently going through a renovation boom, according to figures from the Housing Industry Association (HIA). If you are spending more time at home because of COVID-19, this might be a good time for a kitchen remodel.