If remodelling your kitchen has been on your mind for a while, but you haven’t yet executed your carefully thought out plans, now is the time to bring your vision boards to life. Cross-culturally, kitchens are the meeting place for families; It is where we gather, where we eat, and where we laugh. Being the room in the house that likely see’s the most use or wear and tear, there are a multitude of practical reasons to give it the face lift it deserves, and when modelled or staged just right it can be the point of attraction that many buyers are seeking. If you are still not convinced that now is the time to begin your remodel, here is a list of reasons why a new and improved kitchen is the way to go.
We all know the feeling of coming home to an old, outdated kitchen. Nothing is where you need it, counter space is sparse, appliances are bunched together, and the overall aesthetic doesn’t really bring us joy. Completing a kitchen renovation allows you the opportunity to improve the functionality of your kitchen and really make it a room in the house that you are proud of. Depending on how big or small of a renovation you can handle, you may want to consider removing a non-load bearing wall to allow for a more open-concept layout, or have an electrician do some rewiring to relocate appliances for better functionality. The ultimate goal is to increase the amount of space you have, the ease of use, and improve organization. Three designs that meet these needs are a U shaped layout, L shaped layout, or a single wall of cabinets with a centre island.
One of the most practical and efficient ways to save money on your monthly electric bill is by upgrading your appliances. In most homes, the refrigerator is the most energy-consuming appliance. Likewise, energy-efficient dishwashers can be up to 25% more efficient than older models, and minimize your household water consumption. On top of being energy efficient in the most basic of terms, if your new appliances have smart technology they may offer additional controls that allow you to be more economical in your daily usage patterns.
The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in your house, and it can make or break you when selling. It is a central aspect of the home and is often the place where the family meets, talks, and spends time together. Because of this, it also has one of the highest rates for return on investment (ROI), where even a minor remodel can make an impact. Upgrading cabinets, countertops, fixtures, hardware, and lighting, and providing a fresh coat of paint are all great tips to breathe new life into an otherwise dated kitchen and have an ROI of 75%+.
The layout of the kitchen may have worked for the previous owners who occupied the space, but that doesn’t mean it works for you. Completing a kitchen remodel doesn’t just afford you the opportunity to show off your personal style, it also allows you to optimize the space in the way that works best for you and your family. Maybe you want a breakfast bar, or a functional chefs centre island to complete your food prep. Designing and completing your kitchen upgrade allows you to incorporate anything that makes the kitchen feel more like it was made for you and your family.
Kitchens can be one of the most dangerous rooms in the average home if not cared for and maintained properly. However, by adding in a few recommended safety features, you will feel a level of comfort within the walls of your kitchen that you never had before. Improving your lighting, adding safe storage for your fire extinguisher, upgrading your electrical outlets, improving ergonomics with sliding drawers to eliminate bending and twisting, or using slip resistant flooring are excellent options that improve the overall safety of your kitchen.
There are many ways that you can complete a kitchen remodel with a few DIY tips, a handy person, and a good vision. However, if you lack the creativity gene and are looking for someone to complete the renovation for you, there are many hardware stores and contractors that have great ideas and options to completely transform your kitchen into the beautiful, inviting, functional space that you know it can be.
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