3 Reasons to Consider a Kitchen RemodelJune 23, 2017
How many of us actually “live” in the living room? Some of the best memories we have of home living aren’t from the living room. They’re from the kitchen. The kitchen is where food, warmth, laughter, and cooking adventures happen every day. We could probably live without a living room, but we can’t live without a kitchen.
We all spend more time in the kitchen than we think. That’s why it’s so important that your kitchen is beautiful and functional. The function is actually more important than the beauty. Kitchens are made to be used, whether it’s for cooking, cleaning up, or sitting around a table to talk or play a game.
But not all kitchens are perfect places of harmony. A poorly-designed kitchen makes it hard to do these things. From little to no clearance for doors to restricted movement between stations, badly designed kitchens can be dangerous. Dangerous kitchens should be rethought at the first available opportunity
Beauty is also a factor. If your kitchen is too old-fashioned or not in good repair, that will affect your enjoyment of it. Do you feel awkward at the prospect of having friends over and seeing your kitchen even when it’s spotless? Kitchens should provide inspiration, not be an anchor.
So, how do you know when it’s time to call the kitchen designer for an upgrade? Here are three signs that you may need to renovate the most-used room in the house.
Not enough storage
Storage is a two-pronged problem. You might just have too much stuff. Too much kitchen clutter doesn’t just make a kitchen hard to use. It’s also dangerous. When there isn’t enough space, stuff gets thrown in willy-nilly. That could cause it to fall out or make a shelf collapse. However, some kitchens are just too small to hold everything for serious entertaining. If you use most of the things in your kitchen and you still don’t have enough space, maybe it’s time to upgrade your cabinets.
If you have a lot of kitchen appliances, a small counter can fill up very fast. When you don’t have enough counter space it becomes very hard to make anything fancy. No cook wants to work in a small space. Cramped counters lead to many microwaved meals. That said, you should make sure that you’re using what you have effectively. Does the microwave really need to be on the counter, or could it go on a portable cart near an outlet? If you only use your toaster at breakfast, why not store it underneath? Things like this can free up precious counter space.
A dim kitchen is a dangerous kitchen. It’s not fun to chop vegetables in the dark, nor to try to wash knives when you can’t see where your hand is going. Don’t rely on your stove light for everything. Even a simple undercabinet fluorescent light can make a dark counter much nicer.
A dark kitchen can also feel cramped and lifeless. Indeed, it can definitely ruin the fun of entertaining. Opening out the kitchen by removing some cabinets and installing better light sources can solve this problem.
If you have even one of these three problems, it’s time to consider fixing it. If you have more than one, you may need a complete kitchen overhaul! Start by getting rid of the clutter and adding some stronger lighting. If that doesn’t do it, it’s time to consider a remodel. A consultation with a kitchen design expert can help you discover what you can do with the space you have and give you an estimate of how much it will cost for your chosen upgrades.