Your kitchen is truly the center of your home and should reflect your lifestyle. Not only does it need to accommodate your cooking needs, it needs to provide the space needed for dining and lots of storage room.
How do you determine when it is time to renovate your kitchen? Does your kitchen not meet your needs? Here are some questions to ask to help you determine if it is time to remodel.
How Many Cooks In The Kitchen?
Do you cook alone? If not, do you have space for another cook? If your kitchen was built before 1980, it was probably designed for only one cook and is separate from your dining area. Today, many people gather in the kitchen and dine in the kitchen. Couples like to cook together. Answer questions on how your lifestyle affects the amount of space needed for your kitchen.
Does Your Existing Layout Work?
You don’t have to stick to your kitchen’s existing layout. As you consider your kitchen layout, here are some things to consider:
• How do you move around the space?
• Does the space accommodate your cooking routine?
• Can you easily move from appliance to appliance?
• Do you want to eat in your kitchen?
Does Your Kitchen’s Organization And Functionality Work?
Depending on the age of your kitchen, you might confront electrical or plumbing concerns as you remodel. Work with a contractor to verify that the heart of your kitchen can accommodate the newest technology (appliances, lighting, etc.) you will add. Today’s kitchen appliances are much more energy-efficient and have a wider range of functions.
Does Your Kitchen Lack Luster And Appeal?
The true beauty of a kitchen is its functionality! They are easier to maintain and cook. Counters have changed substantially over the years. Today, quartz and granite countertops are easy to maintain and function well. Stone counters add beauty and are more durable than tile and laminate.
Even faucets have changed dramatically and are more functional with sprays that are part of the unit. They are easier to fill larger pots with pivoting goosenecks.
Lighting has changed with the use of LED and halogen bulbs versus the old fluorescent light in the center of the kitchen.
New flooring is also easier to clean and less susceptible to stains like the old standard linoleum. Wood flooring is very common in homes today because it is attractive and extremely durable.
What Is Your Budget?
This is the question you need to answer before you begin any of the renovation process. Set a realistic budget, which is between 6 and 10 percent of your home value for a complete kitchen remodel. You need to decide where to save and where to splurge.
Today’s interest rates are much lower than they were 30 years ago, and now may be the time to take advantage of financing options to make improvements. You also need to ask yourself how long you plan to stay in your home to realize the benefits of your remodel. If you plan to move soon, you may not want to complete a full remodel.
To avoid going over budget, be sure on your materials and finishes and try to stay with your plans. Changes add up. Plan for a few surprises in a remodel. You never know what you may run into if you tear down a wall.
Your main question to ask yourself – what is the main reason you want to remodel your kitchen? Before you meet with a contractor or decide to move forward yourself, make sure you have a clear idea of what how you want the kitchen to look and feel. You want the kitchen to flow with the rest of your home for not only looks but for potential resale value down the road.
Be sure to also view various kitchens online for ideas of your style. You can get inspired for ideas within your taste and budget.