Renovating your kitchen is a BIG decision and something many homeowners think about for years as it’s thought to be the most important room in a home. But how do you know when it is the right time to start though renovating?
Below are 6 signs that it’s time to take the leap and get planning.
1. Your kitchen feels like it is stuck in a time warp
A dated kitchen is difficult to deal with from an aesthetic perspective of waiting for your units to come back into fashion, but it can often mean that you’re left with older appliances which simply aren’t as efficient anymore. Dated appliances may be costing you more money than you realise. For example, buying a dishwasher with low energy consumption, delay timer, and economy cycle or half-load button will save both water and money.
2. The kitchen shows signs of damage
One of the most telling signs that a kitchen renovation is on the cards is when your existing kitchen shows signs of damage. This could include chipped and marked cabinetry or backsplashes, worn worktops, or any other signs of serious wear and tear.
3. You dislike the space so much you rarely use it
If you dislike your kitchen so much that you can’t stand to set foot in there, and you find yourself eating out more often than you should — it might be time for a change. Not all kitchens need to be completely renovated though, sometimes just a fresh coat of paint, plastering touch-ups, updated appliances, and updated fixtures can do the trick without the expense of a full renovation.
4. Traffic flow
If your kitchen layout is awkward to use, doesn’t use the space efficiently or is simply not practical, a renovation might be on the cards. If there’s more than one cook in your household, consider making more room around the main workspace. The big 3, fridge, stove/oven & sink should be in the shape of a triangle to maximise efficiency while cooking, or if you love entertaining with a growing family, and have the option for it, an open plan kitchen with an island bench that allows for more social interaction.
5. The storage space is limited
There’s only so much stacking of plates, pots, and pans you can do before your cupboards seem like they’re bursting at the seams. Why not add more storage?
Overhead cupboards are both functional and versatile. When choosing your cabinetry, clever uses of space can include simple yet effective options such as corner cabinet carousels and integrated dishwashers.
Kitchens should open out to a dining and lounge room, and, ideally, it should also connect to the outdoor entertaining area. You also may want to rearrange the position of windows to allow for more sunlight or to watch your children play in the garden
If you are considering fitting a new kitchen, or would like to update your fixtures and fittings, give Hire A Hubby a call.