If it seems like yesterday that you were choosing colored appliances and wood paneling and stenciling roosters across the top of your walls for your kitchen renovation, it’s probably time to think about doing another remodel. Even if it’s been sooner than that, if you are running into more than two of these problems, it’s probably time to pull out your design skills and do another overhaul.
Safety should be your first concern. Cabinet doors that won’t stay closed are a real pain (both literally and figuratively) and chips in the countertop material can be sharp as well as unsightly. Uneven, chipped, or upturned flooring can be a tripping hazard, which, in a bustling kitchen, can be a life and death problem. Mold from leaky faucets can cause some real issues if left untreated, and leaking appliances (such as refrigerator ice-making plumbing) can do a lot of damage because they’re hard to catch early on. If you are finding that safety is an issue in your kitchen, it is definitely time to consider a remodel.
Cleanliness is right up there next to safety as a reason to remodel your kitchen. One homeowner recently renovated her kitchen from tile to granite countertops. The problem wasn’t that there was tile to begin with; it was that she could never get it clean. The previous owners had used 12″ floor tiles with ½” of sandy grout that they had patched and epoxied so many times that it was impossible to sanitize. When you’re doing all of your food preparation for your family on your table and countertop, you need to be confident that things are getting clean!
Cleanliness extends further than just your countertop surface, however. It can be backsplashes that collect dust and grime, chipped tile (both on the floor and countertop) that harbor dirt and bacteria, and existing cabinet door finishes that have worn off and are constantly tacky and grimy. Additionally, if your tabletop has deep scratches or dents that you can’t sand down and refinish, it might be time for a new kitchen table.
Having enough space in your kitchen is a must, so if you’re feeling a little more cramped than you used to, it may be time to renovate. For some people, that might mean taking out cabinets, while other people might want to add cabinets. One easy way to increase your storage space is to add short cabinets into the space between the top of your existing cabinets and the ceiling. That odd place is perfect for appliances and dishes that only get brought out once or twice a year.
Depending on your lifestyle, taking out an island or bar top might free up space for a larger kitchen table, while adding an island or bar might remove the need for a table altogether while giving you more floor space. Whatever you choose, make sure that you leave yourself enough room to move freely or chat while you cook.
4. Appliances and Fixtures
Appliances can make or break a kitchen, but replacing them can also take a bite out of your wallet. Chipped or rusting stoves don’t necessarily mean that you need to scrap them; instead, you can purchase enamel repair kits at your local hardware store, and with a little bit of elbow grease, you can get your appliances looking like new again. If your appliances are energy suckers or just don’t fit the space well, it may be time to pull the trigger and buy new appliances. When you’re shopping around, be sure to look for ENERGY STAR appliances that will save you energy and money in the long run.
Fixtures can completely change the look of your kitchen as well, and they don’t typically cost a whole lot. Replacing a leaky faucet is simple, can save you money on your water bill, and usually costs less than $200. Similarly, switching to LED bulbs can save money on your energy bill, while going from canned to pendant lighting is an easy way to upgrade the space.
5. Future Plans for Selling
Your current home may not be your forever home, but you can still enjoy it while you’re there. If your kitchen is outdated, know that you will probably get low-ball offers instead of asking price when it comes time to sell your house. You don’t have to go all out, but spending a little bit of time and money to bring your kitchen into the current decade is well worth it in resale potential. Believe us, if you feel embarrassed by or angry at the sight of your kitchen, it’s time to renovate.
If you’ve recently looked around your kitchen and decided that a kitchen remodel is in your future, Washington State Kitchen and Bath is a top-notch remodeling contractor not only in Seattle, but all across Washington. Our people know their stuff, so if the signs for a remodel are there, give us a call today.