Kitchens have always been described as the heart of the home, and even if you’re not an enthusiastic cook, you can still get a lot of pleasure out of your kitchen, especially if you have it remodeled so that you can get the most out of it.
Less formal than some other rooms in the home, kitchens are great spaces for family gatherings, and kids and adults alike often feel a lot more relaxed sitting chatting, eating or playing games in the kitchen. As such, it pays to give thought to whether your kitchen is ticking all of the right boxes, and if not, a remodel could be in order.
Listed below are a few considerations to make when determining whether your kitchen would benefit from being remodeled:
Is there enough space?
Kitchens are often busy rooms, and there’s nothing worse than a cramped space where hot pots clash dangerously with bodies, and the kids have to fight to get to the fridge. Can your kitchen be extended, or would a rejigging of the floor plan and appliances suffice? For very busy kitchens, an open plan space may be more effective, with counters and storage running around the outside, and a large table and/or island in the middle.
Is your kitchen safe?
If there are young children in your household, then it’s important to consider whether your kitchen presents any hazards for them. Could they reach the stove and burn their hands, or are there any sharp corners they could bang their heads into.
Could your kitchen be more efficient?
Dated appliances can be huge consumers of energy, and aside from the risk to the planet and the size of your carbon footprint, you could save money on your energy bills by upgrading your appliances to those that have lower energy consumptions and economic cycles.
Will your kitchen be usable for years to come?
If you plan on staying in your current home for the foreseeable future, then you might want to think about whether your kitchen will continue to meet your needs as you get older, or if older members of the family come to live with you. Universal design techniques can help give you a kitchen that will be safe, comfortable and usable for seniors, or anyone with a physical restrictions or handicaps, and can help you stay in the home you love, for longer.
Is your kitchen where you want it to be?
Nowadays, many modern kitchens are constructed with doors that open out onto gardens, yards or terrace space, but if your kitchen is positioned at the wrong end of your home, you may never be able to take advantage of this popular design feature. While moving your kitchen may involve a larger remodeling project than you had planned for, it’s often a worthwhile investment, and can change the whole feel and functionality of your home.
A professionally carried out kitchen remodel can transform a home and give the entire family a wonderfully safe, spacious and stylish space to hang out, cook or entertain in, and to discuss it in more detail, reach out to a local construction company for help.