One of the most popular questions on the internet, at least in terms of home improvement, is how often should the kitchen be renovated? People have a lot of questions about when a kitchen truly needs to be updated. Because home decor style trends change quickly, a kitchen can look dated in as few as ten years – but quality cabinetry and appliances should last much longer than that.
While it’s easy to speak in general terms, the important question is when is the right time for you to renovate your kitchen? As kitchen designers in Weston, we tell people there are four criteria to keep in mind when answering that question:
#1: How do you feel when you’re standing in your kitchen?
One homeowner we worked with inherited a home with a small, dark kitchen. Think brick and 1970’s style wooden cabinetry that dwarfed the undersized windows. “Every time I had to cook a meal, I felt like I was suffocating,” she explained. Obviously, when you feel bad about being in your kitchen, it’s time for a change. By moving some interior walls, enlarging the windows, and upgrading the cabinetry to a more nurturing, natural wood finish, the homeowner achieved her goal: a kitchen she enjoys being in.
#2: How well does your kitchen work for you?
A kitchen is meant to be the place where you prepare and cook food, as well as the location you do all the cleaning up afterwards. It’s meant to have adequate storage for your food, cookware, dishes, and appliances. In some families, the kitchen is also a location where meals are consumed. How well does your kitchen perform in terms of meeting your needs? If you can’t do everything you need to do without a lot of hassle, it’s probably time to talk to your Weston kitchen designer about an upgrade.
#3: What’s the condition of your kitchen?
Look at your home with an objective eye. How would you assess the condition of your appliances, flooring, cabinetry, fixtures, and so on? Even though we all love our homes, sometimes time takes its toll. And remember, it’s entirely possible for items to still be useful and attractive yet not be in the condition you’d like them to be – many homeowners choose to sell or donate these things so they continue to spark joy for somebody.
#4: When are you planning to sell your home?
Great kitchens help sell homes faster. If you know that you’re going to be putting your home on the market within the next 3-7 years, making sure the kitchen includes the features contemporary buyers are most likely to be excited about makes sense.