Are you wondering if it’s time to remodel your kitchen? Maybe you’ve been thinking about it for years or maybe you recently bought your home. The truth is that remodeling your kitchen has many benefits.
The kitchen isn’t just a place to cook and eat. It’s the beating heart of any home. This is where family and friends congregate during parties, where midnight snack discussions take place, homework gets done, and major decisions are made. Kitchen remodels are the number one room renovated in 2018 according to Houzz.
There are countless good reasons why you might want to give your kitchen a makeover. Here are the most common five.
1. Improve Functionality & Eliminate Inconvenience
Update an Awkward Layout
One of the top reasons to remodel your kitchen is to improve everyday functionality of the space. Kitchens that haven’t been updated for a while tend to accumulate a lot of idiosyncrasies. These may include awkward configurations that won’t allow you to open the refrigerator door if a certain drawer is open, or minimal countertop space for prepping dinner.
Update Deteriorating Materials
Also, kitchen materials deteriorate no matter how tough they seem when first installed. If the linoleum is curling away from the floorboards, the Formica countertops are scratched, and the pink cabinet from the Eisenhower era are peeling, you may want to consider a makeover.
2. Upgrade to Meet Your Family’s Needs
Create a Space that Works for Your Family
Renovate your kitchen to make it a space that works for your everyday needs, whether it’s storage, counter space or gourmet features.
If you’re raising a growing family, your household needs are changing. More people in the house means you need more seating space, countertop space, oven or burner options, a larger refrigerator, and even more cabinet and pantry space.
Or perhaps you want a gourmet kitchen geared toward parties, with more counter space, a rack for hanging pots, a warming drawer, a dedicated wine refrigerator, and plenty of cafe chairs for guests to watch you dice and chop.
If it doesn’t fit your lifestyle, a kitchen remodel can make it the kitchen of your dreams.
3. Upgrade to Fit Your Personal Style
Change the Design Style: From Dark and Dated to Light & Bright
Remodeling your kitchen is a great time to update the design and style.
Do you cringe every time you enter your dark and gloomy kitchen? Maybe your style isn’t oak cabinetry, a red sink and linoleum counters. If you prefer bright white cabinets, subway tiles, and shimmering stainless steel surfaces, it might be time for a remodel. Since you’ll be spending a good portion of your life in the kitchen, make sure it fits your aesthetics.
4. Boost Your Home’s Resale Value
Buyers Look for Updated Kitchens
Remodeling your kitchen will help boost the resale of your home in the future.
Homeowners who renovate their kitchens can often see up to 90% of the cost added onto their home value when it’s done. This all depends on where you live, how much you’ve invested, the details of your renovation, and when you sell. You’ll also land a sale more quickly, as buyers are picky about kitchens and will almost always choose a home that’s remodeled over one that needs a whole lot of updating.
5. Increase Energy & Water Savings
Update Your Appliances to Save Energy & Water
A kitchen remodel can help you save energy and water.
If your refrigerator dates from the 1950s, it might look funky and retro, but it takes a tremendous amount of electricity to run it. In fact, kitchens are just chock full of energy-sucking appliances, including microwaves, ovens, stoves and dishwashers. If these appliances are over 25 years old, they won’t be stamped with the EPA’s Energy Star seal. And should one of those vintage appliances break, the cost of repair is high and parts can be hard to find.
If you’re concerned about costs to your wallet and to the environment, renovating a vintage kitchen offers lots of ways to update to energy- and water-saving appliances and ecologically-smart materials.
Whatever your reason for remodeling your kitchen, we are ready to discuss ideas and options. Contact us today for a consultation. We remodel homes in Delafield, Brookfield, Hartland, Wauwatosa, Elm Grove and the surrounding areas. Kowalske Kitchen & Bath has more than 30 years of experience working with local homeowners to renew, refresh and renovate their kitchens.