Home remodeling is an effective way to boost form and function in a property, increasing curb appeal and value in the process. And among the areas in the home that you should first consider to achieve those benefits is the kitchen. In this post, you’ll learn why a kitchen remodel is the way to go, the signs you’re in need of one, and how to ensure success should you decide to carry out the project.
The Value of Kitchen Remodeling
Kitchen remodeling is a very popular home improvement project because of its ability to add value to a property. In fact, according to Remodeling magazine’s 2017 Cost Vs. Value Report, the average recoup rate of kitchen remodeling projects range from 67% to 98.5%.
Furthermore, minor kitchen remodeling and upgrades rank third in the list of top home updates that pay off. If you really are decided then about having an improvement done on your home, including kitchen remodeling in your list of choices will be a good idea.
But why a minor kitchen remodel?
Remodeling experts say that you shouldn’t spend a lot on unnecessary upgrades. If you do, your expenses will rise, giving you a lower recoup rate. See, this is the good thing about kitchen remodeling! Carry out even minor upgrades and you’ll enjoy improvement and added value without spending a lot.
Signs You Need a Kitchen Remodel
Still not that convinced you should do a kitchen remodel? Here are some signs that you ‘re overdue for that upgrade:
- Lack of Countertop Space
Every kitchen needs sufficient work space. If you look at your countertops and find nothing but clutter and not enough space for food preparation and other kitchen-related activities, then you might want to think about redesigning and remodeling your kitchen to solve the problem.
- Lack of Floor Space
The kitchen is often a very busy room, especially if you are feeding a medium to large family. If you find yourself bumping into something every now and then when moving from one end to the other, then your kitchen is lacking sufficient floor space. Aside from allowing you to comfortably and efficiently work in the kitchen, a remodel can also be considered a safety measure as nothing will be hampering your movement.
- Lack of Storage
The more you spend time in the kitchen, the more you want to do more, and this leads to the accumulation of all sorts of tools, cutlery, utensils, and other items. If you’re particularly into something, say baking, then you’ll likely be inclined to get equipment necessary for making delicious goodies. Unfortunately, sometimes your kitchen can’t keep up with your needs, leading to a lack of storage space. Fortunately, a kitchen remodel involves reorganizing and redesigning your space so you should have a new storage system that works better for your needs.
- Awkward Position of Kitchen Sink
The sink is a crucial part of the kitchen. If you have difficulty accessing it during food preparation and cooking, or comfortably working on and around it, then re-planning your kitchen layout might be necessary.
- Outdated Tiling and Flooring
Due to structural and ground movements and problems, your old flooring may no longer be level, making it less safe to walk on as you may trip on loose tiles. Tiles also tend to lose their luster after some time, making them look dirty and unappealing, even with regular cleaning. A kitchen remodel will surely resolve these issues.
- Unappealing and Insufficient Cabinetry
As a prominent part of any kitchen, cabinets don’t just provide storage spaces but affect the room’s aesthetic appeal as well. If your kitchen cabinets are already old, damaged, and generally look worn out, now may be the best time to have them repaired, refaced, or replaced. A kitchen remodel is also a great chance to add more cabinets for storage, if necessary.
- Overall Monotony
Do you walk into your kitchen and feel bored and unexcited about cooking and food preparation? This is probably because the room had already started looking monotonous and dull. By redesigning your kitchen, you can add modern appliances and fixtures, refreshing your cooking area to give you renewed interest.
Top Tips for Getting Kitchen Remodeling Right
Kitchen remodeling can offer a lot of benefits but only if it’s done right. To ensure the success of the home improvement project, here are some tips you should keep in mind:
- Get the design right the first time
- Stick to your home’s style
- Avoid going overboard
- Stay on budget but don’t cut corners
- Hire a trusted home improvement pro
Even when you’re doing just a minor upgrade, your kitchen remodel is an investment. There are many things you can do to ensure you’re making the most of every dollar you’re spending but none will be more important than finding the right contractor to work with. Narrowing down your options will take some work but the effort will be well worth it in the end when you see your new kitchen.
Dawn Dewey is Dreamstyle Remodeling’s marketing manager. One of Professional Remodeler magazine’s 40 Under 40 for 2015, she shares her knowledge and experience to help customers find the perfect home improvement solutions for their needs. Check out the company blog for updates from Dawn!