It's easy to look around your home and find reasons to renovate. For most people, the longer they live in a home, the easier it is to be dissatisfied with what you have. There are many reasons beyond cosmetic preferences that should influence your decision to begin a lengthy project like remodeling your kitchen.
According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) the following factors should help you evaluate your kitchen's condition.
Are you satisfied with the counter space, pantry and cabinet space and walking room in your kitchen? Or, are you struggling to find storage, work around family members, and put away food?
For most families, the kitchen is a hub of activity. Between cooking, entertaining, eating, and even homework, you need to be sure you have plenty of room to work. If you are frequently entertaining guests or shuffling around other family members, you may want to consider an open kitchen plan to allow for more comfortable movement.
We all know that children can get underfoot and crowd a kitchen area, but the kitchen is also full of hazards. A too-tight design plan or outdated appliances can present hidden dangers.
If your appliances are out of date, you could be losing money each month. Newer appliances will be saving you money and helping the environment at the same time.
Before remodeling your kitchen, make a list of what you need, what you want, and what you want to remove. Remodeling is a costly and lengthy process and you and your family should be well-prepared for the costs of both time and money.