Have you taken a good look around your kitchen lately? Chances are, you’ll see one or two things you’re not quite happy with. You might even wish you could demolish the whole thing and start fresh—but the cost would be much too high. There may, however, be renovations that are feasible for your budget, and will go a long way toward refreshing and improving your kitchen.
There may be minor projects that are suitable for DIY work. A trip to the hardware store, a little planning, and the right tools can go a long way. For most kitchen renovations, however, you’ll probably need the help of a professional to achieve the best results.
But how do you know where to focus your efforts? Which kitchen improvements will bring you the most enjoyment? Which projects will do the most to enhance your kitchen workflow? Finding answers may be as simple as looking at five of the most common kitchen problems and solutions, based on national homeowner statistics and surveys.
1. Your kitchen looks dated
The kitchen is one area of the home that most people prefer fresh and modern. A vintage look may be desirable in some cases, but most of the time (even in classic or vintage homes), current and prospective owners prefer updated fixtures, appliances and design concepts. Faded and stained linoleum floors, tired old cupboards, fixtures and finishings from bygone eras—all of this can make it less enjoyable to spend time in the kitchen. It can also negatively affect the value of the home. Some of the most valuable kitchen renovations involve new fixtures and finishings to bring your kitchen’s appearance up to speed.
2. You don’t have enough counter space
Designing the best kitchen for your home is not only about appearances—it’s about functionality and workflow. In terms of making it easy to cook, clean, organize and accomplish tasks, counter space is one of the most important aspects of any kitchen. Many homeowners feel constrained in their kitchens. The clutter piles up, and there’s hardly any space for basic tasks such as chopping and mixing. Professional kitchen renovators can expand counter space any number of ways, from expanding/widening existing countertops to adding a kitchen island to provide more functional space. This particular renovation has very high levels of client satisfaction.
3. Your floors need a facelift
Kitchen floors take a lot of abuse over the years. In some cases, the same floors have been around for decades. Linoleum, tile and wood floors in particular tend to show their age. In some cases, safety may also be a concern. Bringing your kitchen floors up to speed will not only increase your kitchen’s aesthetic value—it can also make it a safer and more enjoyable place to spend time.
4. You’re running out of storage space
The majority of homeowners report a shortage (not an excess) of storage space in their kitchens. If you’re one of them, you know how frustrating it can be. Digging out pots and pans for cooking can be a clattering, frustrating chore. Putting things away can be equally taxing. And you’re constantly looking for someplace to put your new groceries.
Adding storage space to your kitchen can solve a lot of kitchen problems right off the bat. When your capacity to store, organize and retrieve essential items is improved, your overall kitchen experience is that much better. Professional storage solutions for your kitchen are some of the most rewarding and useful renovations out there.
5. Your appliances were manufactured in a bygone era
Everybody wants to get the most out of their kitchen appliances. People often assume that they’ll save more money the longer they use their old appliances, and this is true up to a point. However—it’s important to remember that kitchen appliances have come a long way in terms of efficiency, effectiveness, and durability. They also give your kitchen a modern look. Most homeowners are pleased with their decision to update essential appliances like ovens, dishwashers and microwaves. New appliances also save money by using up less electricity and water. One problem is that these appliances are often built into the kitchen. As a result, structural changes to the kitchen may be necessary in order to house new appliances.
What’s the best strategy for homeowners?
Knowing where to start with kitchen renovations—especially when money is tight—can be tricky. Talking to friends and neighbors, plus doing your own research online, is a great way to start formulating a list of things you want to achieve. Another effective way is to contact a professional kitchen renovator and designer. Some companies will send a consultant to your home for free (or a nominal fee) to give you an expert opinion on what can be achieved with your budget.
We hope your kitchen renovation plans go well!