Your kitchen is the heart and the epicenter of your home, the place that has magnetic attraction to all your family members. In our time it’s not just the place where we store and cook food, but a comfy area to get together with friends and family, do arts and crafts or homework with kids. Therefore, it is hardly surprising fact that it’s top house renovation project for the last decade.
Your kitchen should not be remodeled only if you have worn cabinets, crackled countertops or dated appliances. There are many more important than cosmetic reasons, why your kitchen requires renovation.
Read this article and evaluate the condition of your kitchen to decide if the time is right for its upgrading.
- Traffic flow:Consider your family lifestyle, the number of cooks in your household, free room around the main work space. Remember that the width of a walkway should be at least 3 feet, of a work aisle – at least 42 inches for one cook and at least 4 feet for multiple cooks.
- Proper space:Do you have enough floor, counter or cabinet space in your kitchen? Is your fridge too massive or the shape of your counter taking away useful work space? Check if there is a total of 158 inches of countertop frontage, 24 inches deep with at least 15 inches of clearance above, that is needed to accommodate all uses, including landing area, work area, preparation and storage.
- Efficiency: Technological advances in kitchen appliances could save you a considerable sum spent on your bills.
- Universal design:Is your kitchen accessible for elderly people or with disabilities? The space should be accessible or usable by all family members, regardless of their size, age or physical ability.
- Children:The presence of little children changes everything. Think if dated appliances and the design is not hazardous for them. Do you need more room for cooking larger meals and lower cabinets for easier access to children’s food? Check if the microwave is installed 3 inches below the principal user’s shoulder but no more than 54 inches above the floor to avoid accidents. Change the countertops with sharp corners.
Before planning your kitchen renovation project, make a checklist of major and minor issues, your favourite and the most inconvenient features. In this way you will help your designer to know exactly how to suit your taste, needs and style.
- Return on Investment
Your kitchen is the most integral and valuable areas of any property. Even a minor kitchen renovation adds significant amount to home’s price upon resale. On average, you can recoup upwards of 74% of your initial investment on materials, appliances and labour. According to a recent real estate research, spending 6-10% of your home’s current value on kitchen project, will get desirable return. 90% of today’s real estate professionals report, “properties with redesigned, remodelled kitchens are easier to sell. They also usually sell for much higher asking price.” More than 41% of homebuyers consider the kitchen is the most important staging element of the search phase, which can make or break a potential sale.
- Energy Efficiency
Installation of the following eco-friendly kitchen appliances can significantly increase your home’s functionality:
- Water regulating sink taps
- Custom-created lighting solutions
- High-tech dishwashers
- Fridge and freezer combos
- Coffee machines, toasters and microwaves
- Humidity- and temperature-controlled wine chillers
- Different extractors to fit your unique arrangement
Even if you are not planning to sell your home soon, kitchen renovations can solve array of problems:
– lack of the functionality;
– new inviting and inspiring atmosphere;
– special needs for disabled family members.
On average, your kitchen renovation cost 15% of the value of your home of which 30% we spent on cabinets; 35% – on construction costs; 14% – on new appliances and appliance installation; and only 5% – on lighting and plumbing fixtures; 2- 3% – on paint; 1- 2% – on tiles, windows, flooring and labour.