It’s probably true that you’ve been thinking about remodeling your kitchen for a very long time. But one thing or another kept coming up and the deferred maintenance has been building up. Still, the kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the home, so you can’t put off a remodel forever. Here are five signs that you shouldn’t be putting off building a new kitchen any longer.
Seriously, that knob fell off again?
Loose cabinet hardware is not a good sign. It’s possible that your cabinets may simply need refacing or simply new knobs and pulls. However, unless you have hand-built custom wood cabinetry, it may be best to invest in brand new cabinetry.. There are many affordable assembly line and semi-custom options available for a tight budget.
A piece of the floor is stuck to my foot!
Worn floors or broken tile is definitely a sign that you need to invest in at least a minor kitchen remodel.The last thing you need to have in your kitchen is a flooring surface that could cause trips, slips or falls. If you’re seeing a lot of cracks in your floor, or if pieces actually come off and stick to your foot, seek at least new flooring. Vinyl flooring is usually a strong solution, or if you have hardwood floors underneath your current surface, it may be worth refinishing them.
Help! I’m blind!
Proper lighting is crucial in any room, but a kitchen that is too dim or too bright can prove to be a problem. Poor lighting can lead to eye strain, headaches, and frequent accidents. Too bright light can also cause headaches and intense artificial light isn’t too good for your eyes, either. Kitchens that have a high amount of natural light are best, but there are plenty of other artificial options, such as LED lighting, that can alleviate these potential issues.
Oh, you don’t want to go into the kitchen…
Sometimes, the kitchen is the one room in the house that a previous owner may have modeled a bit too much to his or her own unique tastes. Kitchens that were designed with then-current trends in mind can be a bit of an embarrassment to current owners. If it’s functional, it’s understandable why a remodel hasn’t been done sooner. A new paint job and some decor changes might do the trick as a stopgap measure. But if the countertops are peeling and the cabinets are falling apart, you probably want to look into a serious remodel.
Seriously, why is everything in the way?
One of the main reasons to remodel a kitchen is a need for better organization. An inefficient kitchen layout is a major issue when it comes to workflow for various tasks. It’s not so much the size of a kitchen as much as how well thought out the placement of cabinetry, counter space, and appliances has been. Some people would rectify this by knocking down a wall and going with an open concept, but any space, no matter how small, can be made to work.