The next time you're in the mood for a home renovation, why not consider your kitchen? There are some excellent reasons why you might give this room of your home a facelift and/or a remodel.
Consider the following reasons, as examples.
Renovate Your Kitchen To suit your personal tastes
We often spend time on the aesthetics in the living room and bedroom areas of our home, but considering the kitchen is another room where much of our time is spent, it makes sense to give it a makeover in the style we favour. So, if your decor is dated, you might choose to bring your kitchen in line with more modern trends. On the other hand, if your tastes border on the vintage, you might want to send your kitchen back in time with a more rustic feel. You might want to emulate a design you have seen on a home improvement television show, but then again, you might want something customised with bespoke kitchen design. From wall colours to counter top materials, there is much you can do to bring your kitchen in line with your personal tastes.
Renovate Your Kitchen To achieve a tidier home (and a tidier mind)
There is truth in the tidy home tidy mind notion, as a messy home can cause many of us to feel stress. This is especially true in the kitchen, where drink spills, food stains, crumbs, and clutter from crockery and laundry are a common problem. However, the mess and the stress can be alleviated with a redesign. The countertops could be replaced with something made out of stain-resistant materials, such as granite and laminate. Extra shelving and cupboard space can eliminate the clutter. The flooring could be replaced with easy to mop surfaces, such as linoleum and sheet-vinyl. And the classic-kitchen triangle design could be implemented to reduce footfall and consequently reduce the chances of spillage.
Renovate Your Kitchen To reduce your energy bills
While you will have to bear the expense of a kitchen renovation, the cost can be offset if you make a few changes guaranteed to give you long-term savings. Adding extra windows and/or a skylight will bring in more natural light, reducing the need to waste electricity on your lighting in the daytime. You might want to replace any old and energy-wasting kitchen appliances with their modern energy-saving alternatives (look for the Energy Star label). And you might want to save more money on your electricity bill by opting for solar-powered cooking appliances and solar water heating when redesigning your kitchen. By making changes both large and small, you can both reduce your energy bills and reduce your carbon footprint.
Renovate Your Kitchen To match your needs
Your kitchen should be practical, so think about your needs. If you have young children, you might want to child-proof it by adding extra shelving and cupboard space to keep tiny hands away from any dangerous objects. If you entertain guests regularly, you might want to create an open plan kitchen diner. And for both family and entertaining dining needs, you might also want to add a breakfast bar, which is a cheaper alternative than a full-on kitchen diner renovation. Think about what you need from a kitchen, and then plan to make the appropriate alterations.
If you hadn't considered a kitchen renovation previously, you might now have the incentive to make a few changes. Be it for aesthetic, financial, or practical reasons (or a mixture of all three); there are excellent reasons why you should. Let us know what you do, and share your kitchen ideas with us.