If the way to a person's heart really is through the stomach, it's easy to understand why kitchens are so important. They provide us with hot beverages in the morning, feed us during the day, and never judge us when we visit for a midnight snack. Some wear and tear is expected with how much we use them, but how do you know it's time for more than just a bit of daily TLC? The next time you see a picture of a kitchen in an interior design magazine, pay attention to how you feel. Are you indifferent or in love? If the latter is the case - it's time! Not convinced? Keep reading for 7 signs your kitchen needs renovating that are a bit more tangible than the previous one.
When your kitchen needs remodelling
1. You keep asking yourself where to put things
Let's start with the obvious. If mismatched Tupperware falls on your head every time you open the cabinets or if you find yourself doing hard math while preparing meals because there is not enough workspace - it's high time for a kitchen renovation. No matter the size of your kitchen, a smarter layout and more storage space will undoubtedly make the time you spend in this room more pleasant and productive.
Find creative solutions for storing your kitchen accessories and appliances, and think of ways to create counter space from underutilized areas. Once you do that - contact a contractor. A good one will be able to turn the wildest of kitchen dreams into reality. #kitchenstorage
2. Functionality is not something your kitchen can provide
Familiar with the Bermuda Triangle? How about the kitchen triangle? Unlike the former, the latter is something you actually want in the place where you prepare and cook your food. Your stove, sink, and refrigerator should form the tips of the said triangle, but don't be afraid to turn this into any other shape you feel will work best for you. Try to figure out your most frequented kitchen areas and find a solution that will help you move quickly and conveniently, depending on your needs and available space. #kitchenfunctionality
3. Your kitchen needs have changed
So, most of your meals used to come in take-out containers, and your favorite restaurants would call to check in if you didn't order for more than two days. But now you have children you are trying to feed healthy, or you simply developed an unexpected love for cooking. Either way, the kitchen that used to serve its purpose now probably doesn't. If that's the case, put on your safety helmet because it's kitchen renovation time! A better layout, more cabinets, and modern appliances will enable you and your family to enjoy your home to the max.
On the other hand, if your not-so-little ones are off to college, you might want your kitchen smaller. This would allow you to use that newfound space for all those things you could only dream of in the past. Home gym? Art studio? It's high time you spoil yourself.
4. Your kitchen has more issues than Vogue
If your humble abode doesn't tick many boxes on a home safety checklist, that is a tell-tale sign your kitchen needs renovating. Outdated plumbing, electricity issues, and mold are just some of the things that represent serious hazards, and yet, they are often ignored. However, remember that addressing these kinds of problems on time means you will likely spend less money fixing them than if you were to let them grow up into angsty teenagers.
5. You clean, clean, clean, and – it still looks dirty
You spend the entire weekend cleaning. You scrub oil splatters on your backsplash, deep clean the oven, wipe the counters a thousand times, and even put in the effort to cleanse your kitchen cabinets. If, after all this effort, you are still unimpressed with the look of your kitchen, you might have to turn to more drastic measures. Years of dirt, spills, splashes, and stains don't imply that you are not good at cleaning. They simply mean a kitchen renovation is in order. After all, everything has its expiration date, and countertops, sinks, flooring, grout, and other parts that make a kitchen are no different. #kitchencleaning
6. It looks more like a war zone than a kitchen
We've already established some wear and tear is normal and nothing to be upset about. After all, cooking is no easy feat, and all sorts of accidents can happen along the way. However, when you enter the kitchen, if all you can see are broken tiles, scratched flooring, and cabinet doors holding on to dear life, you can be sure your kitchen needs renovating.
7. You don’t feel inspired in it
It could be that there is nothing wrong with your kitchen, yet you never really feel good in it. If the color palette is wrong, the design outdated, and the materials far from aesthetically pleasing, you can take all of these as signs your kitchen needs renovating. Once you update everything you currently wish to hide, your food prepping and cooking sessions will reach a new level of comfort and satisfaction. Who doesn't want to pretend they're Gordon Ramsey while making pancakes? Feeling inspired and motivated to spend time in your kitchen is essential. And even if it doesn't seem so now, it is more than possible with just a bit of time, effort, and planning. #kitchen inspiration. #inspiringkitchens
Updating your kitchen
A complete kitchen revamp might require you to temporarily change your residence, as the dust, noise, and other nuisances might be too much to handle. However, even moving out while renovating will surely prove to be worth it once you step into your brand-new kitchen.
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Designing Cooking Kitchens - Practical Advice For Your Dream Kitchen Part 1
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Irene Riley is an interior design enthusiast and a moving consultant currently working with Tik Tok Moving and Storage. When she is not providing relocation estimates and tips to her clients, she enjoys scrolling through Pinterest in search of fun DIY home improvements or practicing yoga with her husband.
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