If you like the idea of modernizing your kitchen, but you’re not sure if it really needs it, take a walk through and look around with a critical eye. Think about how you feel when you see it. How old is it, really? If the answer is in the double digits, it’s time for a kitchen remodeling project. Here are 5 telltale signs that it’s time for a kitchen makeover.
1. Your kitchen cabinet doors squeak.
Open your cabinet doors. If they squeak, this is a sign of wear. Cleaning and tightening the hinges, followed by a few shots of lubricant is the quick fix. The root of the problem could be that the hinges are covered with paint or rust. The cabinetry may have settled out of square and needs attention. Like many things, cabinets squeak when they get old. It could be time to give them an upgrade.
2. It’s dark.
Your kitchen should be a place of comfort that lifts your spirits. There are several reasons your kitchen might be dark, all of which point to a kitchen remodeling project. If your lighting fixtures have an older design, change them to something that illuminates food preparation, cooking and eating areas. Dark walls and ceilings could also mean that they’re dirty and have collected grease and dust. It could be time for a good cleaning and some fresh paint. Dark wood and deep colors are older kitchen trends that are out of style. Use brighter and lighter colors to upgrade your kitchen and make it look larger.
3. Your kitchen appliances don’t match.
If your refrigerator, range and dishwasher don’t match, that is an obvious symptom that you’re in need of a kitchen makeover. Update your appliances to coordinate with your flooring, walls, cabinets and countertops.
4. It takes your oven more than 10 minutes to heat up.
Modern appliances are more than simple conveniences. Older appliances take a long time to heat up, increasing energy consumption and heating up the entire room. Save time when you’re cooking in the kitchen and reduce your energy bills. Depending on whether you’re using gas or electric, preheating times may vary, but they should not be anywhere near the old-school 20 to 30 minutes.
5. You want to eat in your kitchen.
An eat-in kitchen is something that many homeowners dream about. Walking across from the food preparation area to the kitchen table is quick, convenient and cozy. A redesign from your existing layout can add in space for your kitchen table or a bar area for breakfast or snacks. What may have worked for you when you first moved in to your house may no longer be the right size or type with the right amenities. When it’s time for a makeover, a home remodeling project can make it more comfortable and convenient.
With these trends and with the right home building team, you can turn your dream bathroom into a reality. What are you waiting for then? If you would like to talk about ideas for remodeling or renovating your home in Fairfax, Mclean, Springfield, Woodbridge, Alexandria, Arlington, and Falls Church VA, reach out to us at Foster Remodeling. Call now for a free consultation!