Top Seven Reasons to Consider a Kitchen Renovation

1. To increase the value of your home.

It is no secret that prospective home buyers view the kitchen as a make it or break it factor in their purchase decisions. One of the best ways to increase the value of your home, and the likelihood of it selling at or above list price, is to renovate your kitchen. A modern kitchen with modern appliances and a functional, well-designed layout will appeal to the market. The kitchen is the heart of the home and increasing the livability of that room will bode very well for you.

Perhaps your desire to increase the value of your home is not tied to putting it up for sale. Increasing the value of your home will also increase your net worth. Regardless of the reason you have for increasing the value of your home, renovating your kitchen is almost certainly going to help you accomplish that goal. Of all renovations, kitchens give you the highest return on investment. A kitchen remodel provides an average of 120% or more return on investment. That is the best return on investment renovation, generally speaking, that one can complete.


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2. To better accommodate your family.

You and your spouse possibly bought your home before you had children. You were a young, professional, working couple with lives that were so busy outside of the home that you rarely ate in your kitchen. Fast forward 10 or 15 years and you have a family. A loud, raucous, wonderful, family filling your home with laughter and other not so joyful things once in a while. Understandably, your needs have changed and your kitchen needs to change to accommodate that.

Many families choose to install a breakfast bar or island with bar stools. This becomes the perfect place for your kids to grab a quick bowl of cereal, or to work on homework. Island lighting is often the brightest illumination in a house. (Us Canadians like to see what we prepare and consume). The brightly lit counter space is also the perfect place to clearly see math equations, while keeping said homework out of your puppy’s reach. Mom and Dad can help their kids with homework while they prepare supper which is nice for both parties, if not a tad unfortunate for the puppy.


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3. Increase storage space and make the kitchen more functional.

A growing family requires more cupboard space to store food and dishes. Your children will likely need to take lunches packed in reusable containers to and from school each day. These containers take up a good amount of space. Rather than relegating your lovely wine glasses to the attic to make storage for sippy cups, plastic bowls and tupperware, you may opt to increase the cupboard space in your kitchen.

Life B.C. – Before Children – may have had you requiring nothing more than a toaster, microwave and oven. Life A.C. – After Children – may require you to own a larger toaster as well as a crockpot, stock pot, rice cooker, pressure cooker…you see where we’re going with this. Your kitchen will be a much more organized and enjoyable space for your entire family if every utensil, plate, container and small appliance has a home. Discreetly placed appliance garages are very popular in modern kitchens, and one can see why. You may have access to all your handy appliances, but they are not taking up precious room on your counter.

In the past, most cabinets didn’t go all the way to the ceiling, but they do today…if you want them to. Modern cabinets stretch from counter to ceiling, providing a lot more storage space.

Rarely used items such as Christmas dishes, a popcorn machine, serving trays, etc. should not be taking up space in the lower cabinets. Move those less-used items to the top cupboards to free up premium space in the lower cabinets. A current kitchen that doesn’t have cabinets all the way to the ceiling and has empty space or a drywall drop, can take advantage of that extra, unused space and have 25% more storage capacity. This is the perfect place to put the wedding gifts you don’t want but cannot get rid of.


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4. Deterioration.

While your kitchen was possibly practically perfect in every way when you first moved into your house, it has likely deteriorated over the past 20 or 30 years. The countertops may have chipped or cracked, the cupboards faded, the appliances broken down. You decide to head to the store to replace your refrigerator. Sounds easy enough, right? You would be wrong. Standard refrigerator sizes have changed a lot over the past 10 years, let alone 20 or 30. You likely will find a larger refrigerator that you love, but your kitchen is too small to accommodate it. Well, it is the perfect time to renovate that key space in your home. You can bring your kitchen into the 21st century with style. A good design build company will help you plan the area that you have always dreamed of. You will be excited to have friends and family over to show them your beautiful, new kitchen.


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5. To accommodate aging in place or a disability.

You love your home and you rightly do not want to leave it and you certainly do not want to move into any sort of a care home. Lucky for you, a kitchen renovation can help you stay where you are. We would be remiss not to mention that your home will likely need a few other modifications to accommodate you perfectly, such as a ramp at your entrance and a main floor master suite. However, having a kitchen that you can move around in and cook in freely is an absolute necessity.

Many home owners choose to replace all lower cupboards with drawers so they can easily access everything inside them. We think this is a great idea for ANY kitchen, actually! The kitchen should also be wide enough to easily move in and through it. The appliances should be easily accessible as well as the sink. Your kitchen can be renovated to look beautiful as well as be incredibly functional.


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6. The original design is bad. Very bad.

When homes are built by a developer for resale, they often have cheaper kitchens with a bit of flash, but with accessories and details that are often missing. Generally speaking, the overall quality is often the minimum required to sell the house. A good design build company can often give you an amazing kitchen that does a better job of meeting your needs while taking up the same amount of space. They will work with you to customize every aspect of the kitchen while factoring in how you will use the space and what appliances will call it home. Unlike the big home developer who is only concerned with profit margins, a design build company will steer you towards quality products and installation methods that will give you a much longer lasting kitchen.

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7. Most kitchens built in the 70s were not designed to be the centre of family life or for entertaining.

Rather, kitchens constructed in this timeframe were designed to be very functional for one person to be in there doing all the cooking. Nowadays, couples often cook together and have their kids cooking with them. How else will their kids learn to cook healthy, well balanced meals if mom and dad don’t teach them? Presently, a lot of clients want to have friends over where four adults can cook and visit together. No longer is the cook cut off from the guests while the meal is prepared.

Kitchens used to often be L-shaped and have no island. Currently, clients usually request a very family-oriented kitchen with entertaining possibilities and an island. The space where a traditional, old table and chairs set stood is today replaced with a large island that accommodates the whole family. There is usually a built-in desk area to do homework or pay bills.

A reputable design/build company will help you re-design your kitchen space to provide a more functional, modern layout that today’s families’ need. Often a wall between the kitchen and the dining room will be pulled down to create your dream kitchen. It will provide more space for cabinetry and that killer island. You won’t need a kitchen table as well as a dining room one now that you have a large island with seating for your family. You will enjoy a kitchen open to the dining room where entertaining guests is easy and fun!


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