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If you feel like you can’t live an­other day with a ca­nary yel­low bench­top (pic­tured above) and your kitchen cabi­nets fall off their hinges when you open them, then it might be time to ren­o­vate.

Kins­man Kitchens mar­ket­ing man­ager Carla Madg­wick says there are a few tell­tale signs that your kitchen’s days are num­bered.

“The big­gest sign is usu­ally that it’s be­gin­ning to bother you in var­i­ous ways,” she says. “Per­haps it’s the tired-look­ing, out­dated cab­i­netry that doesn’t match the rest of your home’s style, or you re­alise you don’t have nearly enough stor­age in your ex­ist­ing pantry.”

An un­work­able layout can drive you to dis­trac­tion in the kitchen, Carla says, es­pe­cially if it doesn’t con­form to the op­ti­mum ‘work tri­an­gle’ de­sign.

“You might sim­ply need more bench space to cook for a grow­ing fam­ily,” she says.

An im­pend­ing sale can also spur on a ren­o­va­tion, as kitchens are the num­ber one room to add value to a house. There are a cou­ple of prob­lems with older kitchens that are hard to live with, Carla says.

“The top two for me are a lack of stor­age and lack of bench space for food prep,” she says. “Hav­ing suf­fi­cient bench space is also key to the way a kitchen is used, not only for cook­ing but also as a so­cial space.

What­ever your rea­son, a good kitchen ren­o­va­tion is money well spent.

“Your ren­o­va­tion goals should take your sit­u­a­tion into ac­count, and if you have a grow­ing fam­ily you need to fu­ture proof your de­sign to ac­com­mo­date this,” Carla says.

“If you al­ready have a layout that works, along with a good is­land bench­top, then you could just re­place your cab­i­netry.

“Just re­mem­ber that if you are look­ing to sell rather than stay, you should ren­o­vate for your tar­get mar­ket and make the style and level of fin­ishes to match the area that your home is lo­cated in.”

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