A DATED KITCHEN
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 “Perhaps it’s the tired-looking, outdated cabinetry that doesn’t match the rest of your home’s style, or you realise you don’t have nearly enough storage in your existing pantry.”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.”