Do you visit your friends or relatives and get serious kitchen envy?
Do you remember how long it's been since you last updated your kitchen? Perhaps you've never changed it.
If you find yourself in a kitchen you don't love, don't use, or just don't like, it might be time to consider whether its time to remodel.
There's no one set timeframe for you to remodel your kitchen. If things are looking dated, or the style makes it look older than it is, it's time for a refresh.
But do you know what signs to look out for?
Well keep reading and we'll give you eight reasons why it's time to invest in a kitchen space that works better for you and your family.
1. You Don't Have Space for Everything
Do you find yourself staring into your kitchen and you just see clutter? Shelves and cupboards overflowing, worktops with no space to prepare food, drawers that don't close properly?
If you find yourself with not enough space for all of your essentials, a remodel can give you chance to design better, more efficient storage.
Perhaps you just need some ideas? Either way, if you don't have space for everything, you should look at building a kitchen that gives you the space you need.
2. Your Appliances Are Old and Need Updating
A kitchen is the sum of its parts. The flooring, the worktops, the cupboards, and the appliances. They all play a part in making your kitchen work well and look good.
If you're thinking about how to remodel your kitchen, you can't neglect your appliances. They play as big a part of your kitchen design as everything else.
From the kettle to the oven, you can bring in new items that are more energy efficient than their older counterparts. Most appliances will come with an energy efficiency rating to help you figure out how much it will cost to run it for a year.
You don't need to be changing your oven or refrigerator every year, but updating your appliances can give a fresh look and style to your kitchen, as well as helping your energy bills.
3. The Layout is Confusing or Awkward
The problem with a lot of older houses is that they have awkward layouts. They also show that the way we've used our kitchen spaces has changed over time.
Older, 1970s style kitchens can come with serving hatches, separated from the rest of the living space. More modern designs tend to go open plan, connecting your kitchen, dining and lounge areas together.
If you're annoyed with the layout or space your kitchen uses, a remodel can help you make it better. By taking everything out and starting again, you can design a kitchen that is suited to you.
Take a look at some of our country-style kitchen designs for ideas on how to redesign a more traditional layout.
4. The Style is Old, Outdated & Possibly Dangerous
Let's be honest. Styles change over time, and if your kitchen just looks old it might be time to start again.
Modern kitchens tend to have bold colour schemes and bright, airy spaces, as well as acting as multifunctional areas with places to eat and socialise.
Even if you like traditional over modern, a remodel isn't out of the question. Modern traditional cupboards and work surfaces (and appliances) will be built better, with safer materials.
You don't want to be using a kitchen that has asbestos in the piping, after all.
Have a look at style trends for 2018 and compare those to your existing kitchen. If you're finding your kitchen is hopelessly out of date, it might be time for a refresh.
5. You Can't Clean Properly
Stained lino on the floor? Perhaps your kitchen tiles are black with mould and dirt. Maybe your oven has a layer of grease that just won't come off.
Over time, even the best-kept kitchens are going to find themselves looking tired and stained. If that's the case, it might be time to remodel your kitchen and make it look cleaner, better and more stylish for visitors.
After all, you don't want to invite your friends around for a party and make them think you can't clean properly.
6. Scratched, Peeling or Damaged Floors or Counters
Wear and tear are inevitable in any kitchen, no matter how well you look after things.
Perhaps you dropped a knife onto the lino, or you've scuffed your worktops too much with a sponge too often. Maybe the sink is starting to look a little less shiny and a little more scratched and unloved. Or maybe you're stuck with drawer handles that just won't stay on.
If your kitchen is quite literally falling apart around you, no matter how many DIY fixes you apply, a new kitchen might be the only way to resolve the problem for good and give you back a kitchen that actually works.
7. You Want to Sell and You Can't
A new kitchen can add 4% to the value of your home, so if you're thinking about moving on to somewhere bigger or better, a new kitchen might be a great idea to help you get maximum value out of your existing home.
More importantly, a tired old kitchen might be putting off potential buyers. By putting in a new kitchen, you might be helping to sell your home faster and for more money.
If there's money to be made, why put it off?
8. You Can't or Don't Use the Space
If you find yourself disliking your kitchen, you might not want to use the space very often.
Why spend time in there if you can't use it effectively? Space, layout, style, cleanliness. They all play a part in how we feel about our kitchens and whether we're making proper use of them.
Change your kitchen and make it better, if that's the case. Knock down walls, add a breakfast bar to socialise, create an open plan living and dining area.
Even a small refresh - like changing your worktops and cupboard doors - could make the place more inviting, for you and for whoever you invite around.
Remodel Your Kitchen to Make It Suit You Better
If you're finding yourself agreeing with every one of these points, you know it's time to remodel your kitchen and give yourself the cooking and dining space that you deserve.
Still struggling for ideas? Get in touch and see if we can help you find and install a kitchen style that suits you.