The kitchen is one of the most essential rooms of your home. Not only do you make food, but you also use the space to entertain and make memories. Your kitchen is, therefore, the heart of your home. When it is outdated and rundown, it can put a strain on the household. That is why the kitchen should be renovated, especially when you want to put your house up for sale eventually.
Here are 6 signs your kitchen is outdated, so you can decide whether your space needs a little TLC:
How Often Should You Remodel Your Kitchen?
Before discussing what ages your kitchen, it might interest you to know how often a kitchen should be upgraded. Most homes will need a bit of renovating or remodeling because they are built according to the trend of the times. In short, your kitchen should be updated every 10-15 years.
Keep in mind that remodeling does not need to be dramatic. You could change the color of the walls, update the appliances or fixtures, and replace anything that is worn down and broken.
Signs Your Kitchen Is Outdated
Here are the factors that will help you to decide if you need to remodel. Look out for the following:
1. Your Kitchen is a Trip Back in Time
If your kitchen is outdated, it does not necessarily need a retro vibe. However, most kitchens that were constructed in the late 1900s—think 60s, 70s, and 80s—may still have a lot of their original design. Unfortunately, these designs are far outdated and no longer aesthetically pleasing. That is not to say you could do a retro-styled kitchen, but when the appliances and fixtures are ancient, it drags down the overall appeal. It could also decrease the value of your home.
Therefore, if your kitchen feels like it’s cut from the set of “Happy Days” or “That 70s Show,” then it is time for a touch of modern.
2. Mismatched Appliances
Most people have seen kitchens where the appliances look like they were bought in separate eras. There will be a white refrigerator, stainless steel sink, and a black stove. Maybe there is even a brightly colored microwave or toaster sitting on a counter that none of those appliances match. While this doesn’t necessarily mean that your kitchen is losing functionality, it does mean that your kitchen does not look neat and organized. This mismatched scene could also draw attention to other cosmetic problems that need to be repaired.
3. High Maintenance Kitchen
Have you ever come to the conclusion that your kitchen requires a lot more attention and upkeep than you are willing to deal with? If cleaning the space continuously still doesn’t yield results, or you feel like your kitchen appliances and fixtures are held together with tape, there is a problem. It also means you are wasting a lot of time and resources on the room. Why not make better use of your time and upgrade your kitchen countertops, floors, and appliances?
Imagine all the time you will save when your kitchen is filled with the latest technology and gadgets.
4. Bad Lighting
The atmosphere of the kitchen should be warm and welcoming. Upon looking at your kitchen décor and furnishings, you may decide that something is off. Maybe your kitchen looks dull or cramped. Chances are it’s the lighting. Yes, illumination, especially the light generated from outdated lighting fixtures, can alter the whole ambiance of your kitchen. By upgrading the bad lighting in your kitchen, you can transform the area and see your cookbooks and ingredients much more clearly.
5. Wear and Tear Everywhere
No one expects a kitchen to be spic and span every waking moment. That said, it should look well maintained. Broken kitchens, where the drawers and cabinets are scratched and stained, or the countertop is worn down can make your kitchen look old. Furthermore, you should consider upgrading if there are leaks, broken corners or tiles, and other damages that could turn away potential buyers. Even small issues, like uneven corners, can be mildly dangerous, too.
6. Everything is Cramped
When the interior design of your home seems to be inspired by clutter and chaos, you know it is time for some remodeling. In the kitchen, overstuffed cupboards and countertops mean less space to work. However, restricted cooking space is not always because you have too much stuff. Sometimes it is because of the layout. Older homes were not always set up to be the most convenient or ergonomic, after all. Getting your kitchen remodeled could open up the counter to work, as well as more storage and a bigger place to dine with the family.
Schedule Your Kitchen Remodel Today
Do any of these 6 signs that your kitchen is outdated ring any bells? As a homeowner, your kitchen should be a happy place. You should want to cook in your kitchen and entertain there, too. When your kitchen is outdated, however, it could drag down your day. By updating your kitchen, you not only make it more convenient and modern, but you also increase the value of your home. Add on natural stone floors, countertops, and backsplashes, as well as new appliances.
Give Marble Concepts a call at 215-396-7393 today to see how we can help you renovate your kitchen.