Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Five Reasons to Remodel Your Kitchen



People often call the kitchen the heart of the home, and with good reason. It is the place where families meet together to cook, eat, clean, plan for the day, and do homework. Having a kitchen that doesn’t work for your family can be frustrating. It is no wonder that most homeowners dream of remodeling their kitchen. If you are sick of walking into your kitchen, here are some good reasons to make a change.

Cleaning
Older kitchens take much longer to clean than newer ones. Old grout can take hours to scrub clean. Dingy sinks require serious elbow grease. Old faucets no longer shine the way that they used to and old caulking is much harder to get clean. Not to mention how much time it takes to scrub your stove! New surfaces are easier to keep clean and new advances in materials and products make things a lot easier to maintain. Remodeling your kitchen can save you a lot of time!

Increase in Value
An outdated kitchen can be a huge buzz kill for home buyers. Remodeling your kitchen will not only increase the value of your home, but will also attract more buyers. Why wait until you are ready to move to remodel your kitchen? Do it now when you can enjoy it!

Fit Your Needs

If you enjoy cooking and entertaining, a tiny little kitchen is seriously going to hamper your lifestyle. If you help your kids do homework while you cook, you are going to need some study space. If you can barely walk around your kitchen table, you are going to want to open things up a bit.

We’ve noticed that in San Diego many of the older kitchens are separated from the living room. Many homeowners have decided to open the space up so that they can visit with family and friends while cooking. It also helps if you need to keep an eye on the little ones.

It used to be that when your home wasn’t fitting your needs, many homeowners just sold their home and found one that did. But with the current housing market in San Diego and around the country, this is no longer a good option. Many homeowners are finding that it makes sense to simply remodel their current home.

Saving Money and the Environment

A new kitchen can save you money in two ways: rebates and a lower utility bill.

Companies and the government are starting to focus more and more on the environment. Because of this they are starting to create financial incentives to update outdated appliances. To find out more about rebates for San Diego homeowners, visit www.sdge.com/rebates-your-home or www.sce.com/residential/rebates-savings/rebates-savings.htm for those living in the Temecula area.

New appliances can also save you money. New standards mean that many of the newer appliances use less water and less energy. Skylights are also a great option—they reduce the amount of artificial light you need to use.

And besides saving you money, remodeling your kitchen is a terrific way to feel great about your kitchen and about doing your part for the environment

Showing Off
We all want a home that we are dying to show to our friends and neighbors. A dumpy kitchen could mean the difference between inviting your neighbors over for pasta or blushing every time somebody comes to your house. Life is short and you ought to love where you live. If you don’t, then take a look at your budget and start making some changes. Skip the vacation you were planning and eat out less—then put the money towards something you can enjoy for years to come.

If you are looking for more design ideas for your kitchen, call us at (858) 537-6490. Our design team can help you make your dreams a reality.