Recognizing Kitchen Red FlagsVolkan Agbas
Renovating your kitchen is a big undertaking and one that almost certainly will impact your daily life. Like with many areas in your house, there are many things to consider before you dive into a remodel project. Part of knowing when and what to renovate in your kitchen space is recognizing the current and potential problem areas. Here are some tips and insights for recognizing kitchen red flags.
Kitchen Red Flags: Cabinets
Replacing your kitchen cabinets is not a small undertaking. If you aren’t updating or modernizing, here are some ways to recognize kitchen red flags that warrant the replacement of your cabinets.
The biggest reason you’d need to replace kitchen cabinets is if they are exhibiting signs of major damage. Your kitchen goes through a lot: water, heat, humidity, food, cleaning products, and more. If your cabinets look warped or improperly aligned, have visible bubbles, peeling, bulging, or discoloration on the cabinet surfaces, they may have water damage. In these cases, you should take a good look at the cabinets to see if the damage is purely cosmetic, which means you may be able to just reface them. But if the integrity, structure, or functionality has been compromised, replacement is definitely your best option.
Another popular reason for replacing cabinets is if they are of poor quality or have been in the kitchen for many years and look outdated or well-worn. The technology and materials for building and installing kitchen cabinets are always changing, and upgrading to higher quality or wear-resistant cabinets can update the look of your home whether you are going to live there for the rest of your life or if you’re planning on flipping the property.
Mold is another big kitchen red flag. Since it thrives in dark and humid environments, it’s often difficult to catch until it’s a major problem. Some of the biggest indicators of mold include water damage in your cabinets and a musty smell.
Bad Cabinet Spacing
Trends change over years and generations, as do appliance types, sizes, and styles. All these trends can render certain cabinet placements and sizes less than optimal.
Storage is a big part of having a cohesive kitchen and creating helpful cabinet space is a great reason to start a kitchen renovation project.
Outdated or Dirty Countertops
Your kitchen countertops are subjected to a wide array of chemicals, food products, and more. Over time, that heavy use can leave stains or discoloration that become permanent. And nothing is more frustrating than cleaning your kitchen and having spots that you can never seem to get as clean as everything else.
High Energy Appliances and Fixtures
With rising production costs, materials expenses, and inflation, transitioning your rooms and appliances to more energy-efficient models is not only better for the environment, but it’s also a great investment that will save you money over the life of the appliance, room, and house.
If your windows, refrigerator, light fixtures, or other features are a few decades old, you’ll be surprised how much better a newer model will save you on energy, heating and cooling, and water consumption costs.
Partner with Anve to Banish Kitchen Red Flags for You
Anve Kitchen and Bath is your kitchen remodel and design expert. Once you give us your kitchen space measurements, our designers create a new design and accurate estimate for your project, and then help you choose your materials, place your order, and move through the production process, all the way to delivery and installation.
Have questions? Contact us today.