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If your kitchen has begun to show some areas of wear or feels like it’s outdated, it may be time to renovate. There are some signs to be aware of that are helpful in letting you know the time has come. For some people, living through a total kitchen reconstruction is more than they can bear. It is helpful to remember that a home’s overall value is improved and for many buyers it is the kitchen that sells the home.
Cabinets typically have twenty years of useful life before the finish begins to deteriorate in areas that are touched. They become worn in work areas such as around the sink where water stains often leave marks that are not always repairable. As a result, the beauty of the wood suffers. Cabinet drawers are often not made of high quality wood and can break in builder-installed cabinetry because staples holding the drawers together can break. Modern cabinets are now made to withstand tough stains such as mustard and red wine. Drawers should be made of solid wood, not particle board, for strength and longevity.
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Practically speaking, cabinets and countertops should be replaced at the same time. Replacing the counter top with quartz or granite is beautiful but also very difficult to remove intact if new cabinets are needed later. It is also possible that you can be stuck with an inefficient cabinet layout if the countertop is replaced earlier than the cabinets.
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Storage can be optimized with modern new cabinets that include built-in organizers for odd shaped equipment. Silverware slotted drawers and vertical baking sheet dividers can be included in today’s kitchen cabinetry. These solutions allow for greater organization and ease in cooking.
If your kitchen lacks work space, it might be time to change the layout to include enough counter space to accomplish the type of tasks you desire. A separate vegetable sink is an option that allows one person to wash vegetables while another uses the main sink for other uses. Multiple workers will be able to handle a variety of tasks at the same time with a functional kitchen layout.
A dated kitchen can negatively affect your homes property value so look for the signs of a tired kitchen, remodel and enjoy cooking and entertaining once again.
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