It’s never easy to say goodbye to a loyal and trusted member of the household, but there may come a time when the lifespan of your kitchen cabinets has run its course. Here are five signs that show you may need new kitchen cabinets.
DRAWERS ARE BROKEN
If any of your drawers are broken or don’t open properly, this is often a good indication that your kitchen cabinets need replacing. Indeed you could try to tough it out, but the inevitable is near.
YOUR BACK HURTS
Unfortunately, kitchens of the past weren’t designed with ergonomics in mind. If your back is sore and you have to crawl into your cabinets to find important items, you may want to consider a kitchen remodel. Today, kitchens have lots of drawers that make important items more accessible and improved ergonomic designs. So, if you are lacking drawers, it might be time for a kitchen renovation.
FINISH IS YELLOWING, PEELING OR DAMAGED
Old and tired cabinets and countertops often have a peeling delamination of the finish or general wear and tear from heat and steam or water damage. This sort of damage is often superficial and aesthetic, but can sometimes be more impactful if water has penetrated your cabinets and getting deep into the cabinet cases or countertop core material. Take a quick look and if your cabinets look old and shabby, it’s probably time to start the planning process of your new kitchen.
YOU BOUGHT A NEW FRIDGE
Here is a scenario. Suddenly your fridge quits working, you rush to the appliance store and buy an amazing new in-stock fridge. You get it home and go to put it in and…. it doesn’t fit. This happens all of the time. At this stage, it is really difficult to cut down a cabinet or modify old cabinetry to make the space larger to accommodate your new fridge. You often need to find a handyperson that dabbles in this sort of work, but these experts are few and far between. Fridges have gotten much bigger over the years and there is no such thing as a “standard” size. New refrigerators are often the unfortunate catalyst for kitchen renovations.
YOUR NEIGHBORS ARE RENOVATING
We aren’t talking about keeping up with the Joneses here, but if you are noticing other homes on your street being renovated, it could be time. Due to the lifecycle of homes, there comes a time when things become tired and outdated and need to be redone. Renovating these important items will ensure you maximize your enjoyment of your home and resale of your property. This will allow you to contend with other renovated homes in your area.
There is often a trigger that motivates people to take action on a kitchen renovation or remodel and that trigger is different for each individual person. The desire to renovate could be influenced by lack of functionality, style or resale value. No matter how you look at it, it is always recommended to work with a professional kitchen designer to help you navigate your style, space, and budget. If you would like to meet with one of our kitchen designers, book your appointment here. We have showrooms in Saskatoon, Regina, Calgary, and Edmonton.