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If you’ve lived in your home for a long time, it’s natural to get used to certain things that you may not love about it but don’t cause you too much trouble either; an awkward shaped living room, a too-small kitchen sink, not enough bathrooms and so on. All of these are minor irritants we can all live with. Kitchens especially can suffer from this problem; they are rooms we spend so much time in that we both forget completely its inadequacies yet can feel them more acutely. So if you’re thinking of a kitchen remodel but don’t know whether it’s going to be worth your time and money, or if you think the kitchen you have is just fine, then here are some signs that you definitely need to go ahead with that remodel!

Everything’s Outdated

Retro kitchen décor is in style right now, but if your toaster is spitting out sparks then it’s time to draw the line! If the burners on your stove take their time heating up or if the temperature of your fridge seems to fluctuate at random, life will get much easier if you get them replaced with more reliable appliances.

Outdated fixtures and fittings can be depressing on an aesthetic level, with old, tired décor not exactly inspiring culinary creativity! Kitchens with creaky drawers and cabinet doors coming off their hinges are not only unsightly but can actually be dangerous, especially if you’ve got kids running around the place.

It Doesn’t Suit Your Lifestyle

The simplest way to explain this is to use the example of a large family living under one roof. If there’s a Mom and Dad, three kids, friends, relatives, Grandparents and pets running in and out all the time, you’re going to need a big kitchen to handle all the storage and workspace for preparing meals for a large number of people. If your sink is too small, there’s no room for the large refrigerator a big family needs and your countertop work surface space measures one cubic foot, then your kitchen is not fit for purpose! Consider building an addition with a bigger, more spacious kitchen, or find ways to combine a kitchen and living space for an open plan, social area that is less cramped.

The Design Is Awkward

Moving into a new home that you bought as a fixer-upper is a great way to save money when buying a house. Typically, the first thing you do is walk around scratching your head and asking yourself ‘what were they thinking?’ of the previous owners. Dubious decisions about the placement of cupboards, sinks and the stove mean that all concessions to the kitchen work triangle have gone out the window, making your kitchen difficult to use because the work space does not flow effectively. This wastes time and energy and is something you shouldn’t have to put up with in your home.

and, finally:

It Just Doesn’t Do The Job

If half the burners on your stove have stopped working and the water comes out of your taps either scalding hot or freezing cold, then you can safely stamp your kitchen as unfit for use and get remodelling right away!

Check out our design gallery for thousands of photos to spark your imagination, and you can also see our kitchens pinboard on Pinterest for further inspiration.