Whether you already enjoy cooking or hope to enjoy it, there is no doubt that a bright, well-organized kitchen with updated appliances can make all the difference. Redoing your kitchen could open up new cooking worlds or help you rediscover a lost love.
Small, outdated kitchens are clutter monsters. The space, in general, is limited, and cooking is no fun when you must always scramble for handy surfaces when food is sizzling. It’s no wonder that clutter discourages people from cooking.
Fortunately, a kitchen renovation can get rid of the clutter monster. It can open up designated areas for various purposes and items, including keys, wallets, and other objects not necessarily kitchen-related. Renovations can increase your counter, cabinet, and storage space by two, five, or even 10 times.
More space also means more opportunities for ingredients, seasonings, spices, and other cooking essentials. Sometimes, that is all the motivation people need to embark on a more flavorful journey.
Makes You Actually Want to Be In There
Let’s face it: A cramped, dark, deteriorating kitchen where the appliances fail half the time is not a recipe for cooking fun. The same idea applies if the style of your kitchen is mired in decades past.
Redoing your kitchen to reflect your sensibilities or modern tastes can be enough just on its own to enhance your enjoyment of cooking. Wanting to be in the kitchen marks a big change. These changes do not have to be much, either. Swapping out cabinet hardware, upgrading appliances, and installing a new vent hood are examples of effective, relatively low-cost redos.
Streamlines the Layout
Maybe the layout of your kitchen makes little sense, or it is awkward and cramped. A renovation can streamline the layout to make it easier for you to get from point A to point B while cooking. Similarly, if you are new in a wheelchair or are using a walker, a renovation can add the necessary layout clearance space to make cooking possible again or more enjoyable.
Makes Appliances and Other Features More Effective
New appliances that are reliable and that work can make all the difference in cooking. The same idea applies to ample counter space and good lighting. A brighter, more efficient kitchen is perfect for homemade meal prep. You no longer have to struggle to remember if you put the seasonings here or there. Your kitchen is better organized now with space for everything.
Helps You Eat Healthy Food
A new refrigerator may be the best part of a kitchen remodel, especially because modern fridges do more than refrigerate. If your fridge has glass-tinted front doors, you’ll see your fresh produce and other healthy food stored in the fridge every time you enter the kitchen. Alternatively, you can store food in your new fridge so that you see these items every time you open the doors. Seeing good food puts many people in the mood to cook.
Smart fridges can detect the types of items inside and track food expiry and usage. Your grocery shopping gets easier.
Promotes More Family and Friends Time
If you live with your family or love to cook for your friends, redoing your kitchen makes for more family and friends time. You can have more family meals and lively conversations around the dining table. You can host more parties, boost your confidence, and expand your social circle.
If socialization is extremely important to you, the kitchen remodel can reflect that. A breakfast bar or bar stools around a kitchen island, for example, let spouses, kids, and guests chat with you while you cook.
Reduces Worries About Health Issues and Illness
Kitchens are home to many types of germs, and about 9% of foodborne illnesses occur at home. Redoing your kitchen with new appliances and surfaces that are easier to disinfect can do wonders for the health of your family. Similarly, if some members of your family have allergies, kitchen renovations improve the organization to cut down the chances of cross-contamination.
Handwashing is a big part of making kitchens safer, so your renovation could address that. For instance, you could make the water faucet automatic or with more accessible handles that reduce touch spots.
Remains Accessible or Becomes Accessible as You Get Older
Some people enjoy cooking less as they get older for many reasons. Some relate to health – for example, arthritis can make it difficult to open jars or stand for long periods. Getting new kitchen flooring and accessible utensils are some approaches to take in a remodel.
You can also get countertops with adjustable heights, better, more accessible lighting and temperature controls, safer flooring, and smart appliances that reduce the risk of cooking fires. Likewise, expanding the pathways in the kitchen improves maneuverability for you to get around. Research has shown strong relationships between kitchen space layout and the ability of older adults to be efficient in the kitchen.
If your zest for cooking has disappeared, take a look at your kitchen. It could be that old appliances, an outdated look, or inaccessible spaces have a lot to do with your diminished interest. Redoing your kitchen may be the way to go.