The kitchen is the heart of any home, and renovating can help you lead a happier, healthier life. Over the years, the kitchen has transformed from a room where only cooking was done to a living space where the whole family can congregate and relax.
Newer homes and renovations of kitchen spaces today require more planning on space and aesthetics, with more detail and accommodations for entertaining and gatherings.
While resale value is essential, some of the other reasons for the importance of a kitchen renovation can be more about the impact of well-being and making space more about the experience than just the meals.
Increased family time: In a recent study by Houzz, spending on kitchens renovations rose by 16 per cent last year with a median spend of $20,000. The survey also found that kitchens are the most popular room to renovate in a house because they encourage the most family time spent together.
Having an inviting space to bring the family together and entertain has proven a popular choice with almost 50 per cent of homeowner deciding on a kitchen renovation over any other room renovation.
1. Suit your personal tastes
When you buy a home, you’re also purchasing someone’s else’s personal taste. The colours, choice of cabinetry, and design style may not be to your preference. New designs in kitchens are continually evolving, and while farmhouse and mid-century modern style are still popular, homeowners are becoming savvier about aesthetic choices in materials and design.
2. Encourage homemade meals
One of the biggest trends in family lifestyle is the move towards more home-cooked healthier meals in Australia. Increased counter space, new appliances and a brand-new feel to a kitchen encourage more people to stay home and cook rather than eating out. Providing a space where children feel like cooking and helping in the kitchen is also a significant benefit for a renovation.
3. More suitable layout
Older kitchens often have poorly thought out layouts when it comes to the work centre of a kitchen. Builders and architects often refer to a theory called the “the kitchen triangle” which is a concept where the ideal kitchen should form a triangle between the kitchen sink, the refrigerator and the stovetop. It’s a simple idea, that can change the complete functionality of a kitchen and makes food preparation and cooking more practical and suitable.
4. Host more parties
If you’re the type of person who loves entertaining, the kitchen is paramount for your guests to hang out and entertain. Besides a great alfresco dining area or deck area, the kitchen is generally the centre of the party and allows people to mingle freely with a functional space set up.
5. Boost resale value
A new kitchen adds value to the home, and generally, the cost of a new kitchen will double the investment outlay. For example, a $15,000 kitchen will add approximately $30,000 onto the property value. Something to consider, however, is to set realistic budgets and not go over your limit. As a rule of thumb, you want to pay no more than 2 per cent of the property value when renovating kitchens.
If you’re looking for a luxury builder on the Gold Coast that is an expert in kitchen renovations, then look no further than AT Constructions. We provide a complete range of services to homeowners throughout the Gold Coast and Tweed Heads region. Call us today!