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Renovating or Remodeling Your Kitchen

The kitchen is the room that is most commonly renovated. Because the kitchen is typically used for cooking, eating, and socialising,  it gets more use and wear than other rooms in the home. Kitchens also have the most functionality compared to other rooms in the home. Appliances, water fixtures, gas fixtures, and electrical outlets get used more in the kitchen as well. All of the activity in the kitchen can make the room age more quickly and create the need for kitchen renovations before other rooms are in need of any work or remodelling.

Renovating a kitchen raises a home’s overall value because it improves its utility and appearance.

What Parts of The Kitchen Age & Need Renovating

Due to regular usage, exposure to heat and moisture, and general wear and tear, certain parts of a kitchen tend to wear out more quickly.

Renovating a kitchen raises a home’s overall value because it improves its utility and appearance.

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Kitchen Countertops

Countertops are frequently used for preparing food, as well as for setting hot pots and pans. They will chip, scratch, or even stain over time. This wear and tear gives them an old appearance and lessens their functionality.

The durability of a kitchen countertop will depend on the material it is made out of. Stone countertops like granite will last longer and age better than wood or synthetic materials. If a home was built with a lower-quality countertop, a renovation is an opportunity to upgrade the countertop to a longer-lasting, more durable material. Despite quality countertops being more expensive, it is one of the best places to invest more of your renovation budget due to the amount of use the kitchen countertop gets.

Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchen cabinets undergo lots of wear and tear. Every day, heavy items like pots, pans, and plates are moved in and out of the kitchen cabinets. Cabinet doors and drawers are frequently opened and closed. Drawer slides and door hinges age and become misaligned or loose, hurting their ability to open and close correctly as a result of frequent use. The finish on outside cabinet surfaces will chip and fade over time. Cabinet shelves get scratched and the finish damaged as dishes are placed and removed every day. This constant use necessitates replacement or refinishing when renovating.

To save money during a kitchen remodelling project, it can sometimes make sense to only replace the cabinet doors, shelves, and hardware. By not removing the cabinets themselves, there is a lot less work to do. This way, the kitchen cabinets can be revitalised with minimal cost. However, if the location or size of the cabinets needs to be changed, then complete removal and replacement will be needed.

Kitchen Flooring

Kitchen floors experience a lot of foot traffic, impacts from dropped objects, food spills, and exposure to moisture from cooking and dishwashing. This causes wear patterns, cracks, scratches on the floor’s surface, and soft spots in the floor. Kitchen floors always need to be replaced during a renovation.

When a kitchen floor has been removed during a renovation, the subfloor must be carefully inspected for soft surfaces or water damage that could have been caused by spills or water leaks. Repairing the kitchen subfloor at this time is important because there won’t be an opportunity to do so after the new flooring has been installed.

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Kitchen Appliances and Ventilation

Modern kitchen appliances that see daily use rarely last longer than five years. Stoves, ovens, refrigerators, dishwashers, and range hoods all see daily use. Because of their daily usage, these appliances will eventually malfunction or lose efficiency. The greatest issue with modern appliances is that specific models are only made for a short time before being discontinued from the manufacturer’s product line. The problem with this is that parts become unavailable sooner now than with older appliances. Meaning that if an even inexpensive part breaks on a modern appliance, that part is likely not available in an appliance older than five years, which means that appliance has to be replaced instead of repaired.

Appliances are a separate part of the kitchen and don’t need to be replaced just because a renovation is being done. With that said, the installation of appliances is far easier to do when coordinated with a kitchen renovation project.

Plumbing and Electrical Fixtures

Plumbing and electrical fixture replacements are always part of kitchen remodelling projects. These fixtures always see a lot of wear and tear in the kitchen and show their age or become dated before most other parts of a home. Replacing them can increase the kitchen’s beauty and functionality.

Over time, lighting fixtures, particularly those over the prep and cooking areas, might become outmoded or break down. Modernising the lighting can increase visibility and foster a more pleasant environment.

Smyth Stolarz Construction Ltd. Can Help With Kitchen Renovation Projects

Smyth Stolarz Construction Ltd. has over a decade of experience helping homeowners remodel and renovate their kitchens. The team at Smyth Stolarz can help design, plan, and renovate your kitchen. Smyth Stolarz’s experience and craftsmanship are something Edmonton homeowners can trust to ensure that their new kitchen is functional, durable, and beautiful for years to come.