Now that it’s the New Year, it’s likely you have spent a bit more time in your kitchen over the past few months than usual. As you reflect on the past year and how you can make next year even better, now is a great time to think about how well you functioned in your kitchen and what changes you could make to get more out of it – for you, and your family.
As kitchens remain “the heart of the home,” families continue to spend a good deal of time there. So, for this year – why not make a kitchen remodel one of your New Year’s resolutions? Whether you’re ready for a total renovation or just a few cosmetic tweaks to give your kitchen a fresh new look, making your kitchen more functional for you and your family can lead to a happier and healthier home.
Here are just a few reasons why a “kitchen renovation resolution” can have lasting and meaningful benefits to you, your family and your home:
- You will be more likely to cook at home, yielding a positive return on your investment: Homeowners with a kitchen they enjoy being in are more likely to cook meals at home, thus saving money on dining out and ordering take-out. It’s the perfect way to see an ongoing return on your investment.
- Kitchens pay for themselves. Although they may be one of the costliest rooms to renovate, new home buyers often look at kitchens first. A kitchen can sell a home. Just make sure that aesthetics and functionality are the driving force behind your renovation, and don’t go overboard. A little can go a long way.
- Entertainment value: People don’t want to leave the kitchen during a party. Making it that much bigger can enable you to host parties, holidays and gatherings much more easily – without the stress of having to rearrange everything to make sure you have enough space for the number of people you are expecting.
- Open concept kitchens create more opportunities for family time: Most kitchens today are renovated to create an open concept living/dining space. This makes it easier for families to be together throughout meal preparation, serving, eating and cleaning up, allowing involvement from all family members during the process. Even if schedules don’t always allow for sitting down together for dinner each night, an island or breakfast bar can become a central meeting area for eating, catching up, hanging out with friends or doing homework, creating more time for open communication. Who would have thought that the way your family interacts on a daily basis can be completely improved by a new kitchen?
- Encourage a healthier diet: Cooking at home often leads to healthier eating habits, since we can control the ingredients that go into our meals. Adding a small TV or built-in iPad stand in the kitchen will enable cooks to follow their favorite cooking shows or find and follow their favorite healthy recipes online. Adding an island in the kitchen adds counter space to allow for more room for meal preparation. Even adding a built-in chopping area to a countertop can make all the difference when prepping for dinner.
- Tax returns: If you need an extra budget boost to support your renovation, your tax returns can provide the added help you need.
- It doesn’t have to be a huge project: The beauty of renovating your kitchen with Granite Transformations is that it’s much easier and faster than a full-scale renovation. Installation requires no demolition and creates less mess. There are many gorgeous quartz, granite and recycled glass countertop colors to choose from, and refacing your cabinets (as opposed to replacing them) can be much more cost-effective. You can view the broad range of cabinet colors and styles here.
Visit us at granitetransformations.com to schedule a free in-home design consultation, receive a free quote, and to learn more about our products and services.
Happy New Year and Happy Remodeling!