Kitchen renovations are high on the list of the most common home renovations. A renovation can be as simple as installing new flooring or be a major undertaking that includes enlarging the space and replacing all fixtures and finishes.
Homeowners consider kitchen renovations for many reasons including:
- Size and design — the existing kitchen may be too small or poorly laid out.
- Fixtures and appliances — the fixtures and appliances may be worn out, inefficient or outdated.
- Cabinets and countertops — cabinet finishes, hardware or countertops may be outdated, need repair or replacement.
- Structural problems — there may be problems that require structural changes or repairs.
- Moisture — the floor, walls or finishes may be unsightly or damaged due to moisture problems.
- Plumbing and electrical — many older kitchens don’t have enough electrical outlets and circuits. Older plumbing and plumbing fixtures may include lead or galvanized steel piping.
- Heating and ventilation — older kitchens often have inadequate ventilation or heating systems. The area may be poorly insulated and have a high degree of air leakage, two factors that lead to high energy consumption.
- Finishes — older finishes may be unattractive or not durable enough to withstand the daily wear and tear.