Kitchen Remodel - Source IStockWhy remodel your kitchen? For most families, the kitchen is the hub of the home. It’s where we cook, eat, plan, play and study. It seems like most of the big decisions we make get made around the kitchen table so getting this room right can make a huge difference in your life.

Of course, every family and home is different and the reasons to remodel vary as well. In our experience, here are the top reasons to remodel the heart of the home.

Deterioration/Disaster/Fire – Sometimes it’s not really a decision at all. Accidents, disasters like floods or fires and major breakdowns may make your kitchen, or parts of it, unusable as a practical matter. If you find yourself in this position, your first inclination may be to just fix or replace the least you can as quickly as possible to get your lives back on track. But, it’s important to take a step back and consider the long term picture. If you are in this predicament, it may be well worth your time to consult with a kitchen designer or contractor for ideas and suggestions.

Upgrade to Gourmet Kitchen – Consider your kitchen needs. Do you only cook occasionally or is it your passion? A gourmet kitchen makes cooking and cleaning efficient and convenient for the primary user but it doesn’t come cheap. Beautiful materials, state of the art appliances and a well-executed design are all needed to make your kitchen a showcase.

Increase Home Value – If you are thinking about selling your home, remodeling your kitchen may help you get the best price. Buyers expect to see modern conveniences and updates in the kitchen. A dated or poorly designed kitchen can be a deal breaker. Especially in older homes, kitchen improvements tend to add value.

Aging-In-Place Kitchen Design – As baby boomers hit retirement by the millions, they are looking for ways to stay in their homes longer than ever. Today, many remodelers and home improvement contractors specialize in aging-in-place kitchen design, also known as universal design. Look for certified aging-in-place (CAPS) remodelers for help to get a needs-assessment and remodel your kitchen accordingly. Open floor plans, adjusting the height of countertops and cabinets, installing pull drawers and improved lighting are just a few things you can do to make kitchens safer and more functional as you age.

Internet of Things (IoT) and the Kitchen – The internet has disrupted the way we do so many things in our lives; it was only a matter of time until it hit the kitchen. It looks like 2015 will be the year it arrives in kitchens in a big way. Known as home automation or the connected home, new products and features are rolling out that will change the way we do many traditional tasks. Your smart refrigerator can keep track of your groceries and may even be able to place an order for you. You’ll be able to monitor and adjust cooking temperatures remotely with the right stove and connected screens of every size and configuration will be built in to every surface. Keep technology advances in mind when you make kitchen remodeling decisions so you don’t have to go back and retrofit later when all these seemingly futuristic gadgets and options become as common place as your smart phone.

Home Town Restyling is a full service home improvement contractor with licensed and insured crews on staff for professional installation. If you choose to work with Hometown on projects ranging from kitchen renovation to whole house remodels, you can rest assured that you’ll be working with an experienced team that has served the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City area for nearly 30 years.

Stop by or contact us today for a free estimate. You can also download your FREE Guide, Iowa Contractor Comparison Guide – How to Make Your Remodeling Project a Success for tips on hiring the right local contractor.

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