7 Signs That You’re Ready
For A New Kitchen

Four Seasons Kitchens   •   Leeds

Understanding The Key Indicators – Are You Ready?

It can be difficult to really know when you’re ready for a new kitchen. We understand that you want to save money and only spend if you need to (we are in Yorkshire after all!), so how do you know when it really is time for a new kitchen, and making a few repairs just won’t cut it?

From cluttered cabinets causing stress and frustration to a poor layout leaving your kitchen unsociable and underused, there are many reasons why you should consider a new kitchen.

We have compiled this guide, ‘7 Signs That You’re Ready For a New Kitchen’, to help you make the right choices to improve your lifestyle, and spend your money wisely.

If you find yourself relating to some of the key indicators below, it’s a strong sign that it’s time to update your kitchen.

1. Storage Space

DO YOU EVER FIND YOURSELF PICKING YOUR WAY THROUGH POTS & PANS TO FIND THE ONE YOU WANT?

We understand the struggle, however this can be easily resolved using modern cabinets, such as the Le-Mans unit to make use of deep corners with easily accessible, pull-out trays to allow quick access to the exact pan/plate/bowl you need.

Pull-out larders are the must-have thing right now. Being able to store your dry food in fully extendable drawers is great for access. You’ll never lose a tin of beans at the back of your cupboard for 3 years again! Each of our 60cm drawers holds up to 40kg of weight – That’s 6 stone 4lbs!

IS YOUR WORKTOP LITTERED WITH APPLIANCES?

Kettles, microwaves, toasters are all kitchen essentials which, until recently, take up a lot of worktop space which could otherwise be used for food prep, decorative features, or to simply create a more open space.

From instant boiling water taps to combination microwaves, there really is no need for worktop appliances in the modern day kitchen.

IS YOUR WORKTOP LITTERED WITH APPLIANCES?

Kettles, microwaves, toasters are all kitchen essentials which, until recently, take up a lot of worktop space which could otherwise be used for food prep, decorative features, or to simply create a more open space.

From instant boiling water taps to combination microwaves, there really is no need for worktop appliances in the modern day kitchen.

2. Wear And Tear

OVER TIME, YOUR KITCHEN WILL HAVE SUFFERED SOME WEAR AND TEAR

You might notice the doors don’t line up properly. Maybe they’re scratched, fading or damaged. Are you fed up with them slamming shut or hanging wide open? When you upgrade your cabinets you’ll be able to find the highest quality, state of the art materials which are both elegant and durable. You can add soft-close hinges or motorised automatic doors, to make life that little bit easier.

If you don’t like your kitchen it can be frustrating, and may even cause you to feel embarrassed, putting you off having family and friends over. A kitchen is more than just a place to cook your food.

3. Layout

WHEN YOUR LAYOUT IMPEDES YOUR DAILY ROUTINE

The kitchen is supposed to be the heart of your home – the place you have Sunday brunch with your family, bake with your kids, and socialise with your friends. Unfortunately your kitchen might not allow you to do that if it’s been laid out badly. Even if your kitchen is only small, it should allow you to do all of the above, when designed properly.

Sometimes simply changing the layout and adding modern, space-saving cabinets such as integrated bins, pull-out larders, and creative corner units, can make a huge difference to the amount of space available. Considering kitchen zoning is crucial too, so that the layout makes sense with how you use your kitchen:

Are you a keen cook? Do you want to use your kitchen as a social space? Creating “zones” for your needs, such as prep, cooking, seating and more, all make life in the kitchen that little bit easier.

3. Layout

WHEN YOUR LAYOUT IMPEDES YOUR DAILY ROUTINE

The kitchen is supposed to be the heart of your home – the place you have Sunday brunch with your family, bake with your kids, and socialise with your friends. Unfortunately your kitchen might not allow you to do that if it’s been laid out badly. Even if your kitchen is only small, it should allow you to do all of the above, when designed properly.

Sometimes simply changing the layout and adding modern, space-saving cabinets such as integrated bins, pull-out larders, and creative corner units, can make a huge difference to the amount of space available. Considering kitchen zoning is crucial too, so that the layout makes sense with how you use your kitchen:

Are you a keen cook? Do you want to use your kitchen as a social space? Creating “zones” for your needs, such as prep, cooking, seating and more, all make life in the kitchen that little bit easier.

REDUCE KITCHEN HAZARDS AND INCREASE SAFETY

Upgrading your kitchen could also be essential for the safety of your family. Traditionally, ovens are kept as base units, close to the floor.

If you have young children or pets, this becomes a serious hazard and the thought of them suffering burns is frightening. With modern kitchens, it is common practice to have ovens set at mid height. Not only is this safer, it is often more accessible and eliminates the need to bend down – potentially causing or aggravating lower back issues. We can set the ovens at the right height for the client’s requirements.

4. A Nightmare To Keep Clean

TIRED OLD KITCHENS CAN BE DIFFICULT TO KEEP CLEAN

Inaccessible corner units, peeling surfaces and deep, grubby grouting make for endless, ineffective scrubbing.

This is stressful, tiring and a huge waste of time. When choosing your new kitchen you can opt for surfaces and flooring that wipe clean in a flash, high quality materials that won’t crack, peel or gather dirt, and worktops that require no intense labour whatsoever.

Your designer can also advise you of certain flooring colours that won’t show dust and dirt as much, which allow you to go for extended periods of time without feeling like you have to hoover every day!

4. A Nightmare To Keep Clean

TIRED OLD KITCHENS CAN BE DIFFICULT TO KEEP CLEAN

Inaccessible corner units, peeling surfaces and deep, grubby grouting make for endless, ineffective scrubbing.

This is stressful, tiring and a huge waste of time. When choosing your new kitchen you can opt for surfaces and flooring that wipe clean in a flash, high quality materials that won’t crack, peel or gather dirt, and worktops that require no intense labour whatsoever.

Your designer can also advise you of certain flooring colours that won’t show dust and dirt as much, which allow you to go for extended periods of time without feeling like you have to hoover every day!

5. Out Of Fashion

STYLE THAT BRINGS UNHAPPINESS OR EMBARRASSMENT

Besides the many technical issues your kitchen could face, if you simply don’t like how it looks, this could have the biggest effect on how you feel about it and be the greatest motivation for change.

As I’m sure you’ll agree, you want to feel good about your kitchen. You want to be able to have friends and family come round and be in awe of the beautiful space you have, but more importantly, you want to feel proud, and at home.

Whether you’ve moved into a new house, inherited a home, or your once trendy kitchen is no longer, putting your own up-to-date spin on it can be a crucial step to boost your happiness. There are many different ways you might choose to design your kitchen, so we recommend finding some ideas online, visiting a showroom, and expressing your ideals to a designer. From there, they’ll be in the best possible position to create your dream kitchen.

6. Outdated Appliances

POORLY PERFORMING APPLIANCES CAN CAUSE MANY PROBLEMS IN THE KITCHEN

From inconsistent ovens burning your dinner one minute and undercooking it the next, to fridges that don’t hold their temperature and cause your food to go to waste, poor performing appliances cause stress and waste time and money.

Technology is evolving so rapidly, you may find yourself shocked at just what you’re able to achieve with modern appliances. Self-cleaning ovens; app-controlled ovens; hydroponic kitchen gardens… These are just a few examples of the latest advancements in the appliance world.

From time saving features to helping save the planet, updating your appliances can bring huge benefits; you’ll wonder how you ever lived without them!

6. Outdated Appliances

POORLY PERFORMING APPLIANCES CAN CAUSE MANY PROBLEMS IN THE KITCHEN

From inconsistent ovens burning your dinner one minute and undercooking it the next, to fridges that don’t hold their temperature and cause your food to go to waste, poor performing appliances cause stress and waste time and money.

Technology is evolving so rapidly, you may find yourself shocked at just what you’re able to achieve with modern appliances. Self-cleaning ovens; app-controlled ovens; hydroponic kitchen gardens… These are just a few examples of the latest advancements in the appliance world.

From time saving features to helping save the planet, updating your appliances can bring huge benefits; you’ll wonder how you ever lived without them!

7. Your Family Is Growing

YOU’VE SIMPLY OUTGROWN YOUR CURRENT KITCHEN

When you have an extra little person running about your house, or even a couple of once-little, now big people, it can quickly feel like your current kitchen space just isn’t big enough anymore.

This is the situation the majority of our clients are in when they come to us – deciding to extend their home to create a bigger, more functional space for them to enjoy with their growing family.

Doing this is often a much more cost effective approach than moving to a new house, where large fees such as stamp duty must be paid. We always recommend speaking to a Kitchen Designer as early in the process as possible in order to help with your layout decisions before the building work starts and can’t be easily changed.

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