||Are people still
remodeling their kitchens just to improve the ability
to sell their home within six months to a year?
Currently, initiating a kitchen renovation is the
best kind of investment for homeowners to choose
so that a high rate of return is almost guaranteed.
However, surveys sent to homeowners regarding home
improvement choices have discovered that more and
more families--especially those with two or more
children--are opting to invest in a kitchen renovation
that suits their needs rather than just for increasing
the resale value of their home.
The kitchen is no longer the isolated area seen
in old TV shows from the decades ago where the only
thing that happened in the kitchen was cooking,
eating meals and doing the dishes. Now one of the
most occupied and busy places in a home, the kitchen
is generally viewed as a place to congregate, socialize,
do homework or surf the Internet using WiFi. In
general, the kitchen is now a place where anyone
can get in anybody's way who may be trying to cook
something in the microwave, wash the dog in the
sink or use the kitchen floor as an ersatz hockey
Regarding kitchen renovation, families with several
children say that because of their children and
the way the kitchen is used as a room to socialize
and perform "non-kitchen" activities,
they are more likely to employ a professional kitchen
architect/designer when remodeling their kitchen.
They also assert they would spend more money on
improving the functionality and kid-friendliness
of their kitchens because it would naturally enhance
the overall quality of their lives in the home.
Additionally, those families that had experienced
a kitchen remodeling project in the past say that
if they could do the project over again, they would
definitely spend more on the job, especially in
the area of making it more accessible to children.
The top concern of families with children under
six years old is safety. For families with children
between six and 12 years old, they want their kitchen
designers to create a place where kids can work
or play while parents are cooking meals in the kitchen.
Of course, as kids mature and get bigger, homeowners
would like kitchen remodeling projects to incorporate
more space and less safety measures that may take
up space, since safety would no longer be a number
To satisfy the desires of families wanting new kitchens,
professional kitchen renovators are integrating
areas apart from the stove so that children can
remain safely in the kitchen while a parent cooks.
Implementing small, "away" environments
for kids to do their homework in the kitchen allows
families to avoid isolating in their rooms during
the evening hours. Kitchen islands are also great
additions for families with children who are big
enough to help prepare a meal but need constant
supervision. With the ability for a family to gather
around an island placed strategically in the middle
of the kitchen, everybody's safety is guaranteed
and family time is enhanced as well.