I heard a statistic today that the average home owner remodels 2.3 kitchens in their lifetime. I am not quite sure how you can remodel .3 of a kitchen. I suppose if you just change out an island or make minor changes such as refinishing cabinets or changing just the counters or floors perhaps that would count as a third of a remodel.
It raises an interesting point though. In my experience, if you are going to go through the cost, effort and construction dust of doing a remodel (and you are only likely to do it twice in your lifetime), then isn’t it preferable to improve the kitchen in the process? Fix the areas of the layout that don’t function well for you rather than just replace an existing layout with new materials. Select quality materials that are timeless and will serve you well for a long time.
Sometimes I am asked if I can figure out how to keep cabinets and just change the counters or select appliances that fit in an existing cabinet opening. Generally, I can find a creative way to make this work but often I have to ask is it really the right decision in the long run. I am not a fan of changing surfaces without addressing the ‘foundation’ of a kitchen. By foundation, I mean, cabinets, appliances and other elements that aren’t easy to update later. Light fixtures, faucets, even counter tops and back splashes can fairly easily be changed to update a kitchen later when more funds are available but it is really difficult to replace cabinets without damaging counters or replace an oven without needing to get a new cabinet for a newly-sized opening. Also, with appliances, there are so many energy improvements from year-to-year that appliance improvements start paying for themselves on day one. Hence, I prefer to address the elements that will make the kitchen last half a lifetime. After all, if the statistic is correct, that is how long you will live with your decision!
How about you? Does the statistic ring true in your experience?