If you have an older home and you are considering renovating in order to make it more comfortable and modern, one of the most likely places to focus your energy is the kitchen. This room was once the exclusive domain of whoever did the cooking in the home. Meals were prepared, cooked and sent from here, and the goal of the kitchen was to be functional.
Today however the kitchen is used very differently. It is still the room where meals are prepared and the usual appliances are here, but it has also become a social gathering place that is often the primary one in a home.
The challenge is that older kitchens were not built to accommodate people hanging out in them. They are small with not much walking area and were not made to be able to serve a meal. Also kitchens were not built to be beautiful, they will only made to be functional. So bringing people into an older kitchen is not the most appealing idea to homeowners who want to impress their guests.
But a full kitchen renovation is very expensive and time-consuming. In order to get this work done you need to hire a professional contractor who will invade your home with an army of workers. You will also lose access to your kitchen and perhaps the surrounding areas for weeks. These reasons make a full kitchen remodel off-limits for most homeowners. But what can homeowners do in their kitchens to modernize them, that are low cost and don’t take weeks to complete?
Replace the Kitchen Sink
Kitchen sinks have become a focal point in many modern kitchens and there are several Styles today that homeowners crave. The most popular are.
Farmhouse Sinks: This style of sink is deep and rectangular and features an exposed front. In addition to it being very functional in a kitchen, it can give a kitchen a very elegant, yet casual feel.
Drop in Sinks: These are the most popular types of kitchen sinks today. The sink drops into place and has a rim that holds it in place. The newer versions of these sinks are large modern-looking rectangles and are often made from newer type of materials and come in a broad range of colors.
Undermount Sinks: Undermount sinks are installed below the countertop and present a clean and modern look because there are no exposed edges. The look is trendy and allows for a stone counter surface to have an uninterrupted look.
Replace the Kitchen Tap
The range of kitchen taps today is nearly endless with styles that are elegant and functional and offered in nearly any look a homeowner desires. There are modern, retro, classic, and some that combine several styles. Selecting the perfect tap adds elegance and sophistication to a kitchen and can make the entire room look remodeled.
Portable Kitchen Island
When most people think of putting an island in the kitchen, they envision a large construction job wear the island is built into the floor of the kitchen. A much less expensive and easier way to have the same effect is to purchase a portable kitchen island that can be moved if need. This island can be quite large creating additional food preparation space or for family or guests to use to eat.
Selecting the right new sinks and taps can add class and elegance and upgrade any kitchen. And purchasing a portable island can allow for people to hang out in the kitchen and not be in the way of those who are trying to cook. Consider both of these renovations in order to make your kitchen more modern and inviting.