Help! I am trying to persuade my husband to invest in a new kitchen. I know we’ll get so much more out of it than just an improved aesthetic. What are some other benefits of a kitchen remodel that I can “bring to the table?”
So, you’re ready to turn up the flame on making your dream kitchen a reality, but your husband requires a little more time to simmer on the idea. I’ll be more than happy to share several key benefits of a kitchen remodel.
Your husband may be hesitant because he is focused on the fact that remodeling a kitchen can be a major undertaking. It is not just the expense, but also the unwelcome inconvenience to your home that may give your husband pause. He’s sure to have the following concerns: What will it cost? What should/will it look like? Who will build it?
Before presenting your case, you must first determine the scale of kitchen remodel you want to undertake. There are different levels of kitchen remodels to consider. The most expedient and inexpensive remodel is a simple facelift. This ranges from changing the paint color and decor, to possibly delving into repainting/staining cabinet doors or replacing a backsplash or countertop. The next level involves replacing multiple surface materials (cabinets, flooring, backsplash, countertops) and upgrading appliances, while keeping the original footprint of the kitchen. The most lengthy and expensive remodel involves changing the footprint of the kitchen; which could entail removing walls, moving gas, water, and electrical lines, etc.
After determining the scale and expense that you are willing to undertake, you should prepare yourself to state the case for value. Explain to your husband the increased value and marketability that a remodel would offer your home. We’ve all heard the expression, ‘Kitchens sell homes.” If you and your husband plan to put your home on the market in the future, a remodeled kitchen will appeal to prospective buyers much more than an outdated kitchen. Your remodel may create a space that seals the deal. If you update your kitchen properly, your home won’t linger on the market for long. And, although remodeling a kitchen comes with a price, you may be able to recoup a significant percentage of your investment.
The next factor to consider is your lifestyle needs. A persuasive argument for a kitchen remodel is to redesign the space to better suit your family’s needs. Take some time to list your current kitchen frustrations, such as: not enough storage. Insufficient storage can easily lead to clutter. Don’t forget to also list any design flaws in your current kitchen, such as badly planned layout and workflow. A poor kitchen layout will make you work much harder and ultimately affect your enjoyment. A remodel may help to redefine zones for prepping, washing and cooking; leading to more fluidity and efficiency. Another common kitchen frustration is insufficient counter space. A lack of countertop space is a common design problem. Describe to your husband the inadequacies you currently face and the manner in which a remodel can increase efficiency. For example, you may want space for the two of you to cook at once, or maybe an island where your husband can sit and chat with you while you prepare meals, or it may be important to include a space for the kids or grandkids to do their homework or crafts.
Has your husband taken into consideration the fact that any outmoded appliances could actually be costing you money? Share with him the benefits gained by upgrading to energy-efficient appliances that minimize energy consumption, in turn lowering your energy costs. If upgrading to new appliances causes space issues, I suggest working with an experienced designer to help you plan a space-smart arrangement to accommodate and maximize both storage and functionality.
Lastly, another way to sell your husband on the merits of a kitchen remodel is by stating the more intangible factors. A large percentage of ‘post kitchen remodelers’ claim they feel more comfortable, happier and more organized in their new space. Kitchen remodelers are inspired to cook more at home and order ess takeout; which leads to healthier eating habits– and spending more time together… and saving money too!
After hearing these benefits, I hope your husband will be more amenable to the idea of a kitchen remodel. Including him in the overall process; communicating and compromising on ideas, may also help to spare the need to remodel your marriage, in order to remodel your kitchen.