How long should a new kitchen last?
When you spend a good amount of time and money on planning, designing and building a new kitchen, it’s reasonable to say that you’d want your new kitchen to last quite a few years.
It’s not uncommon to see kitchens that are over 40 years old that are still completely functional. The only thing wrong with them is that they are dated and unfashionable in appearance and may have a lot of visible wear on the bench tops and cabinets.
A very old kitchen also may not have the best design layout. If you find yourself using multiple cupboards and travelling all over your kitchen just to make a cup of tea, then it could be time for a more functional layout.
In general, bench tops can last a very long time, particularly if they are made of hardwearing, quality materials. Marble benches can last well over 20 years, and natural stone bench tops don’t have an expiry date at all – they will last a lifetime. Quality cabinets can last 50 years and the sink, faucet and most appliances should last 10-12 years.
Most people choose to renovate their kitchens purely for aesthetic reasons, particularly when they first move into a new home. Other reasons why you might consider renovating your kitchen include:
- Water damage where the bench tops or cabinets have started to swell, warp or become moudly
- ‘Soft’ cabinets that crumble and flake when you apply pressure to them
- The overall function of the kitchen is frustrating; your workspaces are not efficient and you have very little bench space to prepare food
Occasionally, an old kitchen will still be in good condition ‘under the hood’, and only the bench tops and cupboard doors may need upgrading for a more modern look. Many people also choose to upgrade their appliances to a more energy efficient model and a stainless steel finish.
At Creativ Kitchens, we expect our high quality kitchens to last at least 20 years under normal, domestic use, simply because we choose high quality materials and take pride in our workmanship. To obtain a quote for your new dream kitchen, contact our professional team today.