When you are finally settled in your "forever home" and know that you will be spending many years there, you need to renovate according to the future years in your home. Here are some ideas for renovating a kitchen with the future in mind!
Dream Big—Think about a re-design for life. Visualize what you want your ideal kitchen to look like now (with kids still around) and later (once they are out). Then, separate the must-haves from the optional things. Spend a little more on a must have and save a little more on an optional item. For instance, nicer cabinets and maybe wood look vinyl flooring.
Don't Make Trouble—Removing walls can cause all sorts of issues. It can be costlier than you really need. There are usually ways to add space that is cost effective as well. Cabinets to the ceiling can add extra storage if you can’t add that huge pantry you would like to add.
Think Ahead—Picture what you might like to have in your space 10 years from now. If you are older, having bar seating may be something that might be more difficult in a few years. If you have kids, remember they won’t be small forever! Keep in mind ways your family will change and try to plan ahead for those things.
Look Rich, Be Frugal—It’s okay to splurge a little as payback for decades of hard work (and for saving for a renovation like this) but don’t spend your nest egg on certain items. Don’t purchase top of the line professional appliances. You can get appliances are just as nice looking but can save you thousands from a warehouse club or big-box store.