Little wonder then that people tend to opt for a kitchen refurbishment whenever they're looking for an opportunity for a home makeover in general. It can be difficult to know where to start and whether or not you should opt for a complete transformation, or just selective refurbishment along the way.
For example, you could completely transform the way that this place looks by just replacing the worktops, the cabinet doors, handles and hardware. You'd be surprised how this changes everything. Re-facing doors that look a bit tired can be a more cost-effective option for you than purchasing brand-new cabinetry. Never underestimate the impact that new handles and knobs can make when coordinated properly.
Do you have a kitchen area with quite a lot of room? Rather than have a table and chairs in the middle, perhaps you could have a brand-new island for preparation purposes? Maybe you could convert one of the surfaces to a breakfast bar and put stools around the outer edge, instead? You will still be able to feed the family at less formal meal times, but you will have a lot more room to let your creative juices flow during food preparation, too.
Preparation is everything here. You should do a lot of research before you even lift up a screwdriver, or think about calling somebody in to help. Look through some of those magazines that you find down at your newsagent for inspiration. It's okay to take an idea from here and another one from there, but always remember that you've got to coordinate nicely at the end. Be creative with your budget too. We all have to work with limitations, especially these days, but you can spare some money from a particular area of your budget by using a cost saver, allowing you to repurpose the money that you save to make a bigger "splash" in some other area.
It isn't always necessary for you to worry about the total replacement cost of all those appliances, especially the units that you have that are not that old. By refurbishing creatively and lovingly, you can make this room an even greater draw for all your family members, friends and visitors. Just don't make it too comfortable in here, as you do want to be able to retire to the family room when all that cooking and consuming is complete!