There are many older homes that Tampa kitchen remodeling experts get called in to redesign because the challenges that come with these homes are often much more than the average DIY homeowner knows how to remedy. If you are thinking about diving into a big kitchen remodeling project and your home is more than sixty years old, there are some common challenges you should be prepared to run into.
Not Enough Lighting- Older homes tend to have less lighting than modern homes, especially in the kitchen. When working with your designer on the floor plan for your Tampa kitchen remodeling project, make sure to add in lighting options, consider a sky light, track lighting and modern fixtures. This is also a good time to consider where your electrical outlets should be!
No Counter Space- Kitchens in older homes tend to have minimal counter space and an illogical layout. The space between islands and counters might not be ADA compliant and doorways and hallways are also usually tight to navigate. Opening space could be a consideration for your Tampa Kitchen Remodeling in order to create more area for counters, a kitchen islands and full-size appliances. Some homeowners will reconfigure their pantry space, bump out closets, or remove the wall between the kitchen and dining room to create an eat-in kitchen that has all the space you need!
Asbestos Tile- Homes built between 1920 and 1980 are notorious for having asbestos tile beneath the hardwood floors or vinyl in the kitchen and throughout. These tiles are very durable but can also be dangerous as they break or begin to crumble. Most contractors will install new flooring on top of asbestos tile rather than removing it for safety reasons, but you will need to disclose the asbestos if you choose to sell your home in the future.
The remedies of these common old house kitchen remodeling are often complex and require permits, licensing, and professional work that can be guaranteed. Before trying to dive into one of these projects yourself, contact a contractor for an estimate and consultation.