When Should I Update My Kitchen?

Sustainable Kitchen

Learn when you should be updating your kitchen.

While there is no wrong time to remodel your kitchen, there comes a time when upgrading is a “need” rather than a “want.” Your kitchen’s appliances and equipment won’t last forever, so after a few years, it should be replaced with newer versions! Continue reading to learn when to update your kitchen cabinets, countertops, and appliances.


Kitchen countertops are extremely important in any kitchen, and while most materials last a long time, they should be revamped every 10-15 years. Countertops are used daily and are subject to a lot of wear and tear, and it’s possible for cracks to hold bacteria to create an unsanitary work area. If you installed countertops that were once in style but are now outdated, the look and feel of the material can decrease the value of your kitchen. If you’ve had your countertops for over ten years and they are cracked, stained, or simply outdated, it’s time for an upgrade!


It’s typically a good idea to replace your cabinets and countertops at the same time to maintain a consistent design and overall look. Cabinets will show their age more than countertops, as the doors may not open and close smoothly anymore or the shelves may begin to bend. If you’ve had the same kitchen cabinets for over ten years but are unsure if they need to be replaced, take a closer look for some clear signs. If your cabinets show signs of water damage, mold, softwood, or blackening wood, it’s time for a revamp!


Your most-used appliances- including the dishwasher, fridge, and stove- should last a long time if they are good quality, but they should be replaced at least once every ten years. Modern dishwashers are designed to last about ten years, but they can have issues at any point. If you see signs including rust, standing water, leaking water on the floor, or if your dishes are cold or dirty after a wash cycle, it’s time to invest in a new dishwasher.

Design Your Dream Kitchen With Design Solutions, Inc.

Design Solutions Inc, located in Annapolis MD, is here to help homeowners throughout the Maryland areas redesign their bathrooms, kitchens, and homes. Want to create a greener home? Ask us about sustainable design for your Maryland home.

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