When you're of above-average height, one of the minor annoyances that you'll face in your home is kitchen countertops that seem too low. Simple, everyday activities such as slicing vegetables on a cutting board on the countertop can be a little more difficult than you'd like them to be, simply because you have to bend more than the average person. If you have a bad back, you may find that kitchen tasks — especially washing wishes, in which you're reaching even lower than the height of the countertop — can actually worsen the condition. You may wish to think about raising the height of the countertop by even a couple inches. This is a job that your local remodeling contractor can do for you. First, it's smart to consider the pros and cons.
Pro: You'll Experience More Comfort
A major advantage of raising your kitchen countertops is that you'll feel a higher degree of comfort when you're working in the kitchen. Not having to bend over quite as far can leave you feeling fresh, rather than in pain, after a prolonged period of meal preparation. Given the impact that back pain can have throughout your life, higher countertops can truly improve your quality of life.
Con: It May Not Suit Everyone In Your Family
Unless your entire family is of above-average height, height countertops might not be suitable. Some members of your family may struggle to effectively use the countertops, which can be just as inconvenient for them as low countertops were for you, albeit in the opposite way.
Pro: It Can Be Safer For Children
If you have children, you might constantly be worrying about them reaching up to your countertops. Curious children's hands can pull heavy or sharp objects down, resulting in serious injuries. When the countertops are a little higher, you won't have this problem — and, ideally, by the time your children have grown tall enough to reach the new countertop, they'll know better than to reach up to it.
Con: It Will Be Expensive
A new countertop, on its own, doesn't have to be a major expense. However, raising the height of your countertop can be pricey. That's because you may need to order new lower cabinets. Your remodeling contractor can convert your kitchen for you in this manner, but it will take a lot of hours, given the scope of the work. It's a good idea to discuss these pros and cons with your contractor and decide how to proceed.
For more information on countertop installation, contact a contractor near you.