Doubling up the appliances in your home might seem like a strange step to take, but there are many homeowners for whom secondary appliances are a way of life. Where your kitchen is concerned, you probably have one dishwasher that you use. It can be worthwhile, however, to explore the idea of adding a second dishwasher. Your remodeling contractor will need to make space for this appliance to sit under the countertop, which means that you'll be losing a bit of storage space. The trade-off, however, is that the second dishwasher may make your life a lot easier. Here are some signs that you may need a second dishwasher.
The Dishwasher Can't Accommodate Your Family's Needs
A sure sign that you might wish to explore the idea of adding a second dishwasher is that the appliance you currently use cannot accommodate the needs of your family. For example, if you have a large family, you may find that you quickly fill the dishwasher with dirty plates, cutlery, glasses, and other accessories after mealtime, and end up with a number of items that can't fit. In some scenarios, you may end up with dirty dishes that won't fit into the dishwasher unless you ensure that it is completely empty before mealtime.
You're Doing Too Many Dishes By Hand
It's normal to do a few dishes by hand after you load the dishwasher each evening after dinner. For example, there are commonly some items that aren't dishwasher safe or that don't fit well in the dishwasher due to their size. You'll want to evaluate how much time you're spending standing at the sink and doing dishes. Ideally, you'll only have a few things to do, but if you find that you're devoting far too much time each day to washing objects by hand, it may be time to explore a second dishwasher.
You're Using Paper/Plastic Plates To Avoid Dirtying Dishes
If you're someone who frequently hosts parties at your home, you may struggle with the idea that the dishwasher can hold only a fraction of the things that you dirty each gathering, leaving you with a lot of work after everyone leaves. Perhaps you've decided to serve your food on paper or plastic dishes and use other disposable products — utensils and cups, namely — in an effort to avoid dirtying dishes. This can cheapen the look of your get together, and isn't overly environmentally friendly, either. If you're facing any of these scenarios, talking to a remodeling contractor about a second dishwasher may be worthwhile.
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