How long should a new kitchen 'last'?
My new kitchen is now about 18 months old - so far it's not showing much wear and tear - just a couple dings. Last night I was at a party in my neighborhood at little newer 70's house than mine. These people had already gotten a new kitchen 10 years ago. It was quite nice - kind of a contemporary with slab cabinets so it looked pretty timeless - though some of the cabinets looked pretty worn. Someone else I know - who built a new house well under 15 years ago also just got a new kitchen.
I consider my "new" kitchen to be the only one I and this house are ever going to have - at least in my lifetime. I'm not the type to re-do my kitchen just because it's "dated". If it's really worn out then I will feel the need to fix it up. All this has me wondering - how long do you think a new kitchen should last - not until it's dated - but until it's getting beat up and showing serious signs of wear and tear and really not lookin' good anymore.