Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design, recently released some research that offers interesting insights into current trends in kitchen remodeling.
Multiple Purposes, Wide Open Spaces
Kitchens have always been a gathering place, but traditional, utilitarian kitchens are morphing to facilitate an informal, interactive lifestyle where people can cook together, entertain, socialize, play and work. According to Houzz, nearly two-thirds of homeowners spend three or more hours per day in the kitchen.
With the demand for multi-purpose living in the kitchen, it naturally generates open spaces that flow into other living areas, including outdoors. In fact 65% of renovated kitchens lead to outdoor spaces.
More Features, New Styles
The kitchen as living area means homeowners are adding more features, like dining tables and chandeliers, formerly found in a separate dining room. Workspaces, TVs, and built-in coffee stations are popular, and the wine refrigerator continues to be in demand as well. Favorite upgrade features include countertops, sinks and faucets, and backsplashes. The most popular upgrade countertop materials are granite (still going strong), engineered quartz, and quartzite. Engineered quartz is fabricated from natural silicon dioxide (the silica that makes quartz) and synthetic materials, while quartzite is a naturally occurring metamorphic rock. Both are high performance, high appearance countertop materials, and have been quite popular on the West coast for several years.
Appreciation of the importance of lighting has grown along with the availability of better choices. 74 percent of lighting upgrades include under-cabinet lighting. Recessed and pendant lighting is also popular.
Style updates are a big factor, with 76 percent of homeowners changing the style of their kitchens. Style trends tend to fall in the transitional category. Transitional style kitchens provide clean, simple, contemporary-type lines, combined with natural materials (wood and stone) that provide warmth and tradition. They generally utilize neutral colors, enhanced with textural elements.
“I Can’t Stand It Anymore” is on the Rise
Houzz reports that 43 percent of homeowners pulled the trigger to remodel because they could no longer stand their old kitchen, up 29 percent from the previous year. They turn to professionals, including kitchen designers, cabinetmakers and general contractors to help them get the new kitchen they want.
Kitchens today are about creating a life space that fits your personal style, both aesthetically and functionally. The choices are amazing, whether you are on a small budget or planning to splurge for top of the line upgrades. To get the kitchen they really want, homeowners are turning to professionals to guide them through the planning and construction process. Additionally, kitchens continue to provide strong ROI at sale time.
Are you ready to change your old kitchen? Marsh Furniture’s design experts can help you get started.