This October, Houzz released results of the Fall Houzz Kitchen Remodeling Survey, revealing trends from more than 7,500 Houzz users who are in the midst of or are planning a kitchen remodel.
Renovating homeowners say bigger kitchens are not necessarily better, with only one-third of respondents increasing their square footage. However, open spaces are in high demand with three-quarters of respondents opening up their kitchens, typically as part of a great room. In keeping with the open concept approach, three in five respondents are incorporating an island into their new or updated kitchen.
The results also show that kitchen style preference differs by age group, with younger homeowners more likely to choose a contemporary or modern kitchen while those 55 years and older favor a traditional look.
Countertops are key to kitchen transformations with the vast majority (94 percent) of respondents planning counter updates. Granite and quartz top the list (86 percent) with many people mixing and matching materials, often choosing a different finish for their island. Tile, once a popular choice, accounts for just two percent of countertops but remains in high demand for backsplashes (50 percent) and floors (32 percent).
When it comes to appliances, nearly two-thirds of respondents are choosing stainless but many reported combining stainless with appliances integrated into cabinetry for a more subtle look. High-end cooking appliances top Houzzers’ wish lists, including a chef’s stove (32 percent), double ovens (18 percent), an induction cooktop (9 percent) and a wine refrigerator (7 percent).
While bright colors are trendy for decor, 75 percent of respondents describe their future kitchen as “soft and neutral.” Kitchen palette and style preferences are clearly linked as color conservatives are more likely to choose traditional style kitchens, while those who choose more daring colors are more likely to create a contemporary or modern kitchen.
Nearly half of respondents said using eco-friendly appliances and materials was important. Those who declared choosing eco-friendly materials and appliances to be “extremely important” are more likely to choose tile flooring, while all other groups favored hardwood.
Nearly half of respondents are planning, or in the midst of, a total gut remodel (49 percent) while 42 percent are updating their existing kitchen. Overwhelmingly, respondents are renovating to make their kitchens more beautiful and to please themselves (80 percent). Other reasons include making the kitchen more functional (59 percent), upgrading features or appliances (52 percent) and improving organization and storage (48 percent).
For more information, you can view the full report, click here.
Author Liza Hausman, Vice President of Community & Marketing, Houzz has experience spanning advertising, consulting, marketing and social strategy for Fortune 500 brands and a variety of innovative startups. Over the last seven years, she’s worked with interior designers, architects, contractors and landscape professionals to remodel and decorate nearly every inch of her home in Palo Alto, Calif.