Kitchens remain at the top for the most popular room to renovate, jumping 27 percent in the past year according to the eight annual Houzz & Home survey. Homeowners are driven by two main considerations when contemplating a renovation: location and the ability to personalize their kitchen by adapting it to their particular needs and lifestyle which often places their return on investment a secondary concern.
Improving design and function will continue to drive demand for renovations especially for those who love their present location and the lifestyle and amenities that come with it.
Based on my experience as a designer, an open kitchen that encourages community in this social space in the home is a key driver for renovation. It not only encourages conversation but allows for planned task zones for multiple activities and entertainment.
This study also found that most renovators were “wanting to do it all along” but were simply waiting for the best time to start the project and the financial means to complete it. Natural disasters also played a role in driving 6 percent of renovation activity according to this survey.
Once the decision is made to renovate, smart technology and improving energy efficiency are important factors when choosing new appliances. With a growing health and eco-friendly conscious lifestyle 35 percent of renovators intend to address health concerns in their new kitchen design.
Kitchen appliance finishes and countertops have become a significant way to personalize the look of your kitchen by showcasing your style and uniqueness. Stainless steel remains the most popular appliance finish while quartz and granite remain heavy competitors for countertop choices.
Kitchen cabinet color trends and style choices heavily support the transitional look with warm whites, gray and blue tones claiming the popular choice with a pop of color accent displayed on the island or base cabinets. This is just another way to personalize the look of your kitchen.
Kitchen design today offers a full menu of options to suit your lifestyle needs that make it easy to pull the renovation trigger!