Kitchen remodel ideas are something so many of our clients look for. They typically want to know what other people are doing in their kitchens, so they can choose the features and design that makes sense for them.
Recently, Houzz published their 2018 Kitchen Trends Study and we thought it would be helpful to cover some of the results.
In particular, one (unsurprising) result is that:
- Most kitchen renovations are happening in the suburbs, and
- For homeowners who are age 55 and above .
This is spot-on with what we see here in the Plymouth and Ann Arbor areas. Most of our home remodeling customers are over age 55, with a large percentage being Boomers.
Why a kitchen remodel?
What’s most interesting is what these clients are doing in their kitchens and why. Our clients are wanting new kitchens that make sense for their lives right now. Some may have an eye on the future, but not all.
According to the Houzz study, a large percentage of kitchen upgrades are being done in recently purchased homes (28%). People also stated that they could no longer stand the old kitchen (41%) or they finally had the ability to create the kitchen they always wanted (36%).
Kitchen upgrade features
Homeowners doing a major kitchen upgrade included nearly the same features our clients here in the Plymouth area do. Such as:
- Countertops (94%)
- Sink (89%)
- Backsplash (88%)
- Faucet (86%)
- Wall finish (84%)
- Lighting fixtures 82%
- Cabinets 82%Flooring 73%
- All appliances 59%
Many of the homeowners want to open up their kitchen (49%), including creating transitions to other spaces, such as opening up walls (56%) or adding double doors. Some of those wanting to open the kitchen up to the outdoors (adding single or double doors).
Style and organization are top priorities
All of us like to be able to get to things in our kitchens. And, I think it is particularly important to many of our 50+ clients who are looking at modernizing and/or downsizing a home so it suits their lives.
As such, the Houzz study clearly shows that most homeowners want great storage solutions. (Actually, rated above every other function in a kitchen.) It also makes sense that overwhelmingly, the most important aspect of a great kitchen design is how it looks.
People want it to be easy to store and find things (63%), want it to make their lives easier (38%). Also, they want to make it easy to entertain and clean (both at 32%).
Along the lines of organization and storage, most homeowners doing a kitchen remodel are upgrading their cabinets (82%), adding built-in storage, pullout waste/recycling bins (67%) and utensil organizers (35%).
Technology is advancing at a rapid pace; it’s true for kitchens, too. With 90% of all homeowners responding that they were replacing all or some appliances during kitchen renovations, it’s a great place to slide a little tech into your home to improve convenience and get time-saving features. Some of the reported features include color-touchscreen controls, built-in speakers, and wireless and voice-controlled appliances.
Continuining with the trend to make our homes easier to live in, one in seven homeowners added new electronics during a kitchen renovations (14%). Those included TVs, home assistants, wireless speakers and central control panels for home systems.
Hiring a professional vs. DIY
Almost 90% of homeowners remodeling their kitchen hired a professional Remodeler to do the work. Interestingly enough, people in urban or suburban areas were more likely to do that vs. those who lived in rural areas.
Overall, general contractors and kitchen remodelers are hired by two-thirds of homeowners.
Stella Contracting is the Plymouth, MI is a premier kitchen remodeling contractor, providing the highest quality and craftsmanship. We know our clients who invest in their homes want a beautiful kitchen that suits their lives and lifestyle. We deliver that, every time.