At Stella Contracting, one of our specialties is kitchen remodels. We love creating the perfect kitchen that is customized for the family of the home.
Since we’re coming to the end of 2017, we thought it would be fun to take a look back at the Houzz 2017 Kitchen Trends Survey from earlier in the year and see how that stacks up against what we saw happening in kitchen remodels here in the Plymouth and Ann Arbor, MI areas this year.
Over the past 3 years or so, Houzz research has shown that people are moving away from remodeling their kitchen as an investment in their home, to kitchen remodeling with the intent to improve their lives and lifestyle.
The input from those surveyed clearly indicates a shift to focusing on the health of the family, face-to-face with family and friends, and cooking at home much more.
That’s the motivation, but what about the remodeling work people are having done in their homes?
Please note: The Houzz 2017 Kitchen Trends Survey calls out several different generations in the results (Millennials, Boomers, etc.). However, the largest percentage of our customers are Baby Boomers, so our perspective is going to slant that way. Meaning, you should assume the choices here are the ones that Baby Boomers in our area are making.
Kitchen remodels: The highlights
Colors & Built-Ins
In January, white was the most popular kitchen cabin color. For kitchen walls, it was gray. For built-ins, the survey said that pantries and islands were the top choices. Finally, stainless was the color of choice for appliances.
We’ve seen all of those this year, with many Boomers getting their homes ready for later in life. Ample pantry storage and sitting/work areas with an island are still top choices. For colors, white with some another color seems to be in the lead (i.e white cabinets & a different colored wall or accents). Stainless is waning, but easy-cleaning appliance finishes are winners.
Countertops & Flooring
The top considerations for countertop and flooring materials for the kitchen were looks and durability. That meant granite was the top choice, followed in second by engineered quartz. Hardwood and tile were tied for flooring.
What we’ve seen here in the Ann Arbor area this year is the same, but with some clarification. Hardwood may be pulling slightly ahead, but textured tile is going strong. Both look great and provide some anti-slip properties. (Which, we Boomers want to help keep us from tripping, but we won’t talk about.)
The Houzz survey indicated that contemporary style cabinets were at the top, with clear distinctions for Millennials (farmhouse) and Boomers (traditional). However, what we’ve seen more transitional styles chosen in our projects; a mix of old and new, bold and soft. Let’s face it, we don’t like to get too far away from what we know, but like to add our personal touches to things and make them ours.
Other interesting facts
Finishes – Preferences were driven by looks (marble counters and wood flooring), and durability (granite and quartz counters and porcelain flooring). We’ve seen similar choices, with some important differences in reasoning. Our customers are keenly interested in lessening what it takes to maintain (cleaning, upkeep), which often tips the scale when they’re choosing finishes.
More room – Great room designs remained top and over 1/3 of kitchen projects reported increasing the size of the kitchen. Our clients have chosen fewer great rooms, but have definitely chosen larger, more open kitchen designs (with a focus on utility, function and accessibility).
Custom cabinets – : The Houzz report said 40% of kitchen remodeling projects included custom cabinets, with 36% being semi-custom. Our experience is that most all of our clients use custom cabinets, which gives them higher quality that is more aesthetically pleasing, with a more individualized look.
Spending – In January, the Houzz survey said spending was on the rise, with an increase in 2016 spend on kitchen remodels. (1 in 10 spent > $100K, 20% spent between $50K – $100K). This year we’ve seen projects from large to medium; most in the $50K – $110K range.