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ORLANDO, Fla. – What do homeowners say is the No. 1 priority for kitchens? Storage, according to the 2018 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Study.
At 63 percent, storage trumped other priority functions for homeowners in the kitchen, while 38 percent wanted a kitchen that made it “easy to work, play and live.” Next on the priority list: a kitchen that’s easy to entertain and also easy to clean, which tied at 32 percent.
Homeowners are remodeling kitchens to add more storage and organization, such as with recycling baskets, cookie sheet and tray organizers, revolving corner trays, deep drawer organizers, and pull-out or swing-out trays and shelves.
The Houzz study found that countertops are the most common major feature upgraded during a kitchen renovation and most commonly splurged-on item. Plus, engineered quartz is now the most popular kitchen countertop material choice (43 percent), overtaking granite (34 percent).
To add more storage and counter space, nearly two in five homeowners surveyed said they’re adding kitchen islands.
The average amount spent on a major kitchen remodel – which includes replacing at least all of the cabinetry and appliances – for a 200-square-foot or greater kitchen is $42,000, according to Houzz. A major remodel of a smaller kitchen averages $25,800.
The Houzz survey, which polled more than 1,700 homeowners, also showed the following most popular trends in the kitchen:
- Color: White kitchens with white backsplashes, countertops, and wall finishes continue to dominate.
- Flooring: Natural hardwood is the most popular, but it’s declining while wood-like flooring such as engineered wood or laminate rise.
- Cabinets: Shaker cabinets are the most popular door styles among those updating cabinets, followed by flat-panel and raised panel.