New Kitchen, Healthier Lifestyle: HOUZZ.com's "2017 Kitchen Trends" Survey
A new kitchen might do more for your home than you think!
Houzz.com sent out a survey to registered Houzz users in the U.S., and fielded in June and July 2016. Homeowners who completed a bathroom renovation project in the past 12 months, are currently working on one, or plan to start one in the next three months shared their plans and progress in their online survey.
A third of respondents in HOUZZ.com's 2017 Kitchen Trends Study of more than 2,700 U.S. homeowners using Houzz said that they are leading healthier lifestyles after their kitchen renovation.
Forty-one percent said they cook more meals at home (three-quarters cook five or more meals at home each week after renovating!) and 34% said they order less take out. Twenty-six percent of respondents also said they eat more fruits and vegetables after upgrading their kitchen.
Other lifestyle changes? Nearly half of respondents said they enjoy more family time (49%) and 40% say they entertain more. Perhaps one downside to having a more functional kitchen: 32% say they work from home more post-renovation.
- NEW KITCHEN, HEALTHY LIFESTYLE
A third of homeowners report leading a healthier lifestyle after a kitchen renovation, from eating more fruits and vegetables to preparing more meals at home.
- MILLENNIALS PREFER MODERN AND FARMHOUSE KITCHENS
While contemporary is the most popular style across all age groups, millennial homeowners (25-34) are more likely to opt for modern or farmhouse kitchens than older homeowners (35+), while Baby Boomers (55+) are more likely to prefer traditional style. Millennial homeowners are also more likely to install kitchen islands.
- 3 BEAUTY OF MARBLE, DURABILITY OF QUARTZ
The look and durability of materials are the top reasons for selecting certain countertops and flooring. Cost is third in importance for millennial homeowners, while ease of cleaning is third for older generations. Marble counters and wood flooring are rated highest for their look, and granite/quartz counters and porcelain flooring for their durability.
- AN EVEN GREATER ROOM
More than one-third of kitchen renovators are increasing the room’s size. Open concepts continue to be en vogue, with 51% of new kitchens more open to other rooms and 20% more open to the outdoors.
New Kitchen Renovation, Healthy Habits
A third of homeowners report that they are leading healthier lifestyles after their kitchen renovation. This is reflected in cooking more meals at home (41%), ordering less takeout (34%), and eating more fruits and vegetables (26%). In fact, three-quarters cook five or more meals at home each week after their renovation (76%).
Continuing to Open Up
Great rooms continue to be popular, with over half of kitchens more open to nearby rooms following renovations. Meanwhile, over a third of renovating homeowners are increasing their kitchen size and many more are replacing major kitchen elements from countertops to flooring. Even windows and/or doors are being replaced in more than a quarter of renovated kitchens.
Kitchen Island Dreams
The most popular kitchen built-ins are pantry cabinets and islands, appearing in two of five renovated kitchens (41% and 40%, respectively). Homeowners 54 and younger are significantly more likely to install an island than older homeowners (49% vs. 36%, respectively).
High Rates of Pro Hiring for Kitchen Renovations
Similar to Houzz's survey last year, the majority of homeowners are hiring professionals like Stebnitz Builders for their kitchen renovations (88%), including general contractors (54%) and kitchen remodelers (10%). Design specialists, such as kitchen designers, interior designers, and architects, are also in very high demand.
Among renovating homeowners who are upgrading their cabinets (81%), many opt for built-in organizers to maximize the use of space (76%), make finding things easier (56%), and/or reduce clutter (49%). Pot and pan organizers and deep drawer organizers are gaining in popularity.
When choosing kitchen materials, millennial homeowners are twice as likely to be driven by cost considerations than homeowners over age 35. Older generations are more likely to consider physical qualities such as stain or heat resistance and comfort.
For more insights from the 2017 U. S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Study, check out the full report here.