Kitchen study puts organization first

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Storage and organization top the list of consumers seeking kitchen updates, according to the 2018 Kitchen Trends Study from Houzz, a popular online media platform for home remodeling and design.

Houzz surveyed over 1,700 homeowners in the U.S. who are planning to or have recently completed a kitchen project. They want uncluttered counters, plenty of storage, and solutions for recycling.

Storage is the number one priority when it comes to the functionality of their new kitchens, followed by creating a pleasant environment to cook, interacting with family, and entertain, according to the survey.

“Our annual kitchen trends surveys reveal that consumer preferences for products, design and technology vary not only across urban, suburban and rural areas, but also evolve over time,” Nino Sitchinava, principal economist at Houzz, said in a statement. “Countertops in particular are having a real moment today as homeowners focus on decluttering surfaces for a sleek and tidy kitchen post-renovation.”

Remodelers are most often choosing engineered quartz for countertops, which has surpassed granite in popularity. Nearly 40 percent are adding kitchen islands, especially in rural areas.

The average spent on a major remodel, which includes replacing at least all of the cabinetry and appliances, is $42,000 for a 200-sq.-ft. or larger kitchen is. A major remodel of a smaller kitchen averages $25,800, according to the survey.

The full report is available at www.houzz.com

This article originally appeared in the March 2018 issue.

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