The kitchen may be considered the heart of the home, but sadly it’s also probably the most outdated room in the home as well. In a recent Houzz study of homeowners that completed a kitchen project in 2014, 25 percent were remodeling a kitchen more than 30 years old, and 41 percent were remodeling a kitchen 16 to 30 years old. Even more surprisingly, most new kitchens last two to four times longer than the average marriage. The study also found that 37 percent of homeowners that remodeled in 2014 have wanted to remodel since purchasing their home, but chose to wait until they had the financial means to do so. So when remodeling an important room in your home that needs to stand the test of time, what features are important to focus on?
Most homeowners are choosing to spend money on high-quality yet subtle features for their kitchen, such as gas ranges and cook tops, stainless steel sinks and appliances, quartz or granite countertops, neutral backsplashes and white cabinets. So while home renovation shows often feature a statement backsplash or other unique features, more homeowners are actually choosing clean, neutral elements that can last the duration of their home ownership and also appeal to a potential future buyer. Kitchen remodelers are also not afraid to invest some serious money to get the kitchen they want. Over 60 percent of 2014 kitchen remodelers reported spending $25,000 or more on their remodel, and another 25 percent spent between $10,000 and $25,000. This is also reflected in remodeler’s key considerations on individual kitchen elements. When asked what considerations were important when choosing features such as appliances, cabinets, lighting fixtures, faucets and paint, an overwhelming number of respondents said quality and design were the most important considerations for every feature, with price coming in a distant 3rd.
Not surprisingly, storage and organization features are also important to kitchen remodelers. Many respondents reported spending money on custom storage solutions, such as pull-out shelves, utensil and cookie sheet drawers, deep cabinet organizers and built in bars or wine bars. And when asked what functions were important in a kitchen, 65 percent of respondents said “easy to store and find things” was their top priority.
So what’s the takeaway? With a room that’s expected to last decades before the next renovation, most homeowners are choosing to invest significant money into high-quality, stylish and functional elements that will remain so for years to come.
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