Houzz revealed findings from a survey of U.S. homeowners on Houzz about their recent or planned kitchen renovation projects.
Most homeowners opt to stay in their homes during a kitchen renovation (66%); the rest move out either partially (26%) or completely (8%). Homeowners staying put are less likely to experience extreme stress than those who move out, while partial movers are most likely to regret their arrangements (23%). Most movers opt to live with family and friends (55%).
More than half of upgraded faucets are high-tech (57%), boasting water efficiency, no-fingerprint coating or touch-free activation. Other high-tech features such as wireless controls (16%) in upgraded appliances and home assistants (31%) in upgraded electronics are growing in popularity. Black stainless steel appliances now appear in 1 in 10 upgraded kitchens.
Styles and finishes in the kitchen are shifting. While transitional is still the most popular style (21%), farmhouse (14%) has seen steady gains, now nearly tying with contemporary (15%) for second place. Gray cabinets are also gaining momentum (11%). Most homeowners are mixing metal finishes in hardware and fixtures with matte nickel, oil-rubbed bronze and matte black.
Engineered quartz (48%) surpassed all natural stone materials combined (43%) in popularity, paving the way to increasingly white countertops. Similarly, engineered flooring, such as engineered wood, vinyl and laminate, has become nearly twice as popular (40%) as natural hardwood (24%).
Over a third of baby boomers (ages 55 or older) address aging needs during kitchen renovations (37%), a lower proportion than that reported for master bathrooms (56%). Those addressing aging needs are more likely to make their kitchens larger and more open and to equip them with elaborate lighting, cooktops, wall ovens, touch-free faucets and stone flooring.
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