Remodeling your kitchen and adding new features and design trends has been a big hit during the pandemic, with the kitchen being the most upgraded area of the home since the pandemic, according to a survey by the US-based website Houzz. Folks are happy to spend upwards of $20,000 to get a great outcome.
Some 50% of respondents said they replaced all their appliances. Two out of five people changed their plumbing and electrical set ups, which can be expensive. Some 40% increased the size of their kitchen, and one third say they moved or added walls. Their upgrade list also included new countertops, faucets, sinks, and backsplashes.
Whether you’re building a new home with us or thinking about remodeling the home you’re currently in, there are plenty of excellent kitchen features you can add to make your kitchen truly stand out. Here are some of the hottest features identified in the Houzz survey.
Kitchens That Open On To Decks
Research suggests the walls are starting to go up around kitchens again making kitchens contained. An alternative trend is for the kitchen to open onto a deck or patio which allows open-air dining without the need for an additional outdoor kitchen.
The four inch strip of glass is out. Instead, backsplashes are going all the way up to the hanging wall cabinets. And forget big and bold colors. Whites and neutrals are in so that other parts of the kitchen design can take center stage.
Cutting edge kitchen designers are now suggesting you don’t match your island with the rest of the kitchen. It should make a statement rather than blend in.
You can never have enough storage. Demand is believed to have peaked during the pandemic when we were all committed to stocking up. Houzz claims four times the amount of storage is being built into a kitchen than two or three years ago. Cabinets are now going all the way to the ceiling. And open shelving, while still popular, is taking a step back.
Everyone wants to walk into their pantry this year as opposed to just leaning in. Full butlers pantries – which can be as serious as a virtual kitchen behind the kitchen – are big at the luxury end of the spectrum. That way you can cook (or have the caterers come in) and not see the mess.
Expensive wooden floors are making way for patterned vinyl. Ceramic and porcelain tiles have also been making a comeback. (We here in Texas have lead the charge on that trend!)