New Houzz Kitchen Remodeling Survey Shows Bigger Isn’t Necessarily Better


When it comes to kitchens, bigger isn’t necessarily better – at least according to the first-ever Houzz Kitchen Remodeling Survey, which polled nearly 8,000 consumers about their kitchen remodeling plans and progress. Results of the just-released survey showed that, while bigger kitchens may not be trending, the open kitchen concept remains strong, with 77% of those polled saying their new kitchen will be open to other rooms of the house.

Additionally, what consumers are giving up in added size, they seem to be putting into getting their dream kitchen just right, with increasingly numbers of homeowners choosing to do a complete remodel from the inside out. In fact, 49% of those polled say they are gutting their kitchen and starting from scratch, compared to 42% who are merely updating an existing kitchen.

Islands are also popular, with 61% of survey respondents choosing to incorporate a kitchen island, and 94% changing their countertops as part of the remodel. Granite and quartz were the top countertop choices among those polled, while tile, followed by glass, topped the list of favored backsplash choices.

In appliances, stainless remains the hottest trend, with 65% incorporating stainless appliances, followed by 16% who are choosing integrated appliances and 12% going with white or colored appliances. With a nod to the mix-and-match trend, some 7% say they are combining appliance finishes.

Topping their appliance wish list, consumers cited a chef’s stove (32%), followed by double ovens (17%), an induction cooktop (9%) and a wine refrigerator or dishwasher drawer (7% each).

Interestingly, while many believe the green trend to be waning, some 49% of those polled said that using eco-friendly appliances and materials in their kitchen is important.

Details of the survey will be published in the December issue of Kitchen & Bath Design News. based in Palo Alto, CA, is a leading online platform for home remodeling and design, connecting millions of homeowners, home improvement professionals and designers across the country and around the world to share design inspiration, project advice, product information and professional reviews.

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