Countertops before electronics. Countertops are the most
popular feature to upgrade, followed closely by backsplashes
and kitchen sinks. Notably, a majority of kitchen renovations
( 51 percent) open the space more to a nearby room, reflecting
the ongoing popularity of the great-room concept.
Contemporary moment. In terms of style post-renovation,
contemporary has surpassed transitional in popularity among
kitchen renovators, the survey found. Style preferences
have an interesting correlation with age group: Millennial
homeowners (ages 25 to 34) are more likely to choose
modern and farmhouse style, while baby boomers (ages 55
and up) are more likely to prefer traditional style. Millennial
homeowners are also more likely to install kitchen islands.
Organization nerds, meet your dream kitchen. Among
the renovating homeowners who are upgrading their
cabinets, a large share choose built-in organizers that help
them maximize their space. The most popular built-in is a
pullout trash or recycling cabinet, followed by cookie sheet
organizers and then Lazy Susans.
Do you buy for looks or durability? Granite and quartz
came in neck and neck for the most popular countertop
choices, with butcher block or wood slab a distant third.
When it comes to choosing countertops, 72 percent of
homeowners make their choice for the look and feel of the
material, while 53 percent choose for durability.
Hardwood is in a dead heat with ceramic or porcelain tile
for the most frequently selected new material among kitchen
renovators updating their flooring. This year, hardwood
slipped a bit in popularity, as tile rose. Owners tend to choose
flooring material for its look and feel ( 81 percent), as well as
its durability ( 63 percent). People tend to choose wood or
engineered wood for its look, while those who prefer ceramic
or porcelain material tend to choose it for durability.