Kitchen Not-So-Confidential

Most U.S. homeowners plan swanky kitchen remodels but have yet to begin

Homeowners plan swanky kitchen remodels but have yet to begin

Kitchen at 3801 Normandy in Dallas
According to a study by Houzz, people are creating kitchens to please themselves, making them beautiful and functional. Photo courtesy of Joan Eleazer/Briggs Freeman Sothebys
Kitchen at 6607 Desco in Dallas
Homeowners still prefer stainless steel and desire high-end appliances such as dishwasher drawers and wine fridges. Photo courtesy of Spun Creative Group
Kitchen at 8211 Inwood Rd. in Dallas
Many homeowners remodeling kitchens are including adjacent spaces in their plans. Photo courtesy of Doris Jacobs
AIA Houston design awards July 2013 Murphy Mear Robinhood Residence kitchen
Most homeowners planning a kitchen remodel intend to gut it and start from scratch. Photo by © Kyle Humphries
Kitchen at 3801 Normandy in Dallas
Kitchen at 6607 Desco in Dallas
Kitchen at 8211 Inwood Rd. in Dallas
AIA Houston design awards July 2013 Murphy Mear Robinhood Residence kitchen

Most homeowners have grand plans for how they hope their houses will look. Of course, this usually involves some sort of remodel. What is the room of choice this fall? That would be the cornerstone of the home: the kitchen.

But just because the plans have been made and the estimates have been calculated, things may not be in the works just yet.

According to Houzz, of the more than 7,000 homeowners who shared kitchen remodel plans, a whopping 68 percent of them haven’t begun construction. I guess our grandparents would be proud of us for thinking things through before taking a hammer to the traditional kitchens of their childhood.

 According to Houzz, of the more than 7,000 homeowners who shared kitchen remodel plans, a whopping 68 percent of them haven’t begun construction.

Although motivations for a kitchen remodel vary, all reasons gravitate toward one bottom line: People are creating kitchens to please themselves, making them beautiful and functional.

Seventy-nine percent of respondents said they hoped to improve their kitchen’s look and feel, so it may not come as a surprise that a tile backsplash (50 percent) and hardwood floors (35 percent) are the most popular remodel materials. Tile is also a popular choice for flooring, coming in second at 32 percent.

What’s a remodeled kitchen without new appliances? Houzzers agree, and they all desire the same high-end toys. A chef’s stove tops the list of lust-worthy appliances (32 percent), with double ovens (18 percent) coming in second. Other coveted appliances include wine fridges, dishwasher drawers, warming drawers and pot fillers.

Stainless steel is here to stay, it seems, as many respondents (65 percent) are combining stainless appliances with white, colored or appliances integrated into cabinetry.

Now for some things that surprised us. We know that a start-from-scratch remodel is ideal, but we didn’t expect for it to be the majority. Oh, U.S. homeowners, you are so idealistic in your remodeling plans. Maybe, just maybe, that is why more than half of you haven’t gotten started yet.

At any rate, almost half (49 percent) are choosing to gut the kitchen and start from scratch versus working with existing elements and focusing on an update here or there.

Another surprising statistic in the Houzz study is that bigger is not always better when it comes to kitchens. However, lots of homeowners want to have their multi-tiered cake and eat it too, so they pine for more open space.

Kitchens connecting to other rooms are on trend, as 77 percent are choosing to create more space by joining other rooms with the remodeled space.

We end with some things that may never change. Although people’s personal design preferences were all over the place, one truth still stands: Younger homeowners define their style as contemporary or modern versus the 55-plus crowd who favor a traditional look.