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An uncluttered kitchen is a homeowner’s remodeling goal, says 2018 survey

The biggest trend in kitchen remodels is tidiness, according a survey of more than 1,700 U.S. homeowners who use the home design website and are either planning or in the midst of a remodel.

The 2018 Houzz Kitchen Trends Study found that, for 75 per cent of the homeowners, decluttering counters was the No. 1 priority. That was followed by 66 per cent who wanted to put things away and 49 per cent who focused on recycling.

Respondents agreed that kitchen renos are a major and expensive undertaking: the cost for a 200-square-foot or larger kitchen averaged $ 42,000 (about $ 52,500 Canadian) or about $ 25,800 ($ 32,300 Canadian) for smaller kitchens.

For their new kitchens, homeowners wanted pullout waste bins, utensil and dish organizers, and wine bars.

Storage is a priority in today’s kitchen. Sixty-three per cent of those surveyed chose storage as the No. 1 function concern, followed by space planning (38 per cent), entertaining (32 per cent) and cleanliness (32 per cent).

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For additional storage and countertop space, 39 per cent of homeowners are adding islands.

According to the Houzz survey, homeowners prefer transitional or contemporary styles and Shaker cabinets for their kitchen, although European cabinets with sleeker finishes are trending, says Tara Ryan, president and CEO of the design firm Ryan Young Interiors. And white continues to rule for backsplashes, countertops and wall finishes, according to the study.

“You will see black stainless steel in coming months as well as black with gold-accented plumbing fixtures,” says Nikki Klugh, principal designer of the Nikki Klugh Design Group. “On the more expressive side, be on the lookout for painted cabinets in all colours — anything from a more-stately navy blue to a bright, modern orange.”

For countertops, engineered quartz has become the favourite material as granite declines in popularity.

Fewer homeowners are installing TVs, while more are adding voice-activated home assistants and smart appliances.


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